Monday, July 31, 2006
The Revolver Sessions
How does one commemorate the 40th anniversary of (arguably) the greatest Beatles album, nay, the greatest album of the rock era? What more can be written or said about the revolution that was Revolver? Suffice it to say, the far reaching influence of Revolver reverberated throughout popular music to this day. The experimentation of sound, lyric, message--it continues to inspire awe and complete admiration, often toping those meaningless "Greatest Albums of All Time" lists magazines are so fond of creating (but in this case, I certainly must agree). It's still hard to believe that such a collection of songs was created with only four tracks to work with--the ingenuity of the Beatles and George Martin is astounding. Genius can be an over-used term, but when it comes to that Team, it's quite an understatement.
I'll never forget the first time I heard the entire album, especially "Tomorrow Never Knows". I had never heard such sounds emanating from my stereo--something so foreign, yet still familiar and spine-tingling. The message grabbed me, those words from a chanting Lennon. Every song on Revolver is a winner to me--from McCartney's thought-provoking and touching ballads; to Lennon's philosophical musings on mind and soul expansion; to Harrison's Indian musical masterpieces and the Starr-sung children's song for the ages--there has never been an album quite like Revolver, nor will there ever be again.
So, on August 5th, take some time to really listen to Revolver, both mono and stereo if you have them. Let the music soak in and touch you. That's what it's all about.
Enjoy the Revolver session photos!