The Beatles – Revolver (1966)
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Autumn Colours Artist #3: The Beatles
“Got myself a date, Friday night at 8”
– Eddie Murphy, The Nutty Professor
My wonderful wife had a sushi date on Friday night with an old gal pal.
While she was out on the town and the kids were in bed, I had a date of my own with some old friends:
In recent years, it has come to my attention that not everyone enjoys the Beatles.
However, even the staunchest of Beatlephobes will likely find something to appreciate on Revolver.
It’s that diverse and that strong.
To mix it up a bit, I’ll look at each Beatle’s contributions, going clockwise, starting from the album art’s bottom right.
Taxman‘s a fine opener, love that “1 for you, 19 for me” line.
There’s also much to love with Love You To.
The quiet Beatle, they called him.
I Want to Tell You that I call him something more substantial.
For helping to introduce much of the Western world to the, to borrow a Ravi Shankar album name, Sounds of India, it gives me great pleasure to recognize George as the MOST INTRIGUING Beatle.
I’m pleased a critical reevaluation seems to be underway with Richard Starkey.
Yes, there’s a place for flashy, look-what-I-can-do drummers; I much prefer the percussionists that complement the songs rather than compete for attention.
And as per usual, Ringo’s rhythms are exactly what the songs require here.
There are also superior vocalists but I can’t picture anyone else doing the vocals to Lennon/McCartney (and autumn colour series qualifying) tracks like Yellow Submarine any better.
For his deft-and-never-daft drumming and for his charming turn as a chanteur, I hereby declare Ringo to be the MOST AFFABLE Beatle.
As I discussed when reviewing his solo debut, McCartney holds the somewhat dubious dual distinction of being both the finest songwriter of our times and also the most infuriating.
When he’s on, he’s spectacular. Fortunately, as the 2015 kids would say, he’s “on fleek” throughout Revolver. In related news, people will have stopped saying “on fleek” centuries before they stop listening to Revolver.
Eleanor Rigby is among the all-time best track 2s; Here, There, Everywhere is as beautiful a ballad as will be heard.
For No One lasts for all of 2 minutes, 2 minutes for which no one will ever ask for their time back.
That Paul was writing these timeless tunes at age 23(!) is nothing short of astounding.
He’s a shoo-in for the MOST TALENTED Beatle.
Thankfully, I have Revolver on CD & LP, as 3 Lennon tracks were left off my LP (I’m Only Sleeping, And Your Bird Can Sing, and Doctor Robert).
The LP is perhaps more concise but I’m Only Sleeping was noticeably absent, it just fits so well between Eleanor Rigby and Love You To.
Though his crowning achievement was present on both mediums, right where it belongs, closing the album.
Tomorrow Never Knows was an inspired choice for a closing track.
Given the diversity of Revolver, by ending with a track that sounded nothing like anything they’d done before, listeners were left pondering where The Beatles could possibly go on the next record.
And *Spoiler Alert* they ended up going to some pretty great places with that next record.
Finally, for inspiring a musical movement that wouldn’t hit the mainstream until 3 decades later, John is an easy choice for MOST INNOVATIVE Beatle.