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The best Beatles - & an all-time essential classic!!!,
This review is from: Revolver (Audio CD)
Can it possibly be the case that there are still people around unaware of the pop perfection that is to be found on the Beatles greatest album 'Revolver'?. I would like to think that surely not, for it seems that some time ago the general consensus of opinion shifted away from 'Pepper' and towards this previous years long player as being the collection that truly attains the kind of musical achievements that has remained the standard barer for all pop music that's followed. If there is such a thing as the uninitiated, the reasons are simple; as Paul McCartney understated in a recent interview "the Beatles were an interesting mixture of characters" and just as all the players in a football team performing to the peak of their capabilities can produce a beautiful spectacle so it was in 1966 that all four Beatles were on the top of their respective games, blending together to produce a work that perfectly combines their fascinating mixture of personalities and talents.
Not only did George Harrison throw into the 'Revolver' melting pot a couple of mid-sixties guitar-pop gems with 'Taxman' and 'I Want To Tell You', but he was also starting to properly spread his musical wings to India as best evidenced on the sitar drenched 'Love You To'. This was really the first Beatles album on which George Harrison really made his presence felt. Meanwhile John Lennon, who in the early years had been a solid rock & roll leader of the band, was drifting further into his acid-head psychedelic phase that gave the Beatles their experimental cutting edge during this 66-'67 period, and it's on 'Revolver' that the loop-frenzy quantum-leap of 'Tomorrow Never Knows' can be found - a track that still sounds futuristic today and has inspired whole careers; just look at the sampling DJ duo the Chemical Brothers for an example. So while John Lennon was pushing down the musical barriers, Paul McCartney had effectively responded by composing the best songs of his career, 'Revolver' contains five McCartney originals that touch a level of song-writing, both lyrically and melodically, that he has never really bettered - but that's not to knock McCartney for neither has anyone else and songs like 'Here There And Everywhere', 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'Good Day Sunshine' remain the greatest in his long career. And that leaves Ringo, proving all over this record that he is in fact one of the most under-rated drummers in music while his vocal on the children's classic 'Yellow Submarine' highlights a wonderful group effort showing four musicians on peak creative form still pulling 100% in the same direction. That's why this is the greatest album by the worlds greatest ever pop band....simple!