Revolver

The Beatles chose Revolver as this album's title from other candidates such as "Abracadabra," "Magic Circles," and "Beatles on Safari." The cover slick was designed by Beatle acquaintance and musician Klaus Voorman.

By the summer of 1966, the Beatles were changed men. Having embraced the emerging hippy ethic, taken LSD, and developed personal musical tastes that ranged from classical to Indian to the avant-garde, it was almost inevitable that Revolver would reflect these new interests, just as their debut album had reflected their youthful love of American rock and soul.

Clearly a studio creation rather than just a collection of songs, this was the album on which the Beatles' songwriting skills were most perfectly enhanced by their desire to innovate. Released on August 5, Revolver topped the U.K. album charts for seven weeks starting on the 13th and, like With the Beatles, even made an appearance in the Top 20 singles.

Paul McCartney: Just to show how wrong one can be, I was in Germany on tour just before Revolver came out. I started listening to the album, and I got really down because I thought the whole thing was out of tune. Everyone had to reassure me that it was OK.

Although Revolver was released during the Beatles' final tour, the group played none of its songs on stage. It was the last instance where UK and US versions of a same-titled Beatle album contained a different track list.


Original Vinyl Track Listing
Side 1
  1. Taxman
  2. Eleanor Rigby
  3. I'm Only Sleeping
  4. Love You To
  5. Here, There and Everywhere
  6. Yellow Submarine
  7. She Said She Said
Side 2
  1. Good Day Sunshine
  2. And Your Bird Can Sing
  3. For No One
  4. Doctor Robert
  5. I Want To Tell You
  6. Got To Get You Into My Life
  7. Tomorrow Never Knows


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