A few days ago, we examined Rubber Soul, so now it’s time for ze vun, ze only - Revolver!
It’s hard to overstate the importance of Revolver in terms of both the Beatles’s development as a band and the development of popular music in general. Whereas with Rubber Soul, the band was under pressure both in terms of composing and recording to make the Christmas market, with Revolver they had the freedom to set their own schedule and take as much time as they wanted. And they did. They looped tapes. They reversed guitar tracks. They weaved newspaper through piano strings. Every aspect of every song was mulled over and reworked incessantly. Nowadays, it is considered one of the first truly psychedelic LPs - if not the.
A few (or more than a few) fun facts about the album: for Revolver, the Beatles had a fairly hard time coming up with a suitable name. At first, they decided to call it Abracadabra - until they found out the name had been taken. Then, Lennon wanted to call it Four Sides of the Eternal Triangle, which was rejected. My personal favorite came from Ringo - the Rolling Stones had recently released their Aftermath album, and Ringo suggested they called it After Geography. Paul eventually came up with the winning title - Revolver is actually a pun, referring the both the handgun and the revolving motion of the record turntable.
With that, let’s vote! Or be like me, and start switching between voting for five songs before eventually giving up.