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This review is from: Revolver (Audio CD)
There is so much to marvel at on this 1966 album that is it is difficult to know where to start. I think if one thing stands out it is the sheer melodic brilliance of Paul McCartney whose songwriting is at an absolute peak throughout. 'Here There And Everywhere' is just about his most affecting ballad, even perhaps topping 'Yesterday' from the previous year. The melody is made in Heaven and I don't use that word lightly. 'For No One' is a masterpiece with its descending chord sequence and beguiling melody. And this is from a man with no classical music training! And if that wasn't enough we have 'Eleanor Rigby'. No wonder Lennon was effusive in his praise of his partner on this album. The standard of these three songs is so high it's not even funny. McCartney would reach these heights in later years but when you've reached this level it is hard to equal. Here on this album his touch is one of sheer genius. The other two McCartney songs are hardly lightweights either: 'Good Day Sunshine' brims with optimism and colour, in the same way that Harrison's 'Here Comes The Sun' was to do 3 years later. And 'Got To Get You Into My Life' is a soulful classic with its distinctive horn refrains and thought-provoking and uplifting lyrics.
And that's just Paul's contribution.
Meanwhile Lennon is exploring other avenues such as the world of dreams in 'I'm Only Sleeping' and 'Tomorrow Never Knows' and when one hears these songs presented alongside Paul's melodic masterpieces, one can truly wonder if this is the same band. Here John and Paul perfectly compliment eachother and although the styles are different, it makes for a captivating listen. On this album, The Beatles were at the peak of their powers and believe it or not were still touring the world singing 'She Loves You' at this point. No wonder they quit touring. They saw it first on 'Rubber Soul' from 1965, that there was another world to discover in the studio, away from the screams and adulation. Where they could reach artistic heights only dreamt of previously. There is still some evidence of the rock and roll days from Lennon on the blistering 'And Your Bird Can Sing' and 'Doctor Robert' both featuring some great electric guitar and harmonies to boot. 'She Said She Said' may not be much of a song but the delivery is electric. And Loud.
And then we come to The Quiet One. George Harrison. 'Taxman' is one hell of an opener and timeless in its message and about the most pulsating thing Hari Georgeson has committed to vinyl. Even Roy Carr and Tony Tyler were impressed. The other two George tracks are weaker for sure but fit the format perfectly.
And somwhere buried in here is 'Yellow Submarine' which many people have slighted over the years. OK so it's a children's song which sounds a bit lost amidst it heavier brothers here. But in its way it is timeless. And after all it led to the film of the same name which must stand as one of the greatest animated films for kids. Ever. Ask any Blue Meanie if you're not convinced of this.
And Ringo. Well he learnt to play chess on Sgt Pepper. Here he is more than once called upon to produce the goods, particularly on 'She Said She Said' and 'Tomorrow Never Knows'. And on the single 'Paperback Writer/Rain' single released at the same time but not featured on the album. On these tracks his drumming is massive. No wonder this is the accepted pinnacle of The Beatles' entire career. Up against some pretty stiff competition for sure but song for song I struggle to see how any band could topple this album. Not even The Beatles. One word to sum it up? So many spring to mind but I will settle for one. Staggering :-)
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2008 11:02:38 BDT
M. G. Abbott says:
Yet another Staggering review from Heaton.
Posted on 30 Jul 2009 18:33:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jul 2009 18:34:04 BDT
Yep; that about sums it up. Couldn't have put it better myself.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2011 01:56:50 BDT
N. D. TIDIMAN says:
Are you being paid by Mr Heaton to keep saying how wonderful he is?
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2011 14:20:49 BDT
Mister Kite says:
Shocked and stunned as well as staggered... great review! Is it the peak of the Beatles's career?! Thinking seems to vary between this and Pepper. At the end of the day it's down to personal preference. Some might prefer Rubber Soul, some (myself) others might say Magical Mystery Tour is the height of the Beatles sunflower, although it could be argued that MMT was never a proper full length album originally. What really is staggering however, is that all four of the above albums were produced within a three year period! Such productivity and such quality will NEVER be rivalled in rock and roll ever again, surely!
Posted on 18 Feb 2012 18:08:27 GMT
Count Arthur says:
Great review of a great album. This is my favourite Beatles album. It has lots of different textures and it has this amazing mysterious 'spacy' sound throughout. After all the 'spacyness' was what we were all into at the time.
Posted on 21 Aug 2015 14:10:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Aug 2015 14:12:48 BDT
Ciaran Flynn says:
Pushing 10 years old this review but still holds true, geat review. I became a Beatles fan in 1978 aged 9 and have never looked back. Over the years my favourite album has been pepper, abbey road, white album but i always come back to this masterpiece as my favourite. McCartneys songs on this album are just ridiculously good, Here, There and E is my favourite Beatles song............I think, its hard to choose. Mister Kite, whats even more staggering is the Beatles produced 13 albums (if you include the White album as two), 2 CDs worth of singles (the past masters) all in basically 8 years. Staggering when you consider the big bands these days, they take 3, 4 even 5 years between albums. And then there is the quailty of the albums, Greatest band of all time, no question, will never be equalled.
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