BEATLES ALBUM INFORMATION & BRIEF DESCRIPTION
| Date LP Released:
|| August 8, 1966 |
| Dates LP Recorded:
|| Apr. 6 to June 21, 1966 |
| Studio Recorded:
|| EMI Studios, London UK |
| Record Label:
|| Capitol Records |
| Album Producer(s):
|| George Martin |
| Album Total Length:
|| 34:43 |
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Brief Album Description:
Revolver is the seventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released on 5 August 1966, it was the Beatles'
final recording project before their retirement as live performers, and marked a progression on their 1965 release Rubber
Soul in terms of the group's readiness to experiment in the recording studio. The album's diverse sounds include tape loops
and backwards recordings on the psychedelic "Tomorrow Never Knows", a classical string octet on "Eleanor Rigby", and Indian-music
backing on "Love You To". The album was reduced to eleven songs by Capitol Records in North America, where three of its tracks
instead appeared on the June 1966 release Yesterday and Today. Revolver was the last Beatles album to be subjected to Capitol's
policy of altering the band's intended running order and content. The Beatles recorded the album following a three-month break
from professional commitments at the start of 1966, and during a period when London was feted as the era's cultural capital.
The songs reflect the influence of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and the increasing sophistication of the Beatles' lyrics
to address themes including death and transcendence from material concerns. With the restoration of the three omitted
tracks for its international CD release in 1987, many music critics recognise Revolver as the Beatles' best album,
surpassing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album was ranked first in Colin Larkin's book All-Time Top 1000
Albums and third in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2013, after the British
Phonographic Industry had changed its sales award rules, Revolver was certified platinum in the UK. The album has been
certified 5× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.