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This review is from: Revolver (Audio CD)
Fantastic songs, fantastic arrangements, fantastic performances, just...fantastic. This, for me, is the second best album of all time, in context anyway. The best is the one that followed it, although I can understand why so many people prefer 'Revolver' to 'Sgt Pepper'. It doesn't contain as much clutter. Pop and rock musicians everywhere would sell their souls to make an album this good.
'Taxman' is a rock song with a great groove. No wonder Paul Weller nicked it for his no. 1 song, 'Start'. Bill Clinton said that 'Eleanor Rigby' gave him a chill down his spine: ghost story rock, anyone? John Lennon's 'I'm Only Sleeping' is one of those almost lazily effortless nuggets that endears him to you. The Indian sounds of George Harrison's 'Love You To' are secondary to its marvellous melody. 'Here, There and Everywhere' is one of the most gorgeous love songs ever written, a sort of soulmate for Brian Wilson's beautiful 'God Only Knows'. 'Yellow Submarine' is great fun the first time around and the jokey effects in the middle are a laugh. This song only annoys you if you listen to it too often, though many people profess to unreservedly hate it. 'She Said She Said' is another compelling rock song inspired by actor Peter Fonda's comment, 'I know what it's like to be dead' while he was under the influence.
Side two of the LP begins with Paul McCartney's infectious, upbeat 'Good Day Sunshine' with its vaguely music hall piano touch. 'And Your Bird Can Sing' is cut from a similar cloth as 'I'm Only Sleeping', though it's a tad more lively. 'For No One' is a delicate, memorable and brief gem featuring harpsichord and French horn. I had to study this song for an Open University course a couple of years ago. 'Doctor Robert' is similar to 'Taxman' in feel and just as satirical. 'I Want To Tell You' has one of those great folky guitar openings that draws you in and an odd but ingenious piano motif. 'Got To Get You Into My Life' is McCartney going gloriously funky, though I'd never have guessed that it was about drugs if I hadn't read it. Finally, 'Tomorrow Never Knows' is a fine, meditative song in its own right, but the eerie effects lend it another dimension and point toward future recordings.
Not everyone likes The Beatles of course and many are sick of hearing about them. But this album is a reminder that they are probably the only major recording artists who are not over-rated, merely over-exposed. It's clear from some of the reviews on here that there are quite a few people out there who are intent on putting them down. Yet I can't imagine anyone listening to 'Revolver' without prejudice and being so scathing. It's been said so many times that it's almost boring, but The Beatles are the best by a mile and 'Revolver' is evidence of that. Just enjoy.