My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
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Brief Background: Revolver was recorded in the middle of 1966 and released later that year. This album used many studio innovations for the first time, which included tape loops, backwards vocals and instruments, and using a dual recorder to double track the vocals. The album brings the psychedelic era of rock into being.
What I think: For awhile, this album ranked as my favorite Beatles album, but I figure it is now down to number three (Hopefully the other two will make it to this list). My love for this album is really in-spite of the experimental and psychedelic elements than because of them. The two songs with the most studio effects, Harrison’s “Love to You” and Lennon’s “Tomorrow Never Knows” are my least favorite here. That being said, I still listen to them as part of the album, I just wouldn’t seek them out.
There are four tracks on this album that really stand out to me as absolute essentials in The Beatles catalog:
1. “I’m Only Sleeping”: Lennon’s ode to lazying around in bed all day is a wonderful song that is my theme to weekend naps. I love that I become tired whenever I hear the song and yawn when that word comes up in the lyrics.
2. “Here, There and Everywhere”: This McCartney song may be the most beautiful song I know, even reading the title makes the hair on my arms stand on end. It’s one that time will hopefully never forget.
3. “And Your Bird Can Sing”: I really have no idea what this Lennon song is about, I’m guessing it’s supposed to be motivating because it makes me want to run around.
4. “For No One”: If “Here, There…” is McCartney’s most beautiful, this may be his saddest. It’s about learning the one you still love, no longer loves you.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I don’t think there is any doubt that this should be here. I’ve mentioned four songs I think are masterpieces and two I could do without. There are still five more songs on this album, which still get radio play to this day and three others that probably should.
Rating (Out of 5): 5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (17/64)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 73%