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THE BEATLES - REVOLVER
For many, 'Revolver' was The Beatles finest album. It was really from 'Help' onwards that the band's maturity began to flourish.
The album begins with 'Taxman', an unusually acerbic George Harrison song, and the next track, 'Eleanor Rigby', remains one of Paul McCartney's most poignant songs, and the lyrical content is stunning for a man barely in his mid-20s.
Psychedelia flows through this album, and George Harrison unfurls his sitar on 'Love You To'. 'I'm Only Sleeping' and 'She Said She Said' are basically jaunty pop songs with backwards guitar ('Sleeping') and strange, waspish guitar ('She Said'). 'Tomorrow Never Knows' is hardcore psychedelia! A brain-splitting rhythm with sounds going off in all directions.
'Here, There And Everywhere' is a wonderful love song - McCartney's wistful voice, backed by melancholy backing vocals, which neat, understated guitar complements.
'Yellow Submarine' is as famous as a pop song gets, and has even been used to help Russian children speak English. Ringo's chirpy voice was often undervalued (as was his drumming) by musical 'experts'.
'And Your Bird Can Sing' is a thumping, vital rock number, with George's spikey guitar taking the musical honours.
'Good Day Sunshine' is another bright pop song from the Lennon-McCartney songbook, though this seems a Paul song, and, by this time, songs written predominantly by John or Paul were becoming easier to distinguish. 'For No One' is Paul in sad form again. Beautifully plaintive.
The upbeat, uplifting 'Got To Get You Into My Life' is another classic track, covered particularly well by Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers. The brass, and McCartney's vocal, gives it a good soul sound.
1966 was a good year to be English.
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REVOLVER FACTOIDS & MYTHOLOGY
Knows' was originally titled 'The Void', and was inspired
by the Tibetan 'Book Of The Dead'.
- Paul Rance.
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