Revolver, The Beatles’ 11th Capitol Records long player, was issued on this day, three days after its UK release on Parlophone.
This was the last time that Capitol changed the tracklisting of a Beatles release to suit the US market. Three of Revolver’s songs – ‘I’m Only Sleeping’, ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ and ‘Doctor Robert’ – had already been issued on the controversial Yesterday… And Today LP, so Capitol simply omitted them from the new album. This brought the total running time down from 35 minutes to a little over 28.
Revolver was released as Capitol T-2576 (mono) and Capitol ST-2576 (stereo).
The album topped the US charts for six weeks. Although they were essentially on the road to promote it, The Beatles failed to play any of the Revolver’s songs during their final US tour in August 1966.
Also on this day...
- 2019: The Beatles announce Abbey Road 50th anniversary reissue
- 2010: Paul McCartney live at Air Canada Centre, Toronto
- 2009: Beatles fans mark 40 years of Abbey Road photoshoot
- 1969: Recording: The End, I Want You (She’s So Heavy), Oh! Darling
- 1969: The Abbey Road cover photography session
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Hey Jude, Not Guilty
- 1966: The South African Broadcasting Corporation bans The Beatles’ music
- 1966: US single release: Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine
- 1963: Live: Candie Gardens, Guernsey
- 1962: Live: Co-op Ballroom, Doncaster
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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