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Revolver
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Released 5 August 1966
Recorded April–June 1966
Studio EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock • pop • psychedelic rock
Length 35:01
Label ParlophoneCapitol
Producer George Martin
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Revolver is the seventh studio album by English rock band The Beatles. It was first released on 5 August 1966 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom and on 8 August 1966 in the United States by Capitol Records. Produced by George Martin, it was recorded following a three-month break from professional commitments at the start of 1966, during a period when London was considered the era's cultural capital. Much of its songs reflect the influence of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, and the increasing sophistication of the band's lyrics to address themes including death and transcendence from material concerns.

Revolver was the band's final recording project before their retirement as live performers, and marked their most overt use of studio technology up to that time, building on the advances of their previous album Rubber Soul (1965). With no thoughts of reproducing new material in concert, the band made liberal use of studio techniques such as varispeeding, reversed tapes, close audio miking, and automatic double tracking (ADT), in addition to employing musical instrumentation outside of their standard live setup. The album's diverse sounds include tape loops and reversed recordings on the psychedelic "Tomorrow Never Knows", a classical string octet on "Eleanor Rigby", and Indian music backing on "Love You To". Some of the changes in studio practice introduced by Revolver, particularly ADT, were soon adopted throughout the recording industry.

Revolver was promoted with the release of its fourteen tracks to radio stations in the United Kingdom throughout July 1966; its release in the United States coincided with the band's final tour, which was marred by controversy surrounding band member John Lennon's remark about how they had become "more popular than Jesus". Nevertheless, Revolver topped the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard Top LPs chart for several weeks. It received universal acclaim from critics, and is often credited with helping expand the scope of pop music in terms of stylistic range, compositional form, and lyrical content; it is also considered influential in advancing principles espoused by 1960s counterculture and in inspiring the development of subsequent genres such as psychedelic rock, electronica, progressive rock, and world music. The album was certified 5x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, denoting shipments of over 5 million copies in the United States, and in 2013, after the British Phonographic Industry changed its sales award rules, it achieved 2x BPI platinum status, denoting shipments of over 600,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In 2003, Rolling Stone placed Revolver at number 3 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", a position it kept after the list was updated in 2012.

TracksEdit

All songs written by Lennon/McCartney, except where noted otherwise.

UK releaseEdit

Side oneEdit

  1. "Taxman" (George Harrison) – 2:39
  2. "Eleanor Rigby" – 2:07
  3. "I'm Only Sleeping" – 3:01
  4. "Love You To" (Harrison) – 3:01
  5. "Here, There and Everywhere" – 2:25
  6. "Yellow Submarine" – 2:40
  7. "She Said She Said" – 2:37

Side twoEdit

  1. "Good Day Sunshine" – 2:09
  2. "And Your Bird Can Sing" – 2:01
  3. "For No One" – 2:01
  4. "Doctor Robert" – 2:15
  5. "I Want to Tell You" (Harrison) – 2:29
  6. "Got to Get You into My Life" – 2:30
  7. "Tomorrow Never Knows" – 2:57

U.S. releaseEdit

Side oneEdit

  1. "Taxman" (Harrison) – 2:39
  2. "Eleanor Rigby" – 2:07
  3. "Love You To" (Harrison) – 3:01
  4. "Here, There and Everywhere" – 2:25
  5. "Yellow Submarine" – 2:40
  6. "She Said She Said" – 2:37

Side twoEdit

  1. "Good Day Sunshine" – 2:09
  2. "For No One" – 2:01
  3. "I Want to Tell You" (Harrison) – 2:29
  4. "Got to Get You into My Life" – 2:30
  5. "Tomorrow Never Knows" – 2:57

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