I’m embarrassed to say it, but at 29 I just re-discovered this album, and it’s brilliant! Certainly one of my all-time favorites.
A brief history:
Growing up my parents had hundreds and hundreds (I’m pretty sure over 1,000) albums. I always had a lot of music when I was a kid. Sometime in the mid-80s, we got a CD player, and all the records got sold, and less than half were replaced on CD over the course of my childhood. Of course, one thing that did get replaced was the Beatles albums.
In middle school I listened to the Beatles all the time. I’d sit by the stereo with headphones on and listen to, usually, the Beatles, a few select Broadway soundtracks, or Billy Joel’s greatest hits. When I listened to the Beatles it was mostly specific tracks, not the whole albums. So, I’d listen to maybe 5 or 6 tracks on the White Album, half of Magical Mystery Tour, the title track off Let It Be, two or three songs from Rubber Soul, etc etc. On Revolver I probably listened to Yellow Submarine.
So, for the past 20 years I’ve just ‘known’ in my head that, “well, I don’t like Revolver that much . . . I don’t think it’s that great an album,” without having sat and listened to it since 1989.
I got a gig for a Mardi Gras festival here in town, and we’ve been asked to do an all Beatles set, so I’ve been listening straight through my collection to find songs that would be appropriate. And, I’ve found something I did not expect. The singles off of this album are the worst tracks on it by far. Love You To, She Said She Said, Tomorrow Never Knows, I’m Only Sleeping, are all amazing. It’s the band at its best. Edgy, yet retaining an essential Beatles-ness. Genre-busting yet poppy. The transition between pop and psychadelic undertones manages to work without feeling disjointed.
Just a brilliant album. It might vie with Abbey Road for best Beatles album.