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What if the Beatles had released a new studio album in late 1966?
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14 June 2017
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As most of us know, after recording Revolver, they did a chaotic tour, and after that took a sabatical from both the road and the studio, only returning to it for the Pepper sessions. But I ask, what would an album in between Revolver and Sgt. Peppers sound like? Well, in my opinion, it would be sort of an evolution from the sounds of Revolver, with the addition of some garage rock influences (bands like the 13th Floor Elevators were booming at the time, and apparently John was a fan), as well as some additional psychedelia. I think it would have the potential to be one of their best, and considering the songs that would be available to them, it's easy to know why:

- Strawberry Fields Forever (written in Oct. '66, I think, while John was shooting a movie)

- Penny Lane (Paul had been playing around with an embryonic version of it since the Revolver sessions, and it took shape later in the year)

- When I'm 64 (Actually recorded and finished in late '66, was written in the Cavern days)

- Some embryonic, different version of A Day In The Life, started late in the year

- Isn't It A Pity (written in '66, but would have been done in a waaaay different arrangement)

- Art of Dying (written in late '66, probably without the horns and in a more "garage rock" version of it would be my guess)

- Piggies (finalizing George's quota of 3 tunes per album,I think it would be done similarly to the album version, only in a more "pop" fashion)

Any opinions on how it could have been?

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14 June 2017
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I can't see this happening, a more likely thing happening would be an album released in June 1966 in between Rubber Soul and Revolver. Also, The Beatles released A Collection Of Beatles Oldies during this time which had some of their hit singles finally put on an album in the UK.

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17 July 2017
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I don't think they were in the right space to record a new album. They had just come off touring which was full of drama, John was filming How I Won The War, Paul and George Martin were working on the soundtrack for the Family Way, George went to India and Ringo was enjoying the time off. 

By the time they all reconvened in late 1966 there wasn't enough time to finish a complete album. The Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane single still didn't come out until early 1967.

I personally believe that they needed the break after years of touring, recording, films, television and radio performances but after all of this things would never be the same again and the band would slowly drift apart.

Anyway I believe that even if they went straight into recording after they finished their final tour they probably still wouldn't have had enough time to record an album for late 1966 as they were experimenting more in the studio rather than recording multiple songs in a day so I doubt they would have had enough time at that point in their career.

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19 November 2017
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Having Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band sandwiched between two EPs. One in late 1966 and then the Magical Mystery Tour EP is cool thought.  I am not going to speculate on what would be on the made up EP but they might have been able to pull this off.

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Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever would sound less polished, because they would have rushed the release. 

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Probably true.

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