The Beatles – Revolver


Haven’t reviewed an album for a while because I’ve been a lazy mother blogger. So I thought I’d do it on probably one of my favorite albums, and one of the best Beatles albums ever. I don’t know which album is my favorite, I think what’ll do soon is just a blog listing the albums in order of favoritism, that will be a hard blog to write out.  You all should know whats coming in this blog because, I’m not going to slag it off or criticize it, because how can you do those two things to perfection? to one of the best albums that there has ever been.

The Album

This album was released 1966, yes, when England won the world cup so a good year for football as well as music. They spent quite a while in the studio in this one, and you can tell because it’s so well done.Having taken LSD in 1965, this had an impact on their guitar playing and songwriting, and it only worked out for the best. George really came out in this album as he had three of his own songs in there, and I think he done himself justice, and really showed what he was capable of doing given the creative space.

So why this album over every other Beatles album? I think it’s because it’s the one that always sticks out in my mind whenever I think of The Beatles, immediately I think of Revolver. I’m a big fan of when The Beatles got a big more strange, and really experimented with their music (backward guitars etc.), but they also kept a bit of the material they had in their previous albums.

By this I mean you have songs like ‘Tomorrow never knows’, ‘I’m only sleeping’ and ‘love you too’, but as well as these you have songs with more melody, more simple but brilliant songs like ‘Cry for no-one’ (Which I think is one of the most underrated Beatles songs) and ‘Here There and Everywhere’. So this album is really versatile in that sense, with the type of songs that are on there.

Then you have the classic riff of ‘Taxman’ on there, which I think is one of the best riffs there will ever be, it’s pure genius, and the best thing about it is that it isn’t really complex. Also the sound of the guitar on that song just makes me get excited, not in that way, okay maybe that way. You also have the classic riff off ‘And your band can sing’, I can hear it in my head now, so I think I will put the video on here.

As well as all the brilliant music pieces in this album, the vocals on the album are incredible. I personally think John Lennon’s voice is second to none, not a brilliant singer but his voice has just got the right amount of huskyness(no huskyness is not a word) in it.

‘Yellow Submarine’ features on the album, whenever I hear this song on it’s own, out the blue It just makes me think of infant school, I’m sure we did something with the song there and it’s scarred me for the rest  of time. But when you put that song in the mix with all of these, and I accept it because it’s a sort of break from it all and you can have a nice sing along. If you get into that song Ringo’s got another lovely little number called ‘Octopus’ Garden’, and it really is a song to die for, check it out.

Finally this brings me to the simple brilliant (I hate using this cliche) ‘Eleanor Rigby’. I don’t of another that can scare me like this one, if I listen to this one on my own, I can feel quite frightened. I learnt this on guitar, it is the most simple song to play, and at the same time gives you a lot of pleasure. This one of my favorite songs on the album along with ‘I’m only sleeping’ and ‘Taxman’.

Overall 10.o

I don’t think you can get much better than this album, this album was way ahead of it’s time, you listen to it now, still sounds fresh. For all the brilliant elements in this album, the riffs, vocal, drums, everything there’s not a thing they do wrong. One critacism…there isn’t one.



3 responses to “The Beatles – Revolver

  1. I’m right there with you man – I totally agree with you. Except for maybe Abbey Road (I adore that album – the medley is inspirational) it is probably my most played Beatles album and it appears almost in it’s entirety on my Ultimate Playlist. There is not one weak link.

    ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ is one of my all time favourite Beatles tunes off this album. It’s got everything The Beatles were about in it; energetic riff, three part harmonies, psychedelic lyrics, creative baselines, and an all round jaunty feel.

    There’s something really special about this album that is far too often over looked as Sgt Pepper hogs all of the glory, but I fervently believe Revolver stands up better by far.

    • Thankyou, I know I think that is often the case that Sgt. Pepper steals a lot of the glory. As for Abbey Road, it’s probably my second favorite Beatles album, for the same reason, the medley is amazing, I don’t think any other band could do that, especially singing about a man who sleeps in the park and shaves in the dark… there’s no one.

      I think I might do a post for each Beatles album or rate The Beatles albums and give my reasons haha.

      Thank you for commenting, really appreciated.

  2. Revolver is definitely a high point in the Beatles’ canon. My parents gave me this album for Christmas. Of course I got the American version.Thank goodness we have the British versions now. And Your Bird Can Sing was the opener for The Beatles’ Saturday cartoon show. I heard a lot of songs thanks to this show. I love that guitar sound. The album cover was awesome as well. I too, prefer this album over Sgt. Pepper. Maybe I’m just being nostalgic. Tomorrow Never Knows sounds other worldly. Got To Get You Into My Life has a Motown vibe. The singing on this album still has that Beatles harmony sound.
    The American version didn’t have And Your Bird Can Sing , I’m Only Sleeping, and Dr. Robert. You had to buy Yesterday and Today. Thank you, Capital records! That’s the one that originally had the butcher cover.
    This was the summer of the we’re more popular than Jesus tour. That was a hot topic that summer. I was living in N.C. (and I still do) and people in the deep south don’t take kindly to that sort of talk. John was right. I mean , Jesus lost the only popularity poll that he was in. They did choose to release Barabbas instead of Jesus. He went on to say he could have said motor cars and T.V. were more popular. Right again. He definitely regretted saying it.

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