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This period very may be the Beatles at their most creative best
1966 is my favourite Beatles period and Revolver is the best album ever made by anyone in my opinion.
Tough to argue that one Keith
Very cool pictures, thanks a bunch for sharing these and all the others today. : )
The top one might be larger (uncropped) than on the poster that I have. I don’t think I’ve seen the one of George. Anyway, very nice…
(I guess you have unpacked and are getting settled) Thanks, Tammy!
Yes thanks Kwai, all unpacked, my Globites are scattered all around me now empty.
Actually Miss Tammy – just to be picky – it’s Paperback Writer – the only occasion where they are all seen sitting…
Same afternoon they took the photo on the back of Revolver. Very cool period. May 1966, beautiful weather in the UK, perfect summer.
Keith, you can make a case for Rubber Soul but you can’t argue Revolver between the both of them what a knockout punch then to be followed by Pepper……….
Alex, George viewed Rubber Soul & Revolver almost as part 1 and part 2 (Anthology interview), but I do think there is a definite step up in quality with Revolver.
My feeling is Revolver came with Lennon & McCartney at the height of their powers (George contributed great songs to Revolver, but his time would come a couple of years later) and with them still being a “group” because they were still touring.
Sgt. Pepper is an aural feast and very much of its time.
Revolver is timeless in my view and their 1966 look is timelessly cool.
George’s comments that he didn’t see much difference between Rubber Soul and Revolver always puzzled me, as they’re SO different. But then again, in Lennon remembers, John couldn’t recall which came first, Rubber Soul or Revolver, so maybe all of them were just so stoned the whole time they didn’t pay much attention! In summer 1966, Paul said he felt he was singing out of tune all over Revolver!
Despite the obvious creative advancements in writing, I always paired Help and Rubber Soul together as being similar. Certainly they’re sonically similar, recording techniques much the same (though the Stereo mix of RS could be said to be a backward step), both start side #2 with the countrified Ringo piece, and Rubber Soul even has a left over Help track in WAIT. REVOLVER is the ‘big’ creative leap – which follows through Sgt Pepper.
I kinda see every release as a creative leap, i mean, ‘Beatles for sale’ to ‘Help’, i see leapness there
Hi Nika, re: Paul feeling Revolver was out of tune, this comment was from the “Musician” interview with Vic Garbarini at MPL in summer 1980. He said they heard an advance copy – probably a tape while in Germany – but I think he felt the instruments were out of tune rather than his singing. it’s come to light recently that he wasn’t that involved with finishing She Said, She Said – the last track to be finished for the album. Perhaps this was the song he hadn’t mind – or possibly ‘Doctor Robert.’
Sorry, last sentence should have read ‘he had in mind’
No, I read it in Beatles Monthly in 1966. There is also an LP of 1966 American tour press conferences and interviews where he recounts his anxiety over his singing. He specifically mentions his voice on Eleanor Rigby.
As he doesn’t refer to the playing in Musician, Beatles Monthly or the interview from 1966, only his own singing sounding out of tune to him, I don’t think we can assume he was referring to She Said, She Said, a song he doesn’t sing on and most probably isn’t even on at all.
I think what nika heard was an interview where Paul says his singing is much better on the new album(Pepper). He says he had sung Eleanor Rigby ‘terribly’ or some such…
It is vintage interview and sounds to be pre-release. I think he talks about “if we did what we consider to be far-out…we would leave our audience behind”.
It is searing commentary from Paul…some of his best!
(note: regarding my memory…accuracy is neither guaranteed or implied)
No, it was definitely during the US tour in August 1966 when Paul says “…I even thought I was singing out of tune on the album… I listened to Eleanor Rigby and thought I was out of tune”
That’s very cool info. I’ve never heard that interview.
Comparing Heavy Items…
Rubber Soul : Revolver
Cannabis : LSD
Tammy I agree every album was a leap and just about every album is a gem. Most of them hold weight against each other. I think Hard Days Night is just about as good as any of the rest. It changes but my favorites are
Any one out there ever hear the theory that one reason Revolver was so good was because they had plenty of time to make it because they were supposed to be making their third movie at this time spring of 1966 but they rejected the script so they had more time to be in the studio, interesting I just don’t know if it is true. Also, Revolver was not acclaimed as Pepper because Revolver was the last album to be altered with by Capital Records here in the good ole US.
Nika, can you please guide me to that 1966 issue of “Beatles Monthly” where Paul said that re: Revolver as I don’t remember reading that comment of Paul’s until 1980 as I remember it came as a surprise. Thanks.
Nika et al, I have heard that McCartney interview and it must have either been on Youtube (one of the many interview clips), or potentially the On Safari DVD.
It was in relation to Eleanor Rigby being the new single following Paperback Writer and he definitely mentions singing out of tune.
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