The Beatles’ seventh album was released in early August 1966. Following the release of Rubber Soul the group had embarked on what was to be their final UK concert tour and following a lengthy break, they returned to Abbey Road to record continually for three months. The first recordings released from these sessions, engineered by Geoff Emerick, was the single “Paperback Writer” and “Rain” and those tracks gave an indication of what was to come.
Having longer in the studio had paid off with greater creativity and experimentation and with John and Paul in fine form as writers. George also made his mark with three of his compositions appearing on a Beatles album for the first time.
Prior to the album’s release, the band had set off on a short tour of Western Germany, prior to flying to Japan then the Philippines and finally to the USA for what turned out to be their final gigs, the last of which took place on 29thAugust 1966 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
The distinctive album sleeve design was the work of Klaus Voormann, an old friend from their Hamburg Days.
The album entered the UK chart at no. 1 where it enjoyed seven weeks in that spot out of an impressive overall run of 34 weeks.
The album released in the US was almost identical – The sleeve looked the same but the album only included 11 tracks. The reason for this was that Capitol had already released three of the songs on a collection issued in June titled “Yesterday...And Today”. Following a five week stay at # 1, this album was knocked off the top spot by “Revolver” which then spent six of its 77 week chart life in that position.
NME Friday, July 29, 1966
The latest Beatles album ‘Revolver’ certainly has new sounds and new ideas, and should cause plenty of argument among fans as to whether it is as good as or better than previous efforts. One thing seems certain to me – you’ll soon all be singing about a ‘Yellow Submarine’. This has been chosen as one ‘A’ side to be released as a 45 next week, along with the ballad ‘Eleanor Rigby’.
- The Beatles
- 5 August 1966
- 6 April – 21 June 1966 at Abbey Road Studios, London, England
- Rock, psychedelic rock
- Parlophone, Capitol, EMI
- George Martin
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Revolver is the seventh album by The Beatles, released on 5 August 1966. Many of the tracks on Revolver are marked by an electric guitar-rock sound, in contrast with their previous, folk rock inspired Rubber Soul. It reached #1 on the UK chart for seven weeks and #1 on the U.S. chart for six weeks. It was released before the Beatles' last tour in August 1966, but they did not perform songs from the album live. Their reasoning for this was that many of the tracks on the album, for example "Tomorrow Never Knows", were too complex to perform with live instruments.Because some of the parts of some songs were played "backwards" through tape manipulation, and in the case of "Tomorrow Never Knows", were manufactured in the studio with tape loops.
TMIBFITW on 7th Apr 13:
“I saw this video on YouTube about revolver as if it was a tv ad for a new drug, a new drug called the Beatles.”
Beatle 208 on 8th Feb 13:
“the beatles have been coming up with there new album revolver john, paul, george, and ringo are made out of cartoon in abbey road studios they had to try to make a great album john said: We half to make a good album so the beatles deside to end the album.”
slmj3399 on 11th Jan 13:
“The best album ever!”
Miss_McCartney on 5th Jan 13:
Sgtpepper66 on 25th Nov 12:
“the beatles wouldnt be the same without revolver its my fav album”
JohnLego on 11th Nov 12:
And Your Bird Can Sing
For No ONe
Tomorrow Never Knows
Got to Get You Into My Life
I'm Only Sleeping
She Said She Said
I Want To Tell You
Here There and Everywhere
Love You To
P.S best stinkin album ever”
Ms. Harrison on 12th Oct 12:
“Great album <3”
Fan Beatle 19 on 15th Sep 12:
“el que mejor esta dibujado en la portada es paul, sin duda”
florianlemmel on 13th Sep 12:
john lennon boy on 11th Aug 12:
“my favorite, this and pepper”
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