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REVOLVER

The Beatles

 

Proto-Prog

4.37 | 636 ratings

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Frasse
4 stars This is The Beatles first LP as a studio group and one of the first more experimental Pop albums ever. With this and some other albums a whole new era of Rock music began, and era which eventually led to the Prog Rock of the eary 70s. Rock stars at the time began to think of their music more as art than entertainment.

Despite all that, Revolver begins with "Taxman". George Harrison's comment on the british tax-system eating up most of The Beatles incomes sounds more of what have been than what's to come. "Eleanor Rigby" and "Love You To" sounds more like the precursor this record is said to be and maybe so too is the ballad "Here, There and Everywhere". "Yellow Submarine and "She Said She Said" is a little bit less interesting though.

A little less interesting, too, is the beginning of the second side "Good Day Sunshine". "For No One" may not be any more prog or experimental but it's in my opinion better. Plus, it uses horns! Third track is "I Want to Tell You", a piano driven Rock song, and after that the horns come back in "Got to Get You into My Life". Last out, and best on the album (IMHO one of The Beatles best ever.) is the psychedelic anthem "Tomorrow Never Knows". This song must have sounded very new/experimental for a Pop music audience back in 1966.

Although half of the tracks here are Pop Rock numbers (The European version, at least my, doesn't have "I'm Only Sleeping", "And Your Bird Can Sing", and " Doctor Robert" on it.) it's still good. The album may not be that important for a Prog fan to have heard, but for a fan of Rock, it's essential.

Frasse | 4/5 |

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