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REVOLVER

The Beatles

 

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Frankie Flowers
5 stars This album was ever so progressive for its time. In many respects, Revolver is one of the very first psychedelic records. The opener is Harrison's "Taxman", which has some very innovative guitar work. Listen out for the solo here. There are some backwards riffs too on "I'm Only Sleeping" to add to the feeling of the state between wakefulness and sleep. Each song sounds very different to the next and there are so many shifts in moods throughout. You won't know what's coming next.

The melancholy "Eleanor Rigby" was another change in direction for the group. McCartney's lyrical imagery is brewed with a string octet to add more of an emotional effect on the listener. "Love You To" is driven heavily by the sitar combined with Harrison's vocal melody, making it yet another groundbreaking piece for its time. Even "Yellow Submarine" is a classic and of course the ultimate children's song which also includes some unusual sound effects.

"For Noone" is a great melancholy McCartney track with some nice piano, clavichord and a horn solo. There is even some motown influence on the album with "Got to Get You into My Life". Harrison's unusual "I Want To Tell You" is a personal favourite. I have never heard anything like it because noone else writes such music! "Tomorrow Never Knows" is perhaps the biggest eye opener of all. It definitely sounded like something from another planet in 1966. It still sounds very "out there" today. There are many tape effects, including something that sounds like seagull chanting and buzzing drones.This is where the Beatles really started to become interesting and as creative as ever. There is too much to mention here. Everything is unique and you'll simply have to hear it for yourself. This is an essential work of art. 5 stars without question.

Frankie Flowers | 5/5 |

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