ARTIST: The Beatles
YEAR RELEASED: 1966
CHART ACTION: #1 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Yellow Submarine (#2 US, #1 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh…Taxman, Eleanor Rigby, Good Day Sunshine, heck, you know almost all of it…
LINEUP: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr. Plenty of people sang and helped out.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A stunning, eclectic masterpiece of studio craft and songwriting.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Beatles had been moving in a more eclectic direction, but even Rubber Soul was still mostly a guitar-band album. Not so Revolver.
Sure, there are rockers (“Taxman”, “And Your Bird Can Sing”, etc.) But there’s a song that’s fully string section, a song fully using sitar and table, a novelty, weird psychedelic rock songs, jubilant vaudeville numbers, low key love songs, low key breakup songs, and whatever the heck “Tomorrow Never Knows” is classified. They stretched out and everything worked. Everything.
Even the weakest songs, showcase the band and their musicianship to the fullest, and the ‘weakest’ song here would probably be a smash for any other band.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They took about eight weeks to record this, an eternity in 1966.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Well, the US version yanked out three songs for a compilation album that was released earlier in 1966 than Revolver, and the tracks destined for this album in the UK stood out from the other tracks.
GRADE: A+: This is in contention for the best album of all time.