Monday, February 2, 2009

Revolver: The Album

There are a great many Beatles facts associated with Revolver, which was voted by many artists on VH-1 as the greatest Beatles album ever (this being very much a matter of personal taste). It was released on August 5, 1966 in the UK and on August 8, 1966 in the U.S. The Capitol version deleted "Dr. Robert," "And Your Bird Can Sing," and "I'm Only Sleeping" and put these tracks on their Yesterday and Today package. The LP was recorded from April 6, to June 21, 1966. Revolver was the last LP for which the UK and U.S. versions differed.

Continuing the momentum from Rubber Soul (Harrison felt that the two albums could almost be considered a double album because of their complimentary styles), the Beatles continued their experimentation and use of new and/or different instruments, such as sitar, tabla, brass, sound effects, and tape loops.

Klaus Voorman, who had been a friend of the Beatles since their Hamburg days and who later played bass on some of the band members' solo albums, designed the iconic album cover, which consisted of pen and ink line drawings with parts of pictures pasted into the overall scheme. The working title of the album was Abracadabra. No songs from the album were performed on the Beatles final tour in 1966.

The tracks included:

Eleanor Rigby
I'm Only Sleeping
Love You To
Here, There, and Everywhere
Yellow Submarine
She Said She Said
Good Day Sunshine
And Your Bird Can See
For No One
Dr. Robert
I Want to Tell You
Got to Get You Into My Life
Tomorrow Never Knows

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