10 Things You May Not Know About The Beatles' Revolver

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First released in the UK on August 5, 1966, the Beatles' Revolver was born into tumultuous times for the band. The "Bigger Than Jesus" debacle was reaching its height in the United States, as some fans who took John Lennon's flippant remark about his band's popularity as heresy burned Beatles records at church rallies.

As for the lads themselves, they were quickly growing out of the British Invasion and running headlong into garage-rock and psychedelia, pushing their songwriting forward faster than studio technology at the time could catch up.

Revolver came a little more than half a year after December 1965's Rubber Soul, which featured cuts like "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," "Nowhere Man" and "In My Life." George Harrison considered Soul and Revolver to comprise a spiritual double album because of how they complemented one another, though many consider Revolver to be far superior and grown-up compared to its predecessor.

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In a sense, Revolver is the first great Beatles album, more cohesive than the earlier releases that seemed more like loose collections of singles. In the past few years it has even been surpassing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in terms of what fans consider to be their "best" album, a strange development we can't argue with.

Listening to the Revolver studio outtakes, you get insight into the evolution that was happening between the members. The experimentation was running wild, with songs going through a dozen permutations before the versions you know on record were fully formed. "She Said She Said" was on its way to being way more morose than the final cut, and was called "He Said He Said" the first time around.

Be sure to seek out the mono versions of Revolver or the vinyl rips online; it's worth hearing the difference. We collected ten facts about the album that you may have not known, but for you Beatlemaniacs, this is all old news.


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EdSullivan
EdSullivan

The vocal effect on TNK is a Leslie rotating speaker, not ADT.

MD Robert
MD Robert

The alternate title "After Geography"is a humorous take on the Rolling Stones album "Aftermath"

T Maxwell
T Maxwell

Most of that IS old news, but always fun to read again in articles like this. Some more old news: John's favorite Paul song is 'Here, There and Everywhere'; although John wrote 'Tomorrow Never Knows', all of the backward and looped tape effects in the song come from Paul, who was experimenting in avant garde music at the time, almost 2 years before Lennon became known for it; and the gritty guitar solos you hear on George Harrison's 'Taxman' are actually played- well, by Paul. Just a few more factoids for you.

Chase Hamblin
Chase Hamblin

Great article! Just a nerd note, "Yellow Submarine" was sung by Ringo, but was written by Paul. More trivia: "Rain," which was recorded during the Revolver sessions but released as a B side to "Paperback Writer," features the first recorded backwards vocals.

MASSMURDERMEDIA
MASSMURDERMEDIA

hadn't heard about the celebrity backup vocals on "yellow submarine"... 

it's interesting that ringo and george didn't get lyric credits on "eleanor rigby"...  but i guess that sort of thing happened a lot within their creative environment and they didn't feel slighted...  trivia time:  the only beatles track that does credit all four is the instrumental track "flying"...

more trivia that's true because you just read it on the internet:  upon hearing "revolver" for the first time, brian wilson, fearing he could never measure up, committed suicide...  he was replaced with a much more talented look-alike, who proceeded to take the beach boys into their psychedelic phase, much like the beatles did when paul mccartney blew his mind out in a car...  his not noticing the lights had changed changed the course of rock history...

Renzihdz
Renzihdz

That is a smart comment my friend, regards

MASSMURDERMEDIA
MASSMURDERMEDIA

thank you, i have my moments...  but rest assured, if you see me here and elsewhere i'm quite capable of posting offensive and/or asinine comments...  i'm currently banned from mediaite...  someone there took offense to an amy winehouse comment i posted...

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