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Revolver Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0025KVLTC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
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1. Taxman
2. Eleanor Rigby
3. I'm only sleeping
4. Love you to
5. Here there and everywhere
6. Yellow submarine
7. She said she said
8. Good day sunshine
9. And your bird can sing
10. For no one
11. Dr Robert
12. I want to tell you
13. Got to get you into my life
14. Tomorrow never knows

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BBC Review

Recorded at Abbey Road studios between April and June 1966, Revolver is a truly rare breed of album, one that stands up to repeated scrutiny and overexposure. Its exalted reputation and high-ranking position in every Greatest Albums of All Time list under the sun are well deserved.

The Beatles’ transition from a gigging unit to studio band was sealed with this record: a mature, complex, frequently witty work, there is simply no filler to be found on Revolver. Paul McCartney’s creativity is aflame, this collection housing his most durable material. Many writers would struggle to manage just one song of the calibre of Eleanor Rigby, For No One, Here, There and Everywhere, Got to Get You into My Life or Good Day Sunshine. Here, McCartney effortlessly delivers all five.

Although John Lennon’s material is more slender – Dr. Robert, I'm Only Sleeping – it’s still memorable, and he steals the show with his final song, the Tibetan Book of the Dead-referencing Tomorrow Never Knows, which points the way to not just the group's future but also the next few years in rock. Asking producer George Martin to make him sound like the “Dalai Lama chanting from a hilltop”, Lennon’s looped and flanged drone still sounds unlike anything else in rock. As the track, built around an aggressive Ringo Starr drum loop, collapses after three minutes into honky-tonk piano, it concludes a remarkable work, perhaps The Beatles’ most consistent album.

And all this is without mentioning George Harrison's Indian experimentation on Love You To, his searing attack on the tax system – that’ll be Taxman – and the best kid's pop song of all time, Yellow Submarine.

Within a month of the album's release in August of 66, The Beatles gave up touring. There was no way they could replicate this new sophisticated and experimental sound on stage beneath a barrage of screams. --Daryl Easlea

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher J. Welch on 23 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Though not as immediately accessible as the folk rock of Rubber Soul, 1966's Revolver is an album that had aged with consumate grace. Having largely shaken off the mop-top image of songs such as 'She Loves You' and 'Please Please Me', the hugely successful Beatles were now in a position where they could afford to spend months in the studio perfecting their music and craft. The decision to quit touring also allowed for greater experimentation as none of the new tracks had to be recreated in a live environment.
Revolver has, for over 40 years, lived in the shadow of Sgt Pepper but, in all honesty, it is a far better record. Paul supplies the quota of ballads with the lovely 'For No One' and his career besting 'Here There And Everywhere' - one of John Lennon's favourite ever Beatles tracks. Macca also contributes 'Elanor Rigby' and 'Good Day Sunshine' - both of which are peerless examples of contemporary pop (and yes they do still sound modern and fresh).
Lennon himself was no slouch either and it's his willingness to push the boundaries that really lifts Revolver - 'She Said She Said', 'Doctor Robert' and the harmony driven 'And Your Bird Can Sing' effortlessly bridge the gap between ringing guitar pop/rock and the drug feulled mini symphonies that would dominate Sgt Pepper a year later. George's fine 'Taxman' also showed a songwriter poised on the edge of true greatness and is a real 'pot boiler' of an opening track.
Revolver was a landmark album in 1966 and it still sounds just as contemporary and exciting today - even 'Yellow Submarine' !
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on 22 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Overshadowed by the massive adulation afforded to "Sgt. Pepper" - which for at least two decades after was considered the Beatles, and even rock music's finest hour - time has shown "Revolver" not only to be a better but much more pivotal work.
Why? Well caught, in early 1966, between a global audience who simply wanted more of their peerlessly tuneful "pop" songs, and a musical mind-set that was a million miles away from where they'd been only a year or so before, the Beatles pulled off the extraordinary feat of pushing rock music's boundaries out to the edge while showing that musical innovation could still be integrated into a satisfying melodic framework. The result? Well at its most extreme "Revolver" has "Tomorrow Never Knows" & "Love to You" (two of the mid-60's best avant-garde tracks) colliding head-on with "Here There and Everywhere" "Eleanor Rigby" & "For No One" (three of the most beautiful MOR ballads ever made) with each sitting, quite comfortably, within what has to be the broadest musical canvas ever committed to disc.
But it's what goes on between these extremes that makes "Revolver" such a brilliant album. In "Taxman", "I'm Only Sleeping", "She Said She Said", "And Your Bird Can Sing", "Doctor Robert" & "I Want to Tell You" the Beatles took the explorations that others (most notably the Yardbirds and the Byrds) had started and then applied their outstanding song-writing skills to them to show just how good this new music could be. And, because it was so good, they catapulted it straight into "the mainstream", laying down a reference point which others were bound to follow. What happened over the following year of huge musical change, culminating in "Sgt. Pepper's" anthemic but far less challenging celebration of it, owed a huge debt to "Revolver" - not only the Beatles best album but the catalyst for a scale shift in rock music.
If you haven't done so recently, play it and be amazed... and if you still don't own it, get it straight away.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Janan Ganesh on 21 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
In 1966, the Beach Boys released their masterpiece, 'Pet Sounds', after being inspired by the Beatles' 'Rubber Soul' which had been released the previous year. It presented a creative challenge to the Beatles, and the world waited to see whether they could respond with an album worthy of restoring their primacy in the compelling artistic competition between the two bands. With 'Revolver', they did that and more.
Here we have the most important exponents of popular music captured at the peak of their powers. Containing the finest moments of Lennon ('Tomorrow Never Knows'), McCartney ('Eleanor Rigby') and Harrison ('Taxman'), 'Revolver' is not merely the best album by the Beatles, but quite possibly the best album by anyone.
More seamlessly than any of the Beatles' albums, 'Revolver' combines entertainment with innovation. Even its poppiest tracks, such as 'And Your Bird Can Sing' and 'Doctor Robert', feature pioneering qualities - the most notable of which are the aggressively guitar-driven melodies. Indeed, for the prominence of the lead guitar, this is the most Harrisonian of all their albums. Even more original is McCartney's 'Eleanor Rigby' - in my opinion the greatest of all the Beatles' songs. That a normal human being like you or I could produce something so special with a violin, a voice and 120 seconds of recording tape is extraordinary.
The motherlode of imagination, however, is Lennon's 'Tomorrow Never Knows' which, despite being the first track to be recorded in the 'Revolver' sessions, provides the album's finale. Built on a recurring drum loop and backed by psychedelic sound effects, Lennon's vocal soars (reaching a glorious zenith with "love is all and love is everyone") despite being engineered to sound remote and detached.
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