Taking a look back at The Beatles first experimental record
1966. England had just won the football world cup and a week later that famous 4 piece beat combo The Beatles would release their seventh studio album.
Released eight months after Rubber Soul, Revolver as it would be known would signal a revolutionary time in the life of The Beatles in both creativity and a departure from live performance.
Controversy would never be too far away from the band. Around this time John had made his rather unfortunate remark about The Beatles and Jesus Christ. Also, the release of this record was just after their chaotic tour of The Phillipines where they were accused of snubbing a scheduled meeting with Imelda Marcos. This along with many other factors I feel contributed to their decision to cease touring.
Originally with a working title of “Abracadabra” “Revolver” would be released on 5 August 1966 and would continue to show the progress the boys had made as songwriters.
Harrison goes political on “Taxman” advising you to “declare the pennies on your eyes” and philosophical on “I Want To Tell You” stating “I feel hung up and I don’t know why“. The continuing Indian influence on George is shown on “Love You To“.
McCartney’s proven ear for melody is shown on one of the most beautiful songs he’s ever written in “Here, There and Everywhere“.
There’s also the brassy “Good Day Sunshine” and the optimistic “Got To Get You Into My Life” and even though they were hitting a creative peak the boys showed they still have time for the fun and silly with “Yellow Submarine“.
The seeds were sown on Rubber Soul for the maturing of John Lennon as a songwriter. Revolver for me was McCartney’s turn. The album closer “Tomorrow Never Knows” would signal the most experimental song they’d written so far.
Written with no regard on how it would ever be performed live it’s aggressive, energetic and psychedelic.
A classic from start to finish.
Born in Manchester, live now around Heaton Moor. A football, boxing and snooker fan and support Manchester City(even before the glory days)
A big fan of gigs, music and all that come with it. I used to write for a boxing website and have previously worked for Music Zone, a job that involved listening to new releases, speaking to labels and keeping the schedule updated.