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But the footage in Peter Jackson’s recent documentary on the band, Get Back, certainly proved that assumption wrong … particularly the mind-blowing jam session where the band conjure the documentary’s title track out of thin air. Whiskey in hand, he listens closely, but after 102 seconds of dueling tape loops, psychedelic rhythms and John Lennon intoning lines from “Tibetan Book of the Dead,” he yanks the needle and goes to bed. Spinning popular music off its axis and ushering in a vibrant new era of experimental, avant-garde sonic psychedelia, Revolver brought about a cultural sea change and marked an important turn in The Beatles’ own creative evolution. Taken with the whole of Revolver, the short three-year span between these songs illuminates the band's astonishing creative progression.

Saved my life — or my soul, at least — as a teen in England in the ’80s, and still think it’s the best ever 37. The 1999 Yellow Submarine Songtrack remix of “Love You To” was a tremendous improvement over the original, but the 2022 remix boasts even better clarity and separation of the instruments, immersive percussion, and is a far superior listening experience. Here, the production team have pulled out not only information about the instruments on Revolver, but also, seemingly, the flavor of the room in which they were recorded in Abbey Road/EMI. Even as the contrasting personalities of John, Paul, George and Ringo came to the fore, they still delighted in each other’s company. But we also get to see the alternate cover art by longtime photographer/collaborator Robert Friedman, who had done many of their album cover photos including the iconic one for With The Beatles (a.The Beatles began recording "Love You To" in Studio Two on April 11, the third anniversary of the UK release of "From Me To You. On the whole, though, the stereo remix is a remarkable achievement, one that finally does justice to one of the most important albums ever recorded. I know that QRP has their hands full, but surely someone with a better reputation could have been tapped.

I understand that there is limited space on CD or vinyl to present multiple incarnations of a song, but then why squander some of the real estate with instrumentals? In an interview before Revolver's August 5, 1966 release, Paul explained to NME, "We did it because I, for one, am sick of doing sounds that people can claim to have heard before. What's not forgivable is the unrelenting inner groove distortion on "She Said She Said" on both the remix and the original mono disc. On the down side, I’d never before realized how out of tune the backing vocals on “I Want to Tell You” were – the boys probably should have honed those a little better before committing them to tape. And the album’s mood never stays in one place for long; the mortality permeating the emotionally sophisticated Eleanor Rigby contrasts nicely with the innocence of Good Day Sunshine.But when you start listening to the early versions of these songs in their embryonic states — via the two full LPs of outtakes dubbed Sessions — you hear the evolution of the rhythms and beats he brought to the table. Before it was a glorious mash of swirling sounds, picking them apart somehow makes it less exciting. I will get into the good stuff right from the jump, since I know a lot of you want to know how I (and we here at AP in general!

This is The Beatles off the edge of the map, showing the rest of the world that there were plenty of untouched new vistas begging for exploration. While in most cases, Paul’s higher-pitched harmony greatly enhanced a Beatles song, in this case it didn’t work and they left it out of the final version.Without question, 57 years later Revolver is still one of the greatest albums in history – at the time it was released it was easily the greatest album ever recorded. Pepper, The White Album, and Abbey Road because at this point in their evolution there were fewer instruments to mix.

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