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Revolver ()

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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 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, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Celina C

Revolver shot straight

by Celina C on Aug 25, 2011

This was the beginning of their journey. They were already beyond most of the musical arena. In some ways you may say it is simple but by the time you listen, you will realize your hooked! More

Nitemare1116

Greatest album ever

by Nitemare1116 on Jul 5, 2010

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. ... More

The Pageturner

Beautiful Variety, Classic Beatles

by The Pageturner on Nov 19, 2008

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 ... More

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