Rodriguez describes Lennon's " Tomorrow Never Knows " as "the greatest leap into the future" of the Beatles' recording career up to this point. Lennon intended the track as an evocation of a Tibetan Buddhist ceremony. When the Beatles re-signed with EMI in Januarytheir contract stipulated that Capitol could no longer alter the track listings of their albums.
The cover for Revolver was created by German-born bassist and artist Klaus Voormann one of the Beatles' oldest friends from their time in Hamburg during the early s. Voormann's aim was to reflect the radical departure in sound represented particularly by "Tomorrow Never Knows", Im Only Sleeping - The Beatles - Revolver (Vinyl,  and his choice of a black-and-white cover was in deliberate defiance of the preference for vivid colour.
The LP's back cover included a photograph of the Beatles, in Riley's description, "shaded by the hip modesty of sunglasses and cigarette smoke". During the same photo shoot, Whitaker took pictures of the Beatles examining orange transparencies of his "butcher cover" design for Yesterday and Today. The album's title, like that of Rubber Soulis a pun,  referring to both a kind of handgun and the "revolving" motion of a record as it plays on a turntable.
The group had originally wanted to call the album Abracadabrauntil they discovered that another band had already used it. In mid MayTony Hall of Record Mirror wrote a preview of the Beatles' new recordings in which he opined that some of them were "the most revolutionary ever made by a pop group". Schaffner likens the Beatles' recordings to the moment of transformation in the film The Wizard of Oz"where, when Dorothy discovers herself transported from Kansas to Oz, the film dramatically changes from black-and-white to glorious technicolor".
The release coincided with a period of public relations challenges for the band,   the combination of which led to their decision to retire from touring following the end of their North American touron 29 August.
In the UK, where "Eleanor Rigby" was the favoured side, the single became the best-selling song of after topping the national chart for four weeks during August and September. In America, Capitol were wary of the religious references in "Eleanor Rigby", given the ongoing controversy, and instead pushed "Yellow Submarine".
While commercially successful, Revolver ranked only equal tenth with Help! Albums box set and as an individual release. In Britain, the reception to Revolver was highly favourable.
Clayton concluded: "if there's anything wrong with the record at all it is that such a diet of newness might give the ordinary pop-picker indigestion. Edward Greenfield of The Guardian titled his review "Thinking Pop" and wrote that the three Beatles songwriters "habitually go outside the realm of sloppy love-theme, and find inspiration instead as serious artists always must in specific feelings and specific experiences".
Highlighting the importance of McCartney's classical aesthetic, he recognised the band's ongoing success as "fair vindication" for popular taste in terms of its alignment with artistic merit. Due to the controversies surrounding the Beatles during their tour, critical reaction in the US was muted relative to the band's previous releases.
Williams lauded the album's musical range but found it lacked an integral quality, which he acknowledged was outside the group's control. According to Turner, the album's combination of novel sounds and unusual subject matter "challenged all the conventions of pop"  and it was the upcoming generation of writers who "got it immediately".
Recalling Revolver ' s release in his book Revolution in the HeadIan MacDonald says that the Beatles "initiated a second pop revolution — one which while galvanising their existing rivals and inspiring many new ones, left all of them far behind". No group has been as consistently creative as the Beatles, though the [Lovin'] Spoonful and Beach Boys are coming closer all the time Rather than analyze the music we just suggest that you listen to Revolver three or four times a day and marvel In the edition of The Rolling Stone Album GuideRob Sheffield wrote that Revolver found the Beatles "at the peak of their powers, competing with one another because nobody else could touch them"; he described it as "the best album the Beatles ever made, which means the best album by anybody".
Pepper's as the two "essential classics" in the Beatles' canon and described it as "Always the rock fraternity's favourite and the blueprint for Noel Gallagher 's career ". While noting the diverse musical directions adopted by Lennon, McCartney and Harrison in their respective contributions, he states: "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.
He considers it to be McCartney's "maturation record" as a songwriter in the same way that Rubber Soul had been for Lennon. Chris Coplan of Consequence of Sound is less impressed with the album, rating it a "B" and "the black sheep of the Beatles' catalog". Although he admires the psychedelic tone, he considers that this experimentalism renders the more standard pop songs, such as "Got to Get You into My Life" and "Here, There and Everywhere", "seemingly out of place" within the collection.
It's easy to admire, even to be awed by, but some listeners find Revolver a little harder to love. PepperRubber Soul and Abbey Road to Revolverfinding the latter "somewhat cluttered" but nevertheless worthy of a "high A minus".
MacDonald deems Lennon's remark about the Beatles' Album) status" in March to have been "fairly realistic", given the reaction to Revolver. He adds: "The album's aural invention was so masterful that it seemed to Western youth that The Beatles knew — that they had the key to current events and were somehow orchestrating them through their records.
According to Simon Philo, Revolver announced the arrival of the "underground London" sound, supplanting that of Swinging London. Revolver has been recognised as having inspired new subgenres of music, anticipating electronicapunk rockbaroque rock and world musicamong other styles. Steve Turner likens the Beatles' creative approach in to that of modern jazz musicians, and recognises their channelling of Album) and Western classical, Southern soul, and electronic musical styles into their Album) as unprecedented in popular music.
Rodriguez praises Martin and Emerick's contribution to the album, saying that their talents were as essential to its success as the Beatles'. Whereas Sgt. Pepper had long been identified as the Beatles' greatest album, since the s Revolver has often surpassed it in lists of the group's best work.
Pepper was one of the cultural revisions established by the Britpop phenomenon in the s. Pepper in as the two factors that had contributed to Revolver being relatively overlooked.
Kot concluded that the ensuing decades had seen this impression reversed, since Revolver "does everything Sgt Pepper did, except it did it first and often better. It just wasn't as well-packaged and marketed. Rodriguez writes that, whereas most contemporary acts shy away from attempting a concept album in the vein of Sgt. Pepperthe prototype established by RevolverAlbum) an album serves as an "eclectic collection of diverse songs", continues to influence modern popular music.
Pepperit was the product of a collaborative effort, with "the group as a whole being fully vested in creating Beatle music". Revolver has appeared high up in many lists of the best albums ever made,   often in the top position. Pepper and The Beatles and it was first again in the edition of the book.
InRevolver appeared at number 2 in The Observer ' s list of "The Greatest British Albums", compiled by a panel of contributors. InRevolver was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame an award bestowed by the American Recording Academy "to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old".
The following track listing is for the original release in all markets other than North America and was subsequently adopted as the standard version of the album for its international CD release in BPI certification awarded only for sales since From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Literally anything [could come out of the next recording sessions].
Electronic music, jokes Revolver very rapidly became the album where the Beatles would say, "OK, that sounds great, now let's play [the recording] backwards or speeded up or slowed down. There are Album) [on Revolver ] that nobody else has done yet — I mean nobody The guitar solo from "Taxman". Womack characterises the solo as "like nothing else in the Beatles' corpus to date; for that matter, it hardly bears any resemblance to anything in the history of recorded music.
The backwards guitar solo from "I'm Only Sleeping". Martin then reversed the tape and dubbed it into the track, achieving what MacDonald describes as "smeared crescendi" and "womblike sucking noises". The songs got more interesting, so with that the effects got more interesting.
I think the drugs were kicking in a little more heavily on this album We were really hard workers. This is easily the most amazing new thing we've ever come up with. Some people might say it sounds like a terrible mess of a sound But the song ought to be looked on as interesting — if people listen to it with open ears.
It's like the Indian stuff. You mustn't listen to Eastern music with a Western ear. Sample from "Tomorrow Never Knows". According to author Colin LarkinLennon's drug-inspired song "has been described as the most effective evocation of a LSD experience ever recorded".
We'll lose some fans with [the new album], but we'll also gain some. The fans we'll probably lose will be the ones who like the things about us that we never liked anyway The unearthly sounds that Revolver released into the world were at once the antithesis of the human and a provocative indication of the mysterium tremendum As they took their audience through a radically defamiliarized acoustic universe, these sounds were essentially questioning sounds.
They kept forcing their audience to ask: what is this I'm listening to? There's a case to be made that the Beatles went on to do Sgt. Pepper's because there was nowhere else to go but too far. With Revolverthey had mapped out the pop universe so perfectly that all they could do next was tear it up and start again. He describes the Beatles as "the world's first household psychedelics" and "the first stars of any medium to metamorphose fully and obviously from perky and aboveboard to mysterious and covert".
Pennebaker 's documentary about Dylan's tour, Eat the Document on 27 May,  while Shankar agreed to become Harrison's sitar teacher on 1 June. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The band ultimately rejected the idea. Davies said Revolver was inferior to Rubber Soul. Pepper carried the title of best album of all time for ages In the last couple years, however, revisionist history has actually changed things for the better.
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