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All the rules fell by the wayside with Revolver, as the Beatles began exploring new sonic territory, lyrical subjects, and styles of composition. It ...Show synopsisAll the rules fell by the wayside with Revolver, as the Beatles began exploring new sonic territory, lyrical subjects, and styles of composition. It wasn't just Lennon and McCartney, either -- Harrison staked out his own dark territory with the tightly wound, cynical rocker "Taxman"; the jaunty yet dissonant "I Want to Tell You"; and "Love You To," George's first and best foray into Indian music. Such explorations were bold, yet they were eclipsed by Lennon's trippy kaleidoscopes of sound. His most straightforward number was "Doctor Robert," an ode to his dealer, and things just got stranger from there as he buried "And Your Bird Can Sing" in a maze of multi-tracked guitars, gave Ringo a charmingly hallucinogenic slice of childhood whimsy in "Yellow Submarine," and then capped it off with a triptych of bad trips: the spiraling "She Said She Said"; the crawling, druggy "I'm Only Sleeping"; and "Tomorrow Never Knows," a pure nightmare where John sang portions of the Tibetan Book of the Dead into a suspended microphone over Ringo's thundering, menacing drumbeats and layers of overdubbed, phased guitars and tape loops. McCartney's experiments were formal, as he tried on every pop style from chamber pop to soul, and when placed alongside Lennon's and Harrison's outright experimentations, McCartney's songcraft becomes all the more impressive. The biggest miracle of Revolver may be that the Beatles covered so much new stylistic ground and executed it perfectly on one record, or it may be that all of it holds together perfectly. Either way, its daring sonic adventures and consistently stunning songcraft set the standard for what pop/rock could achieve. Even after Sgt. Pepper's, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it's still as emulated as it was upon its original release. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, RoviHide synopsis
It's ironic that Sgt. Pepper is so consistently touted as the Beatles' crowning achievement, when it is preceded by an album as tremendous as Revolver. The boys simply explode in all directions here, as never before, and never quite again--the amount of musical terrain they cover here is staggering. George gets an unprecedented THREE tracks, including the opener ("Taxman"). Both John and Paul are totally on top of their game, turning in what is for both of them some of their very best writing, playing and singing. Here for the last time the Beatles present themselves as a BAND, supporting one another's pieces beautifully. They expertly display every single important trend in popular music at the time---notice how "Got to Get You Into My Life" presages the Chicago/Blood Sweat and Tears explosion of brass bands, as well as showcasing Paul's brilliant soul singing---how powerful George's evocation of Indian music is in "Love You To"--how the backwards guitars and drug-related lyrics of "I'm Only Sleeping" and "Tomorrow Never Knows" signal the arrival of the psychedelic era--how strong John's sheer self-conscious imagery is throughout, beautifully balanced by Paul's dead-on pop sensibility. This is not only the Beatles' finest work; it is the greatest album that anyone has ever recorded, or ever will. If you don't own a copy, BUY IT TODAY. It will never get old--it will never become irrelevant--it will never go out of style. If you only ever own one album of music, make sure it's this one.
Revolver is the type of cd that can constantly be replayed and still sound excellent. It contains a wonderful variety of music by the Beatles and one is sure to have a favorite among the selected pieces. It begins with the bouncy, yet cool song "Taxman" and transitions into other great songs. "Love You To" is one of my favorites and shows the eastern influence on Beatles music. There's a song for everyone on this record. If you want silliness and joking, listen to "And Your Bird Can Sing" or "Yellow Submarine". For a depressing song, "I'm Only Sleeping". If you are looking for something deep then "She Said, She Said" or "Tomorrow Never Knows" is a terrific choice. You hear Ringo's spectacular drumming skills in "Tomorrow Never Knows" (BEAUTIFUL SONG!). "Revolver" truly emphasizes each Beatles' talents and is a must have for a major Beatles fan!