Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Revolver and its 40th Anniversary

Revolver wouldn't remain the Beatles' most ambitious LP for long, but many fans--including this one--remember it as their best. An object lesson in fitting great songwriting into experimental production and genre play, this is also a record whose influence extends far beyond mere they-was-the-greatest cheerleading. Putting McCartney's more traditionally melodic "Here, There and Everywhere" and "For No One" alongside Lennon's direct-hit sneering ("Dr. Robert") and dreamscapes ("I'm Only Sleeping," "Tomorrow Never Knows") and Harrison's peaking wit ("Taxman") was as conceptually brilliant as anything Sgt. Pepper attempted, and more subtly fulfilling. A must. Ray Newman is a superfan of the Beatles. He has written a e-book on Revolver, which were released in august, '66. It's good stuff.

+ Ray Newman - Abracadabra (pdf)
+ Taxman
+ For No One
+ Tomorrow Never Knows

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