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The ultimate pop album,
By A Customer
This review is from: Revolver (Audio CD)
Revolver has always played second fiddle to the Beatles' famous masterpiece, Sgt Pepper. It is true to say that Revolver does not have the same cohesiveness of its successor (nor does it have that song to end all songs, A Day in the Life), but in general, Revolver has the better tunes.
It starts with the proto-punk satire of Taxman (famously "borrowed" by the Jam in "Start"), only to follow with the wintry strings and tragedic lyrics of Eleanor Rigby. The album then varies between early psychadelia (I'm Only Sleeping), Indian ragga (Love You To), childhood singalong (Yellow Submarine) and soul (Got to Get You Into My Life). Here, There and Everywhere is one of the Fabs' most beautiful songs (although their own version is a little sickly) and For No-One is a hidden gem, perhaps one of MacCartney's 5 best songs.
She Said, She Said, Good Day Sunshine, And Your Bird Can Sing - all add to the summery, West-coast vibe of the album, and then something weird happens.
Apparently it's only distorted laughter, but what sounds like a flock of seagulls descends from the heavens, a thumping drum-beat starts up and Lennon's highly-compressed vocal commands that you sit up and pay attention. This isn't the happy-chappy mop-tops any more - this is the real deal, the point where they were truly on top of the world. Tomorrow Never Knows is so far ahead of its time that even the cutting-edge Chemical Brothers have shown themselves to be in debt to the piece. From here, the Beatles would go onto Strawberry Fields Forever, the afore-mentioned A Day in the Life and other musical masterpieces. Just think how incredible their transformation was - in 1963 they were singing She Loves You, and just 3 years later they deliver this record. That's the equivalent of Boyzone evolving into Einsturzende Neubauten in a couple of years - no I don't think it'll happen either!
This album would put all but a handful of other bands' greatest hits collections to shame, and yet the Beatles could rustle it up within a couple of months. Listen and be amazed.