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REVOLVER

The Beatles

 

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4.39 | 831 ratings

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4 stars Revolver is the seventh full-length studio album by British pop/ rock act The Beatles. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and was produced by George Martin. The Beatles had begun their transformation from a single based act to an album based act with their previous album Rubber Soul (1965) and that development is continued on Revolver. While Revolver is a much more sophisticated album than Rubber Soul Ive always seen them as sibling albums in terms of style and quality. There are quite a few more psychadelic elements on Revolver though and George Harrisons use of the citar is more prominent on this album.

The songs on the album are almost all of a very high quality. Songs like Taxman, the beautiful Eleanor Rigby, Im Only Sleeping, Love You To, For No One, Doctor Robert, Got to Get You Into My Life and Tomorrow Never Knows are favorites of mine but the rest are also awsome tracks and great examples of The Beatles at their very best. Yellow Submarine is the only song Ive never enjoyed from this album. Ringo Starrs flat and slightly out of tune vocals are awful IMO and the silly atmosphere of the song is ridiculous. An aquired taste for sure. The songs are vocal oriented and short. There are only a few progressive tendencies here and there. This was considered a very innovative album when it was released in 1966. Dont expect to be blown away by long instrumental sections though. The innovation is more in terms of production and the sophistication in the melodies and harmonies.

The musicianship is good and the experiements with backwards played sounds in Im Only Sleeping and the string arrangement in Eleanor Rigby are really nice features in the music. The beautiful and strong vocal performances steal the picture as usual though.

The production is very enjoyable. Pleasant, warm and powerful.

Revolver is an excellent album by The Beatles. A real classic album from the sixties and it fully deserves a 4 star rating.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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