THE BEATLES: REVOLVER (1966)
Here I will put another album by The Beatles. It was released one year before the legendary ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’, but in my opinion is equally (if not more) important. Because it is an excellent record, it introduced new music forms, and it actually ‘warned’ the world of what was going to follow…
‘Revolver’ contains 14 songs and at least the half of them became widely known and gained a very high position in the history of Rock music. ‘Taxman’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ ‘For no one’, just to name a few…
The record was ranked at No.1 in the album charts both in U.K and USA and remained there for 6-7 weeks. It is considered the second most important album by The Beatles and through the years gained amazing fame, success, sales, and recognition from all the music media, the musicians and the people.
Together with ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ by Pink Floyd are considered the first psychedelic albums ever recorded. Although ‘The Piper’ is a totally psychedelic album, ‘Revolver’ gains this title mostly because of 2-3 songs with oriental sounds, and for the use of very ‘exotic’ organs (for those years) such as Sitar and Tamboura. Especially this oriental style and these organs will be proved very popular a couple of years later with the ‘explosion’ of psychedelic music.
I wrote before that ‘Revolver’ gained huge recognition both from the media and the fans.
So, here are SOME of the ‘Honorary titles’ it gained through the years:
It was placed at No.1 in the list with the ‘All time Top-1000 albums’.
It was No.3 at Rolling Stone magazine’s list with the ‘500 greatest albums of all time’
In 1997 it was voted as the 3rd greatest album of all times in a poll conducted in the U.K, by HMV Group, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM.
In 2000 ‘Q’ magazine placed it at the No.1 on its list with the ‘100 greatest British albums ever’.
In 2001 the TV network VH1 named it as the No.1 greatest album of all times, and exactly the same position was achieved in the ‘Virgin’s all time Top-1000 albums’.
In 2002 the readers of Rolling Stone magazine ranked it as the greatest album of all times.
I think these are enough, eh?
I have 2 videos from this album for you. The beautifully melancholic 'For no One' and the psychedelic and trippy 'Tomorrow never knows'.