The Beatles - Revolver (Vinyl)

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Revolver is the seventh studio album by the Beatles. It was released on 5 August 1966. The album was the Beatles' final recording project before their retirement as live performers and marked the group's most overt use of studio technology to date, building on the advances of their late 1965 release Rubber Soul. It has since become regarded as one of the greatest and most innovative albums in the history of popular music, with recognition centred on its range of musical styles, diverse sounds, and lyrical content.

The Beatles recorded Revolver after taking a three-month break at the start of 1966, and during a period when London was feted as the era's cultural capital. Regarded by some commentators as the start of the group's psychedelic period, the songs reflect their interest in the drug LSD, Eastern philosophy and the avant-garde while addressing themes such as death and transcendence from material concerns. With no plans to reproduce their new material in concert, the band made liberal use of automatic double tracking, varispeed reversed tapes, close audio miking, and instruments outside of their standard live set-up. Among its tracks are "Tomorrow Never Knows",  incorporating heavy Indian drone and a collage of tape-loops "Eleanor Rigby", a song about loneliness featuring a string-octet as its only musical backing; and  "Love You To", a foray into Hindustani classic music. The sessions also produced a non-album single, "Paperback Writer" backed with "Rain".

LP pressing on 180-gram vinyl. 

This is a prime example of what "the album as art" is all about. It all gets covered here. Gritty rock, gorgeous ballads, bold experimentation, exquisite orchestration, solid song structure, catchy tunes, etc. You name it!!! And the whole band is showcased. This album reaches where few others can. Considering it was 1966 and there was nothing else like it at the time. The Beatles set the tone for everything else to come with this album. Rubber Soul may have been the first "true rock album" but Revolver took it to a whole new place that was previously untouched. Even the holy Sgt. Pepper doesn't touch the eccentricity that this album does. When considering a truly great album, I feel that it is necessary to consider songwriting, musicianship, production, palatability, originality, creativity and how well it holds up over time. This has it all. Most people forget that sounds like this were unprecedented at the time. The greatest rock band of all time doing what they did best, raising the bar for everyone else!

By: Saueyjack1968.

A1 Taxman
A2 Eleanor Rigby
A3 I'm Only Sleeping
A4 Love You To
A5 Here, There and Everywhere
A6 Yellow Submarine
A7 She Said She Said
B1 Good Day Sunshine
B2 And Your Bird Can Sing
B3 For No One
B4 Doctor Robert
B5 I Want To Tell You
B6 Got To Get You Into My Life
B7 Tomorrow Never Knows

Catalogue Number: PCS 7009

Record Label: Parlophone Records.

Produced by: George Martin

Recorded at: EMI Studios / Abbey Road Studios, London