Revolver

Revolver

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An almost unbearably gorgeous album, crafted in the white heat of creativity at a time when the pressure of simply being the Beatles had almost destroyed the group, Revolver represents the first mature flowering of the Beatles' songwriting and instrumental prowess. Nearly every track here amazes: the austere, lovely ballads "Here There and Everywhere" and "ForSee more details below

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An almost unbearably gorgeous album, crafted in the white heat of creativity at a time when the pressure of simply being the Beatles had almost destroyed the group, Revolver represents the first mature flowering of the Beatles' songwriting and instrumental prowess. Nearly every track here amazes: the austere, lovely ballads "Here There and Everywhere" and "For No One"; the proto-psychedelia of "I'm Only Sleeping" and "Tomorrow Never Knows," by turns poignant and frightening; the R&B groove of "Got to Get You into My Life" and its wonderfully concise guitar solo; and even hints of the metal to come in the otherwise sad and despairing "She Said, She Said." Next stop was the greatest two-sided single of all time ("Penny Lane"/"Strawberry Fields") and Sgt. Pepper, the album that would change the world for several highly interesting minutes.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
All the rules fell by the wayside with Revolver, as the Beatles began exploring new sonic territory, lyrical subjects, and styles of composition. It wasn't just Lennon and McCartney, either -- Harrison staked out his own dark territory with the tightly wound, cynical rocker "Taxman"; the jaunty yet dissonant "I Want to Tell You"; and "Love You To," George's first and best foray into Indian music. Such explorations were bold, yet they were eclipsed by Lennon's trippy kaleidoscopes of sound. His most straightforward number was "Doctor Robert," an ode to his dealer, and things just got stranger from there as he buried "And Your Bird Can Sing" in a maze of multi-tracked guitars, gave Ringo a charmingly hallucinogenic slice of childhood whimsy in "Yellow Submarine," and then capped it off with a triptych of bad trips: the spiraling "She Said She Said"; the crawling, druggy "I'm Only Sleeping"; and "Tomorrow Never Knows," a pure nightmare where John sang portions of the Tibetan Book of the Dead into a suspended microphone over Ringo's thundering, menacing drumbeats and layers of overdubbed, phased guitars and tape loops. McCartney's experiments were formal, as he tried on every pop style from chamber pop to soul, and when placed alongside Lennon's and Harrison's outright experimentations, McCartney's songcraft becomes all the more impressive. The biggest miracle of Revolver may be that the Beatles covered so much new stylistic ground and executed it perfectly on one record, or it may be that all of it holds together perfectly. Either way, its daring sonic adventures and consistently stunning songcraft set the standard for what pop/rock could achieve. Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it's still as emulated as it was upon its original release.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077774644129
catalogNumber:
46441

Tracks

  1. Taxman  -  Beatles
  2. Eleanor Rigby  -  Beatles
  3. I'm Only Sleeping  -  Beatles
  4. Love You To  -  Beatles
  5. Here, There and Everywhere  -  Beatles
  6. Yellow Submarine  -  Beatles
  7. She Said She Said  -  Beatles
  8. Good Day Sunshine  -  Beatles
  9. And Your Bird Can Sing  -  Beatles
  10. For No One  -  Beatles
  11. Doctor Robert  -  Beatles
  12. I Want to Tell You  -  Beatles
  13. Got to Get You into My Life  -  Beatles
  14. Tomorrow Never Knows  -  Beatles

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beatles   Primary Artist
George Harrison   Guitar,Sitar,Tambourine,Vocals
John Lennon   Organ,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Horn,Marimbas,Tambourine,Vocals
Paul McCartney   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Ringo Starr   Drums,Tambourine,Vocals
George Martin   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Neil Aspinall   Background Vocals
Anvil Bhagwat   Tabla
Alan Branscombe   Tenor Saxophone
Alan Civil   Horn,French Horn
Peter Coe   Tenor Saxophone
Conlon   Trumpet
Geoff Emerick   Background Vocals
Mal Evans   Background Vocals
Tony Gilbert   Violin
Ian Hammer   Trumpet
Patti Harrison   Background Vocals
Jurgen Hess   Violin
Norman Jones   Cello
Sidney Sax   Violin
John Sharpe   Violin
Stephen Shingles   Viola
Derrick Simpson   Cello
Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton   Trumpet
John Underwood   Viola

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Sound Effects
John Lennon   Sound Effects
George Martin   Producer
Geoff Emerick   Engineer
Alan Rouse   Liner Notes
Klaus Voormann   Cover Design,Cover Illustration
Kevin Howlett   Liner Notes
Steve Rooke   Remastering
Guy Massey   Remastering
Drew Lorimer   Redesign

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