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7 March 2015
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The repeated beginning piano chord on ‘Good Day Sunshine ‘ fading in like that, almost charging like a row of stampeding horses at the listener, is quite foreboding, then the tune bursts out into life with the drum entrance and refrain. It’s a very effective contrast and only serves to make the track even brighter and sunnier than it’s name suggests.

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I love this album and it is definitely one of my favourite albums. Taxman , Yellow Submarine , She Said She Said , and Eleanor Rigby are my favourites.

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Sorry to go off-topic but @LittleBeatlemaniac I love your avatar so much.

stay-on-topic Revolver is my second-favorite album. It has a great, fresh, distinctive sound and SO many great songs. 

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Where on earth did the Beatles get the idea of at one time possibly calling what turned out to be ‘Revolver ‘ ‘Fat Man and Bobby’?

Abracadabra was an early title for Revolver, as were Pendulums, Fat Man And Bobby, After Geography (Ringo Starr ‘s pun on The Rolling Stones’ Aftermath), Beatles On Safari, Magic Circle and Four Sides Of The Circle.

(Source: Joe’s article)

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I love revolver! It is in my rotation of fave albums (along with Sgt.  pepper’s, Abbey Road , and the White Album ).  Seems whichever I am listening to at the time is my fave. I’ve been in a Rubber Soul mood lately,  but I still consider it alone in 2nd place.

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 Why are there two threads titled “Revolver “? It’s cadfusing. 

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It would certainly be an idea to retitle the other thread. While this thread is the thread for general discussion of the album, the other thread is more of a discussion about the album’s title. Maybe something like “Why was it called ‘Revolver ‘?” would be a better title for the other thread.

A good spot, @Beatlebug.

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Somethingelse Reviews has a discussion with Steve Cropper about the plans of Brian and the Beatles to record in Memphis at Stax Records in 1966 but which never came to pass. The Beatles instead stayed in the UK and at EMI studios and created ‘Revolver ‘.

Furthermore, from the article,

Brian Epstein later suggested that Steve Cropper work with the Beatles at the studios of Atlantic Records, then Stax’s business partner. “I said, ‘Yes, I guess I could do that, even though it’s not Stax,’ so he said he’d get back to me. After about a month, he called and said, ‘Steve, we’re still talking about this, but they’ve been working on this album which is nearly finished so it’ll be the next project.’

Of course, that next project turned into the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a moment of outsized psychedelia that couldn’t have had less to do with the Stax aesthetic. Steve Cropper admits that, by then, he’d already come to understand that working with the Beatles would never happen”

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Ron Nasty said

It would certainly be an idea to retitle the other thread. While this thread is the thread for general discussion of the album, the other thread is more of a discussion about the album’s title. Maybe something like “Why was it called ‘Revolver ‘?” would be a better title for the other thread.

A good spot, Silly Girl.

Just so I won’t have to keep looking back, the title of the other thread did get changed. Just a note to myself.

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Somehow this slipped by. A previously unseen letter from George has surfaced and reveals the reason why the Beatles never recorded at Stax Studios in Atlanta – its been covered by a lot of publications, here’s Rolling Stone.

The letter itself can be read at Record Mecca and the full quote in regards to recording at Stax reads

By the way did you hear that we nearly recorded in Memphis with Jim Stuart. We would all like it a lot, but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word ‘Beatles’, so it fell through !.”

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Thanks, mmm. I enjoy reading handwritten letters from them.
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It’s the Revolversary! Been spinning Beatles in the record store today and a customer just came in and reminded me its Revolvers release date so that should be on.

I brought in Pepper, MMT, and The White One to play in the background. Should’ve brought one earlier!

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Zig said
Thanks, mmm. I enjoy reading handwritten letters from them.
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Me too! It gives a real flavor of that uniquely creative time.  Isn’t it funny to think that written communication was so cumbersome then?  Laboriously hand-writing a letter on a piece of paper, then finding the right postage and delivering it for transportation overseas (!) and eventually to Atlanta, GA.  Now, George would just tweet, IM, email, Instagram, snapchat, or Facebook, all within seconds.

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I am a newbie here at Beatles Bible and would like to say hello to my new friends.  And you are all my friends.

Naturally, I love all the Beatles albums yada yada yada.  The following are a synopsis of commentaries I’ve seen in some publications or heard on talk shows.  Opinions are not necessarily my own.

As a rule, it seems that while Sgt. Pepper was once considered the best Beatle album, Revolver has overtaken it in some circles.   Write-ups usually say that this was when the creativity of the Fabs really took hold and it was the last time they worked as a complete cooperative unit in all the songs. And they may think Revolver has aged better while Sgt. Pepper is more of a period piece.

Many of today’s critics seem to hate the progressive/art rock of the 1970s (Yes, ELP, King Crimson et al).  While they admire Sgt. Pepper , they hate the way it was an influence to bands like those.  They seem to have the same attitude of late 70s punk rockers who reacted against concept albums with long complex suites. 

I guess the true measuring stick would be to look at the “Top Albums Of All Time” lists compiled by Rolling Stone magazine, VH1 and elsewhere to see which album finishes higher the most often.

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I believe the UK release of Revolver marked the first time an album contained songs that were previously released in the US (I’m Only Sleeping , And Your Bird Can Sing , & Doc Robert were released on June 20th, 1966 on an album named Yesterday and Today). Of course no one over here knew about it, as true music news and commentary was unheard of at the time.

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I’ll always say, no matter how many times I listen to it, that Sgt. Pepper ‘s just can’t be topped. Revolver did have a lot of good parts about it, but I feel that there were a few songs on there that I felt were just simple, and just alright.  There aren’t those just average songs on Pepper though. a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

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Jolly Jimmy said

I am a newbie here at Beatles Bible and would like to say hello to my new friends.  And you are all my friends.

Welcome! Nice to have you here.

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When Mr. Kite posted yesterday that it was Revolver ‘s birthday, I was confused because for some reason I thought it was today (I was confusing it with Help ! I think). So I checked one of my books of reference and it said August 13. I was thrown into further confusion, so I did what I should have done originally: I checked the Beatles Bible. a-hard-days-night-john-1 

August 5, UK, and August 13, US. 

 

By the way… I heart Revolver

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I wasn’t sure where to put this, but here will do. I’ve just been reading issue two of History of Rock magazine, which contains articles from NME and Melody Maker from 1966. It’s good. The 1967 issue is out now (in the UK, at least).

There are various Beatles articles and interviews, and one snippet caught my eye. From Melody Maker, 13 August 1966:

The Beatles’ new single, Eleanor Rigby and Yellow Submarine , rush-released on Friday, leaped to No 4 in the Pop 50 this week. It is the second Beatles single in three months and was released to prevent copies of the songs from making the charts.

What this means is that the single was released to stop cover versions from climbing the charts and stealing The Beatles’ thunder. I wasn’t aware this was the reason for the release; I’d always assumed it was just to promote the album and get some airplay.

It’s an interesting choice. I wouldn’t have thought Yellow Submarine would get many cover versions (have there been any mainstream ones?). Eleanor Rigby  was a bit more commercial, perhaps, although if they were worried about cover versions I’d have thought a song like Here, There And Everywhere would have been more likely to have been a hit for another singer.

Different recordings of the same songs used to compete with one another in the charts in the late 50s and early 60s. I guess it’s a consequence of sheet music being widely sold, and performers not normally writing their own material. But I’d never considered this to be an issue with The Beatles before. There were loads of cover versions of Lennon-McCartney songs kicking around at the time anyway.

It made me wonder whether Revolver was always intended to be a single-free album, like With The Beatles , Beatles For Sale , Rubber Soul , Sgt Pepper and the White Album . They’d put out Paperback Writer not long before, and presumably would have been intending to put out another standalone single for Christmas 1966 (though it never happened). Since they didn’t normally care about extracting singles from albums, why did it matter in August 1966?

Slightly related: Mary Hopkin’s recording of Those Were The Days was released head-to-head with Sandie Shaw’s version in 1968 (MH’s won).

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A new spin on me too, @Joe.

However, as we should always remember, it does depend on how accurate the journalism is. Just because a journalist said it, it doesn’t make it so.

It is an interesting idea though.

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