10 Things You May Not Know About The Beatles' Revolver
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.
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.