The Beatles “Revolver”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#301 in the Series, and #1 in the new, Whale Wednesday Series) is The Beatles, Revolver

Do I really need to say much about Revolver? I don’t think so. So I’ll keep it rather short so you can scroll down and check out some of the videos before the Apple Records minions have them removed!

I know quite a few people that call Revolver their favorite Beatles album. Mine is “whichever one I’m currently playing!”

I do like where this fits into their chronology. It’s not “early Beatles” it’s not “psychedelic Beatles” (well, maybe a little) and it’s not “later Beatles.”  I believe that’s why so many people like it as much as they do.

Some absolutely wonderful songs here.  I don’t need to mention them. Just look at the track listing. Every one is a Hall of Fame quality track.

I will, however, mention two songs for personal reasons.

The first is “Eleanor Rigby.”  I remember as a youth this NOT being one of my favorites. I think the “keeps in a jar by the door” line freaked me out!  What really sold me on this track was when I saw Paul McCartney on his first solo tour in years in the late 80s. It was the first one he did after Wings disbanded.  On that tour he did an unbelievable version of “Eleanor Rigby” that was accompanied by a black and white, still picture montage of all these old lonely faces. It really had an effect on me. Especially after seeing  so many people treating the elderly without the proper respect.

The second song I want I want to mention is “Yellow Submarine.” Again, going back to my youth, I always remembered that my dad could not stand this song!!!  Mind you he was raised in Italy, listening to Italian Opera stars like Enrico Caruso and Mario Lanza.  He had no use for pop music at all. But he wouldn’t comment all that much about my music. He would, however, go out of his way to point out his hatred for “Yellow Submarine.” It was a huge hit one summer while we vacationed in Eagle River, Wisconsin. It was played often by the one station we were able to receive. No wonder he was out on the boat all week!

Listen to Revolver in the playlist below. While it’s still there!

 

Track listing

Side one

  1. “Taxman”  2:39
  2. “Eleanor Rigby”  2:08
  3. “I’m Only Sleeping”  3:02
  4. “Love You To”   3:01
  5. “Here, There and Everywhere”  2:26
  6. “Yellow Submarine”  2:40
  7. “She Said She Said”  2:37

Side two

  1. “Good Day Sunshine”    2:10
  2. “And Your Bird Can Sing”  2:02
  3. “For No One”    2:01
  4. “Doctor Robert”   2:15
  5. “I Want to Tell You”  2:30
  6. “Got to Get You into My Life”   2:31
  7. “Tomorrow Never Knows”  2:57

Personnel

The Beatles

  • George Harrison – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars; lead, harmony and background vocals; sitar; sound effects; maracas, tambourine, handclaps and finger snaps.
  • John Lennon – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars; lead, harmony and background vocals; piano, Hammond organ and harmonium; tape loops and sound effects; cowbell, tambourine, maracas, handclaps and finger snaps.
  • Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and background vocals; lead, acoustic and bass guitars; piano and clavichord; tape loops and sound effects; handclaps and finger snaps.
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine, maracas, handclaps and finger snaps; lead and background vocals.

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Posted by Larry Carta

9 Comments

  1. coachmaddog (02 Mar 2011, 16:43)
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    Doesn’t this one go without saying? Educate us, don’t drill home the obvious. The Beatles were great? Really? Jeez, it never occurred to me.

  2. Larry Carta (02 Mar 2011, 17:33)
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    Coach, I appreciate exactly what you’re saying. I really do. But I still feel that there is a place for something like this every so often.

    That’s why I put this out there the day before.

    http://www.coolalbumoftheday.com/?p=8125 Check it out.

    If I was doing this every week, or 4 times a week I probably wouldn’t! But when it’s everyday with our missing one in months. It’s good to have as many titles at my fingers as possible. Remember, we’ve done 300 entries before we got to this!

    Thanks, Love hearing from you. Larry

  3. Phil Lucafo (02 Mar 2011, 22:34)
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    It’s still a cool album, even IF we already know the Beatles were great. I say, nice pick, but then I am a huge Beatles fan.

  4. Larry Carta (02 Mar 2011, 22:42)
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    What he said!!

  5. mark (03 Mar 2011, 15:33)
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    first off, great pick, larry. i’m GLAD you mix it up and have obscure along w/ well-known albums. the site’s called cool album of the day, not obscure cool album of the day.

    and, i must disclose that i’m a complete beatlemaniac. complete.

    that being said, i have to say that i never really got why this album’s so highly regarded. i love it, but i’ve always thought rubber soul was much better (even hard day’s night beats this, i think). and i definitely like everything after this album much better.

    but i guess it’s all tastes.

  6. coachmaddog (03 Mar 2011, 17:13)
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    It’s the best Fabs album. The most over -rated? The White album. There’s way too much of it.

  7. mark (05 Mar 2011, 12:08)
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    so funny, coachmaddog. we’re both beatlemaniacs, i bet, but you’re the yin to my yang. i think the most overrated beatles album is revolver, it’s your fave; my fave is white album it’s what you say is the most overrated. crazy.

  8. Mimi Betinis (19 Mar 2011, 23:55)
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    I never tire of listening to the work of the masters.

  9. Denise (12 Apr 2011, 21:29)
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    one of my two all time favourite Beatles albums..along with Rubber Soul…like isn’t good enough – love is what!!



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