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Ranking the songs on Revolver
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Thanks @sigh butterfly. This apple's for youapple01ahdn_george_05You're the kindest person on this forum, probably tied with @Ahhh Girl.

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Jules said
Thanks Sigh Butterfly. This apple's for youapple01ahdn_george_05You're the kindest person on this forum, probably tied with Ahhh Girl.

  

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Jules said

@Monkberry Moon Delight said

9. Yellow Submarine - I hope @Jules isn't disappointed since it doesn't rank that high, but yeah, I don't understand why it is last for so many people.

Clearly you haven't read my ranking.

You're a great poster, MMD! I hope you posted more often. You can come to All Together Now whenever you want and talk music & other stuff if you like.

  

Now I have. Way too low...

 

Thanks, but it's always a bit exhausting to write longer texts in english. Plus there are just some phases where my Beatles passion cools down a bit.

 

I'd like to rank all the albums at one point. Problem is, with the long pauses those rankings change. I think I did the White Album in 2017 and would rank it differently now.

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Hey Monk M.D., I had no idea that English wasn't your first language. I assume you attended a good school system as you got skills. I'm working on a long story for the Happenings thread, but after that I'm going to attempt my very first album ranking in 5 years. I know what's going to happen though. Growing up with these songs they all feel like old friends. I feel like I'm being disloyal when I place one over the other. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14. I think I was telling Jules, I didn't even switch the channel from a Beatles song on the radio (no matter what it was) until the mid-70s.

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  1. Taxman - George Harrison 's best song on the album, though I'm not sure how much of that can be attributed to Paul McCartney 's bass (stolen by the time-travelling McCartney from Start by The Jam) and ferocious guitar solo at the end. It was recorded around the same time as The Kinks' Sunny Afternoon, so one can assume George and Ray Davies discussed their pay-slips one evening during the spring of 1966. 9/10
  2. Eleanor Rigby - The older I get, the more I love this song. In a complete contrast to Harrison's 'woe is me', poor-rich man complaint, McCartney broadcasts the plight of two lonely people who inevitably come together at the end when it's far too late. Even the instrumentation gives the song a sense of abandonment and abjection. 10/10
  3. I'm Only Sleeping - Is Revolver the last album where the band truly worked together as a quartet? I'm Only Sleeping couldn't have been written by anyone except John Lennon (even his vocals are lethargic) but (like Taxman ) it wouldn't be half-as-good without that game-changing (backwards) guitar solo - this time from Harrison. McCartney's harmony during the bridge sections are brilliant too. 10/10
  4. Love You To - I can take or leave Harrison's Indian obsession. On any other album songs like this would jar, but in the spirt of the decade Love You To feels no less out of place on a 'psychedelic' album than Yellow Submarine . They're just at opposite ends of the same circle. 7/10
  5. Here, There And Everywhere - I’ve always thought this would be so much better if the production wasn't so lacking in energy. The music just lacks any power, although it’s no doubt done deliberately to mirror the song’s theme etc. Supposedly inspired by Pet Sounds, the dates don’t add up. 7/10
  6. Yellow Submarine - The great thing about Revolver is that, even if you didn't like the direction The Beatles were apparently taking with songs like Tomorrow Never Knows or Love You To , the whole family could still enjoy sing-a-longs to things like Yellow Submarine . It suits Ringo Starr 's 'friendly Uncle' persona perfectly, and the song is made infinitely better thanks to the contributions from his bandmates, particularly Lennon's Goon-like backing vocals during the last verse. 8/10
  7. She Said She Said - Inspired by a comment made by Pete Fonda (imagine if John had been talking to Jane instead, we could've had a song about knowing what it's like to do an aerobic work-out!) this is startlingly effective song, despite it's apparent simplicity. Starr's drumming is superb on this. I've also just decided the titular character of this song and the lyrics are about Julia Lennon. 9/10
  8. Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles were like sponges when it came to soaking up influences. This time, McCartney was inspired to write this ode to the summer by The Lovin’ Spoonful. It should be brilliant but instead it limps along with a kind of forced optimism. 7/10
  9. And Your Bird Can Sing – Again, this is another example of the band working together to produce something remarkable. The highlight of this song is the twin guitar playing of Harrison and McCartney, and this song has the energy and enthusiasm that Good Day Sunshine lacks. The version on Anthology 2 is great too. 9/10
  10. For No One - Suffers in the public eye perhaps, for not being Eleanor Rigby , this is one of McCartney’s understated gems. 9/10
  11. Doctor Robert – Nobody will ever pick Doctor Robert as their favourite song on Revolver because it isn’t very good. It’s the weakest track on the album and there’s a sense that Lennon was phoning it in by this point. 6/10
  12. I Want To Tell You –The most forgettable of Harrison’s contributions to Revolver , although it’s still better than the worst offering of Lennon and McCartney. That said, the line ‘I’ll make you maybe next time around’ sounds as though he was filling singing words to fill the necessary number of syllables; it doesn’t make any sense. 7/10
  13. Got To Get You Into My Life – The second song to be recorded for the album, McCartney’s ‘ode to pot’ is a tight, Stax/Motown influenced number that occasionally feels a little bogged down under the brass heavy mix. 7/10
  14. Tomorrow Never Knows – Written in 1956 by Lennon when he’d only learnt the one guitar chord, it’s impossible not to imagine George Martin’s slightly confused reaction when this was presented to him in the studio ten years later. Again, the other Beatles (particularly McCartney and Starr) deserve credit for the song’s brilliance, along with its composer. Sheryl Crow nearly covered it thirty years later. 10/10

Average rating – 8.2/10

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Nice overview there, Tony. apple01

One correction: Both Paul AND The Jam, in fact, time-traveled to 1982 to steal the "Taxman " bass line from The Bangles:

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1. Taxman (george is better than john paul and ringo. yeah, shoot me.)

2. Love You To (harrison is my fave, so i love this!)

3. I Want To Tell You (so bloody underrated. As the poll for favorite george songs says, the piano is phenominal, yet people don't like it.

4. Eleanor Rigby

5. Tomorrow Never Knows (overrated)

6. Here There And Everywhere

7. Got To Get You Into My Life

8. For No One

9. And Your Bird Can Sing

10. yellow submarine

11. Doctor Robert

12. Good Day Sunshine

13. im only sleeping

14. She Said She Said (don't like itpaul-mccartney)

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Tony Japanese said

    1. Taxman - George Harrison 's best song on the album, though I'm not sure how much of that can be attributed to Paul McCartney 's bass (stolen by the time-travelling McCartney from Start by The Jam) and ferocious guitar solo at the end. It was recorded around the same time as The Kinks' Sunny Afternoon, so one can assume George and Ray Davies discussed their pay-slips one evening during the spring of 1966. 9/10
    1. Eleanor Rigby - The older I get, the more I love this song. In a complete contrast to Harrison's 'woe is me', poor-rich man complaint, McCartney broadcasts the plight of two lonely people who inevitably come together at the end when it's far too late. Even the instrumentation gives the song a sense of abandonment and abjection. 10/10
    1. I'm Only Sleeping - Is Revolver the last album where the band truly worked together as a quartet? I'm Only Sleeping couldn't have been written by anyone except John Lennon (even his vocals are lethargic) but (like Taxman ) it wouldn't be half-as-good without that game-changing (backwards) guitar solo - this time from Harrison. McCartney's harmony during the bridge sections are brilliant too. 10/10
    1. Love You To - I can take or leave Harrison's Indian obsession. On any other album songs like this would jar, but in the spirt of the decade Love You To feels no less out of place on a 'psychedelic' album than Yellow Submarine . They're just at opposite ends of the same circle. 7/10
    1. Here, There And Everywhere - I’ve always thought this would be so much better if the production wasn't so lacking in energy. The music just lacks any power, although it’s no doubt done deliberately to mirror the song’s theme etc. Supposedly inspired by Pet Sounds, the dates don’t add up. 7/10
    1. Yellow Submarine - The great thing about Revolver is that, even if you didn't like the direction The Beatles were apparently taking with songs like Tomorrow Never Knows or Love You To , the whole family could still enjoy sing-a-longs to things like Yellow Submarine . It suits Ringo Starr 's 'friendly Uncle' persona perfectly, and the song is made infinitely better thanks to the contributions from his bandmates, particularly Lennon's Goon-like backing vocals during the last verse. 8/10
    1. She Said She Said - Inspired by a comment made by Pete Fonda (imagine if John had been talking to Jane instead, we could've had a song about knowing what it's like to do an aerobic work-out!) this is startlingly effective song, despite it's apparent simplicity. Starr's drumming is superb on this. I've also just decided the titular character of this song and the lyrics are about Julia Lennon. 9/10
    1. Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles were like sponges when it came to soaking up influences. This time, McCartney was inspired to write this ode to the summer by The Lovin’ Spoonful. It should be brilliant but instead it limps along with a kind of forced optimism. 7/10
    1. And Your Bird Can Sing – Again, this is another example of the band working together to produce something remarkable. The highlight of this song is the twin guitar playing of Harrison and McCartney, and this song has the energy and enthusiasm that Good Day Sunshine lacks. The version on Anthology 2 is great too. 9/10
    1. For No One - Suffers in the public eye perhaps, for not being Eleanor Rigby , this is one of McCartney’s understated gems. 9/10
    1. Doctor Robert – Nobody will ever pick Doctor Robert as their favourite song on Revolver because it isn’t very good. It’s the weakest track on the album and there’s a sense that Lennon was phoning it in by this point. 6/10
    1. I Want To Tell You –The most forgettable of Harrison’s contributions to Revolver , although it’s still better than the worst offering of Lennon and McCartney. That said, the line ‘I’ll make you maybe next time around’ sounds as though he was filling singing words to fill the necessary number of syllables; it doesn’t make any sense. 7/10
    1. Got To Get You Into My Life – The second song to be recorded for the album, McCartney’s ‘ode to pot’ is a tight, Stax/Motown influenced number that occasionally feels a little bogged down under the brass heavy mix. 7/10
    1. Tomorrow Never Knows – Written in 1956 by Lennon when he’d only learnt the one guitar chord, it’s impossible not to imagine George Martin’s slightly confused reaction when this was presented to him in the studio ten years later. Again, the other Beatles (particularly McCartney and Starr) deserve credit for the song’s brilliance, along with its composer. Sheryl Crow nearly covered it thirty years later. 10/10

Average rating – 8.2/10

  

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Nice overview there, Tony. apple01


One correction: Both Paul AND The Jam, in fact, time-traveled to 1982 to steal the "Taxman " bass line from The Bangles:


  

 

Who all stole it from the Bee Gees'In My Own Time

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I regret saying She Said She Said isn't good. (in reality, I just haven't listened to it at the time. It's acutely phenominal, and bring Here There And Everywhere to #1

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1. Rigby

2. Taxman

3. Tomorrow

4. Sunshine

5. Sleeping

6. No One

7. She Said

8. Tell You

9. Here There

10. Bird 

11. Got To

12. Love You 

13. Dr. Rob

14. Yellow Sub.

 

P.S Coming back to this after a nights sleep I like it as a running order as well. That was unintentional. My favourite album of theirs by a smidge in a photo with Rubber Soul . Remember George saying he thought of those two as like a double album as they were recorded close together or more so with limited intervening interruptions maybe.

Unless Paul McCartney knocks on my door I am unlikely to be impressed.

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Ok, my last ranking I made changed like hell. Here's the updated version.

1. Here, There, And Everywhere: Good song. One of my favourites.

2. Love You To : This song deserves much more respect than it gets.

3. Eleanor Rigby : Pretty song.

4. Tomorrow Never Knows : When I first heard this, I was like: "Oh my god, what is this?!"

5. She Said She Said : I forget why I put it at the bottom of the list last time I ranked this album. Probably to see what hateful things were to be said about me for doing so.

6. Got To Get You Into My Life : This is a good song. This is a very good song.

7. For No One : Very pretty, just too short.

8. And Your Bird Can Sing : I love it, but, like For No One , it's too short.

9. Doctor Robert : Underrated. That's all I need to say.

10. Taxman : I used to love it more, but I must have heard it TOO much. It's still great!

11. I Want To Tell You : Same issue I have with Taxman . I still love it, though.

12. I'm Only Sleeping : It's not bad, it's just not one of my favourites.

13. Yellow Submarine : One of those songs you like when you're just getting into the Beatles. Overtime you become more aware of the other greatness on Revolver .

14. Good Day Sunshine : I don't love it, but I like it. It's a bit too cheesy.

 

And there we go.

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