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This review is from: Revolver (Audio CD)
As other reviewers have pointed out, Revolver is somewhat a transitionary album, conceived as the Fab Four were evolving from mop-topped, stadium-filling rock 'n' rollers to the studio based experimentalists that produced their later, similarly groudbreaking work. Both are present here, and although it possibly doesn't represent the very summit of either incarnation, it's an album that showcases all their strengths.
The album begins with the stinging Taxman. Lyrically, it's a song that could have been written specifically to peeve me. As a) someone who works in Local Taxes, and b) a left-leaning redistributionist, I find the song's "hands off my millions" sentiment deeply irksome ("one for you nineteen for me", that only leaves the boys with enough to gold-plate everything they own!) but it's testament to how favourably disposed I am to Revolver that I love it, particularly the explosive guitar solo at the end. Harrison's other two contributions, I Want To Tell You and Love You Too, may not be quite up to that standard but are still impressive.
Lennon offers some pretty strong Beatle-Beat numbers; And Your Bird Can Sing, Doctor Robert and She Said She Said, but that doesn't mean he's just coasting on past glories. He helps invent big-beat and drone rock with Tomorrow Never Knows and I'm Only Sleeping.
Probably the star on this occasion however is McCartney, who contributes some of his most beautiful, humane work with Here, There and Everwhere, For No One and Eleanor Rigby, probably my favourite Beatles song of all.
That of course leaves the divisive Yellow Submarine, which I happen to like. Nothing wrong with a child-like quality; people like Daniel Johnston and Jonathan Richman have built careers on it.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2009 14:23:03 BDT
Remenber they where taxed at a wopping 98% and it was the government who got the Millions for their tallent. I don't supose any one these days would stay in the country if taxed to that extent but all four did untill the band split.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2009 21:48:19 GMT
Good point! The 'me' in "one for you nineteen for me" is the taxman talking!
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