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From an early age, I would say that most of us grew to know The Beatles through family talk or basically any discussion of great music. I myself heard a Beatles song for the first time from one of the old vinyl records my dad had lying around our basement a long time ago. Back then, I had no idea how much of a social impact this band had or how largely their work transformed the history of modern music. Neither the music of this generation nor any music I’ve ever heard can compare to the work of The Beatles. That being said, trying to listen to every song they released is quite a challenge. Trying to pick the best album they released is a cinch. “Revolver” may not have all the traditional Beatles sing-alongs everybody seems to know, “Yellow Submarine” being an exception, but this unusual experiment of amazing musical talent definitely takes the cake.
“Revolver” shows The Beatles at the height of their creative potential and revolutionary studio performance. I would go as far to say that this album is the greatest musical achievement in the group’s history. There’s a moody feel to this album that is unlike any other I’ve ever heard. “Revolver” has such excellent guitar work with perfect lyrics written by the three most important composers in the history of pop music. It’s really a journey and an experience to be played nonstop without the shifting we often do while listening to playlists on an iPod or a cd. This experimental album was the root for so many musical innovations done since the beginning of pop music.
From the happy-go-lucky and up-beat attitude of “Good Day Sunshine” to the soft meaningful tone of “Eleanor Rigby”, the wide variety of psychedelic and traditional tones creates a new vibe that never really occurred in the music industry before. It’s really a spree of alternative ways to produce instrumental sounds from the sitar to the backwards guitar. The sound effects are coordinated in such a way that makes it feel like the music comes from a strange dream that is both optimistic lightheartedness and reverent solemnity.
The Beatles reached the hearts of millions with this album and it could be argued that they achieved near perfection. George Harrison’s superb backwards guitar solo “I’m Only Sleeping” definitely complemented John Lennon’s folksy lyrics. Even underrated Beatles songs like “She Said She Said”, “And Your Bird Can Sing”, and “Doctor Robert” pull the album together stunningly with a feeling I can’t describe. How do you articulate that feeling in a Beatles song where everything just fits right? Their music has been an ideal for so much of the music world that there just doesn’t seem to be anything else to compare it to.
Paul McCartney was able to reach his peak as a pop composer with “Got To Get You Into My Life” and his most striking ballad ever “Here, There And Everywhere”. His sad social commentary within “Eleanor Rigby” is accompanied by pleasant orchestral arrangements. He also wrote another ode to his past love who was no longer with him in “For No One”. Ringo Starr created probably the most well known track on the album, “Yellow Submarine”, but also shines as a drummer, in “She Said She Said” and “Tomorrow Never Knows”, showing the world what he’s really capable of. Ringo is definitely an all around artist who proved his worth in this album and really got his share of the spotlight.
George Harrison’s contributions to Beatles records were almost always underrated, but in this album he really created some masterpieces to prove his worth as a writer, singer, and composer more than ever before. His vocals in “Good Day Sunshine” and “She Said She Said” are the best they ever were. Probably one of the top tracks on the album was “Taxman”, combining of a good sense of humor and a classic rock’n’roll feel to really stick with you. Harrison’s creation could not have been paired with a better supporting guitar solo and percussion by McCartney whose performance allowed the song to get even bigger and louder.
The amazing graphic cover-art includes both drawings and a collage created a very unique and noticeable look for the record. It reached number one on both the British and American charts when it was released and stayed at the top spot for seven weeks and six weeks, respectively. It placed number 3 in the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and is arguably one of the greatest achievements in music history. It’s absolutely the Beatles’ greatest studio creation, which launched them like a rocket, further into their musical career as a band. This album truly allowed The Beatles to reach the notoriety and world fame that came to change music as we know it today.