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25 June 2012
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Why the name of 1966 Beatles album is revolver?

While none of its songs have this name ?

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25 June 2012
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I'm sure a lot of the people can answer this question better than I do, but anyway, here is what I remember to be said about it:

 

The record obviously revolves, or goes round, when it's put to the player. So the title doesn't really refer to a gun. I don't think there is anything deeper behind the title, they just made it up.

But I think it should be taken into account that the Beatles never really named their albums based on the "leading single" like a lot of the bands do ( possibly because most of the time the singles weren't even included on the albums), except for their first album, which was for marketing purposes (the name), anyway. Magical Mystery Tour album does have a song bearing the same name but the song was conceived of after coming up with the name of the album( and film). Rubber Sould doesn't have a title song, neither does The Beatles (White Album) or Abbey Road.

25 June 2012
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They thought up a whole load of names like Beatles on Safari, Abracadabra and AfterGeography (a Ringo pun on the Rolling Stones album Aftermath) but nothing was suitable. Then, i think it was in Japan, the foursome came up with Revolver for the reasons Minime said.

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26 June 2012
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I never knew that – thanks for sharing minime!

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27 June 2012
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meanmistermustard said, "Then, i think it was in Japan, the foursome came up with Revolver"

 

Interesting premise.

Revolver came out very shortly after the Beatles arrived in Japan (along with which super famous male movie star [still today]?).

If meanmistermustard is correct, then with just a few weeks to go before the release date, the band still had no title and no cover art.

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27 June 2012
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Into the Sky – I hate to do this, but I must correct you. Voorman did the artwork before the title, I believe. At least their portraits

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No problem – i can readily believe that. It certainly would have been easy to add the title at the bottom at the last moment.

However, the Beatles were performing songs from Revolver in the summer of '66, so you'd think the album art and title would have been finalized by then – but maybe not.

Generally speaking, looking at all the albums, it would be interesting to check out the time lag between the choice of the album art, the choice of the album title, and the release date of the album.

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27 June 2012
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Taken from wiki regarding the album cover 

The title was chosen while the band were on tour in Japan in June–July 1966. Due to security measures, they spent much of their time in their Tokyo Hilton hotel room; the name Revolver was selected as all four collaborated on a large psychedelic painting.

 The Rubber Soul sessions were finished with only a few weeks before deadline, anyone know when the title and artwork was decided on. It may have been a frequent occurance with the beatles to have the coverwork finished only a few weeks before release. There is an alternate cover for Revolver doing the rounds, some details can be found here

 

On another note that mentioned psychedlic picture is quite something. Ive seen it once before in a book but if anyone knows where to find it online it would be fabulous to see it again.  

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28 June 2012
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They settled on the title Revolver in Munich three days after finishing the recording. However, earlier in the year Robert Freeman came up with a cover concept featuring a collage of their faces (that one in the previous post). The idea was that it would spin and merge their faces when put on a turntable – presumably there would have been a hole in the middle. Maybe they remembered this when they chose Revolver.

AFAIK The Beatles didn't really care for Freeman's design so asked Klaus Voormann to design alternative artwork – this was while sessions were still going on, as KV visited some of them to get a feel for the music. So, Freeman, then Voormann, then Revolver.

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There's a very neat (but brief) interview with Klaus Voormann on how the REVOLVER album cover came about.

 

http://www.iheartklaus.com/rev…..lver2.html

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IMDeWalrus, yes, quite good, thanks.

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I´m in complete awe after listening to this album. Just feel like lying here now and trying to comprehend how a band, four people, can make such greatness.

I think it´s my favourite, for now at least.

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19 December 2012
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Not to sound creepy, but I'm glad that they chose the name Revolver for the album. After hearing some of the other ideas (like Beatles on Safari), I feel that the name Revolver fits. In an interview that you could here part of if you put a 2009 remastered Revolver album into your computer, Paul said they got the name because they thought of what records do, and records revolve.

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19 December 2012
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I thought at first that it was a reference to the gun so I was glad when I heard that actually, it's got nothing to do with guns and violence etc. So for that reason alone, I love the title.

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21 December 2012
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 I thought at first that it was a reference to the gun so I was glad when I heard that actually, it's got nothing to do with guns and violence etc. So for that reason alone, I love the title.

Same here! I think its cool word to say, "Rrreevvvoooolllllvvverrrrrr," but it seemed it weird title for that album. I only found out it was a pun when I read Many Years From Now (or possibly the Huner Davies biog, can't remeber which one) . And now it seems blindingly obvious that they meant a revolving record!

 
I'm really glad they didn't call it Beatles On Safari, it wouldn't have done them any favours to rid them of their mop-top image. After Geography would've been funny though.
 

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Another One said
Why the name of 1966 Beatles album is revolver?

While none of its songs have this name ?

What does a record do?

It revolves.

17 January 2013
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It could also mean that their music was 'revolving' in a new direction!

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20 January 2013
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Inner Light said
It could also mean that their music was 'revolving' in a new direction!

I don´t think they thought of it like that but it´s an interesting take on it!

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19 December 2013
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Didn't know where else to put this. Hope it kind of fits.

I was thinking about the National Health System in the UK. Was that in place when Dr. Robert was written? I just got a little head side tilt when I thought about health care being relatively "free" in the UK, but the Beatles sing that you'd pay money to see yourself with Dr. Robert. I am no expert on the NHS, so if I have that fact screwed up, feel free to correct me.

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19 December 2013
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Yeah, the NHS was set up a few years after the war.

I assume the character Dr Robert was a doctor in a private practice – where you pay.

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