Review: "Revolver" by The Beatles

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Jimmy's Random Records - The Beatles - Revolver

The Revolutionary "Revolver"

To say The Beatles are one of the most important bands of all time may actually be an understatement.  In the storied catalogue of their albums, there is often debate on what is the most important one. In my view, "Revolver" stands out as the most revolutionary.

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Hi, this is Jimmy from Cosmo Music and today we're going to be talking about some random records. Hopefully I can provide some insight into what makes these albums so special.

Okay I think we'll start with the old standby, The Beatles. The Beatles have been my favourite band since I was eight years old and I love everything they've ever done, but it's always impossible for me to answer the question of what my favourite Beatle record is. That said, today I have an answer for you - "Revolver".

"Revolver" has an incredible range of musical styles and sounds that had never been heard before. There's George Harrison's politically engaged "Tax Man" and his Indian raga rock on "Love You To". There's also some of Paul McCartney's greatest ever melodies like "Eleanor Rigby", "Here, There and Everywhere", and my personal favourite
"For No One". Also, there's some of John Lennon's lesser known but equally great songs like "And Your Bird Can Sing", "I'm Only Sleeping", and perhaps the masterpiece in an album full of masterpieces, "Tomorrow Never Knows".

"Tomorrow Never Knows" is often cited as one of the first psychedelic recordings and to listen to it is truly a mind blowing experience. The song is based on a drone played by George Harrison on the tambura with John Lennon reciting lyrics from the Tibetan Book of the Dead while Paul McCartney manipulates tape loops to create seagull-like sound effects. And then good ol' Ringo Starr holds all of this madness together by playing one of the greatest drum beats of his entire career. Up to this point, The Beatles had never attempted anything quite as adventurous as "Tomorrow Never Knows" and it was a strong indication of where they would go next. "Revolver" is not only a revolutionary album for pop music, but also for its advancements in the recording studio techniques and also its influence on the 1960s counterculture. I truly believe it's one of the most important albums of all time and in my opinion it's also one of the greatest.

I'm Jimmy, tune in next week for another random record.

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  • SP from Barrie

    Nicely done Jimmy. I really enjoyed your summary of the album and I never tire of photos of the Beatles in studio. What a time that must have been. Cheers! - Steve

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