CDP 7 46441-2 Revolver
Produced by George Martin
Released on August 1966
UK CHART POSITION #1 (re-charted #55 in 1987) . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . . GOLD RECORD (8/22/66), 5x PLATINUM (7/25/00)
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CDP 7 44641-2 cover
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J ohn, Paul, George and (sometimes) Ringo were increasingly carving out their own musical territory with The Beatles, a point that becomes most pronounced on Revolver. It is the band’s most ambitious album to date, its most psychedelic to date and, to many ears, their best album to date. The stylistic leaps between tracks are daunting; it's amazing to think that “Here, There And Everywhere” and “She Said She Said” came from the same recording sessions. At this stage, John and George had moved decidedly left of center, indulging in distortion and feedback and otherwordly instrumentation. Their contributions are at the cutting edge of psychedelic pop: “Love You To,” “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “I Want To Tell You,” “And Your Bird Can Sing,” “I’m Only Sleeping.” The references to drug experimentation are sometimes clear (“I’m Only Sleeping,” “Tomorrow Never Knows”) and sometimes foggy (“Love You To”), beginning a brief but fruitful affair with altered states that reappeared in tracks like “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and the surreal imagery of subsequent works. In the right-centrist camp is Paul McCartney, serving up charming if slightly outmoded stories of love and loss. It would be hard to imagine two songs more different than “Eleanor Rigby” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” yet both are pushing their own personal envelopes: Lennon as a noisemongering anarchist and McCartney as a serious arranger. The three Harrison tracks are led by the remarkable “Taxman,” handily the best track George had written for the band so far. “Love You To” and “I Want To Tell You” are Eastern experiments drenched in sitar and feedback, instantly identifiable as the work of Mr. H but ultimately filler. Ringo doesn’t write a lick, provides some great drumming (especially on the more experimental tracks) and charms the pants off everyone with a nice vocal turn on “Yellow Submarine.” For the last time, UK and US releases varied in track selection, as the UK release featured three “extra” songs that had appeared earlier on the US-only album Yesterday...And Today. If you’re at all interested in The Beatles, you’ve got to give Revolver a shot. It is one of the most important musical recordings from the ‘60s.

SW 2576 cover SW 2576 back cover
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    US elpees subtract three tracks (*)
  1. TAXMAN    (George Harrison)    2:36
  2. ELEANOR RIGBY    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:11
  3. *I'M ONLY SLEEPING    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)   
  4. LOVE YOU TO    (George Harrison)    3:00
  5. HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:29
  6. YELLOW SUBMARINE    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:40
  7. SHE SAID SHE SAID    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:39
  8. GOOD DAY SUNSHINE    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:08
  9. *AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)   
  10. FOR NO ONE    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:03
  11. *DOCTOR ROBERT    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)   
  12. I WANT TO TELL YOU    (George Harrison)    2:30
  13. GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:31
  14. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    3:00


Anil Bhagwat -- tabla (3)
Alan Civil -- horn (10)
Geoff Emerick -- engineer
Klaus Voormann -- cover design
Robert Whitaker -- back cover photos
Bill Miller -- US release preparation

return to THE BEATLES discography

UK August 1966 Parlophone LPm/s PMC/PCS 7009 avail. in mono/stereo versions
US August 1966 Capitol LPm/s T/ST 2576 avail. in mono/stereo versions
ARG   Odeon Pops LPm LDS2135 mono recording
ARG   EMI LP 56917  
ARG   EMI LP 8237  
BRA   Odeon LP YEX605  
GRC   EMI LP 14C 062 04097  
MEX   Capitol LP SLEM056  
UK 1969 Parlophone LP PCS 7009 reissue
US 1969 Capitol LP ST 2576 green label reissue
ARG 1972 EMI LP 6135  
BRA 1974 EMI/Odeon LP SBTL 1002  
JPN   Apple LP AP-8443  
JPN 1976 Apple LP EAS-80556 lyric insert
US   Capitol LP/CS/8T SW/4XW/4CL 2576 red label reissue
US   Mobile Fidelity LP MFSL-1-107 original master recording
ARG 1984 EMI LP 8117  
WW April 30, 1987 Apple/Parlophone LP/CD/CS CDP 7 46441  
YUG 1988 Jugoton LP LSPAR70760  
JPN 1998 Parlophone CD TOCP-51117  
JPN 2004 EMI/Toshiba LP TOJP-60137 digital remaster


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