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19 December 2013
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Ahhh Girl
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fabfouremily said
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.

OK. So you have private doctors that are not a part of the NHS.

19 December 2013
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^ Yeah, there's the NHS which is open to everyone, free of charge. Then there's private clinics which you pay for, if you want to.

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21 December 2013
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Ahhh Girl said
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.

Dr. Robert was not an English doctor, though the National Health can make it sound like. It's just a Lennon pun, National Health - nation's health. Dr. Robert was a New York "Doctor Feelgood" for the rich and famous, associated most publicly with the Warhol scene, he would give those who could afford it shots of B12 in their backside laced with amphetamines.

McCartney, in 1968, said of the song, "There's some fellow in New York, and in the States we'd hear people say: 'You can get everything off him; any pills you want.' That's what Dr. Robert is all about, just a pill doctor who sees you all right."

In Many Years from Now, Paul further explained, via Miles, "In fact, the name was based on the New York Dr. Feelgood character Dr. Robert Freymann, whose discreet East 78th Street clinic was conveniently located for Jackie Kennedy and other wealthy Upper East Siders from Fifth Avenue and Park to stroll over for their vitamin B-12 shots, which also happened to contain a massive dose of amphetamine. Dr. Robert’s reputation spread and it was not long before visiting Americans told John and Paul about him."

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Got listening to this last night and somehow my ipod got onto random mode so ended up back at the start so i had to turn off random and play it thru. Whilst listening to 'Love You To' the thought occurred to me of young Beatle fans brought up on 'She Loves You' and 'Yesterday' listening to the all out Indian intro for the first time and wondering what on earth was going on, it must have been a huge WTF moment.

With 'Pepper' the sounds had very much been there if you had been been keeping tabs on the Beatles progress and advance in music thru 'Revolver' and 'Strawberry Fields' of new sounds and experiments on the records but before Revolver there wasn't that much in regards to major differences with instruments and effects; 'Norwegian Wood' had a bit of sitar through it but wasn't in your face, 'Rain' had some backwards effects but was mainly noticeable at the end. 'Revolver' on the other hand would have been off the wall for some and their reactions to hearing such variations in the tracks would have been priceless to witness (we got a taste with the audience reactions to 'SFF' and 'PL' on 'American Bandstand' however a lot of the comments were on the new Beatles looks). Little surprise therefore that it wasn't until 'Pepper' that most of the Western world had caught up and finally got it.

At times i miss that experience of listening to a new song and being overwhelmed that what i am hearing is a completely new experience. 

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I miss that experience too.

Listening to Revolver for the first time blew me away. Although it was relatively recent, the sounds were still fresh because no one has been able to execute the innovation quite like the Beatles since. The solo played backwards and reversed to be forward and sound backwards in I'm Only Sleeping was genius, TNK was revolutionary. Hearing the first few notes of Love You To was interesting enough, but when the whole Indian band came in with the strong percussion, it was amazing.

Revolver was probably the biggest overt leap in the Beatles music. An amazing album!

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Another reason why "Revolver" is such a cool album title is that the word itself is (almost) spelled the same backwards as forwards, and that coincides nicely with the backwards recording featured on the record.

Also of note: The album ends with the "...the beginning", so there's that idea of "revolving" from the finish back to the start again. And even at the "real" beginning, we have George counting "1, 2, 3, 4..." and then starting again with "1, 2" - another example of going back to the beginning of something. That song's guitar break repeats itself at song's end. The title "She Said" repeats itself immediately, as do the call-and-response vocals in "Yellow Submarine" John sings of "floating downstream" in one song; then reverses direction and floats upstream in another - truly he is "Here, there and everywhere".

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And while we're reversing things, I noticed this when ExTex posted pictures from his Cirque de Soleil trip. REVOLVER baclwards is:

REVLOVER

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