The BEATLES


Revolver
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(1966 / 2009)



1. Taxman 2'38
(GeorgeHarrison)
Recorded: April 20, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England but Remade April 21, 1966 with Overdubbing on April 22, 1966 and May 16, 1966
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2. Eleanor Rigby 2'07
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: April 28, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with Vocals Overdubbed April 29, 1966 and another McCartney Vocal added June 6, 1966
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3. I'm Only Sleeping 3'00
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: April 27, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with Lead Vocal Overdubbed April 29, 1966, backward guitar May 5, 1966 and background vocals May 6, 1966
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4. Love You To 3'00
(GeorgeHarrison)
Recorded: April 11, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with Overdubs added April 13, 1966
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5. Here There And Everywhere 2'25
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: June 14, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with Overdubs added June 16-17, 1966
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6. Yellow Submarine 2'39
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: May 26, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with Special Effects Overdubbed June 1, 1966
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7. She Said, She Said 2'36
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: June 21, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England
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8. Good Day Sunshine 2'09
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: June 8, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with Overdubs added June 9, 1966
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9. And Your Bird Can Sing 2'01
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: April 20, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England but Remade April 26, 1966
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10. For No One 1'59
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: May 9, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with the Vocal Overdubbed May 16, 1966 and the French Horn Solo Overdubbed May 19, 1966
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11. Dr. Robert 2'15
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: April 17, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with Vocals Overdubbed April 19, 1966
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12. I Want To Tell You 2'28
(George Harrison)
Recorded: June 2, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with Bass Guitar Overdubbed June 3, 1966
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13. Got To Get You Into My Life 2'29
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: April 7-8, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with Overdubs added April 11, May 18, and June 17, 1966
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14. Tomorrow Never Knows 3'01
(George Harrison)
Recorded: April 6, 1966 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with Overdubs added April 7, 1966 and April 22, 1966
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Total Time: 34:47


  • John Lennon - Rhythm Guitar (5, 7, 9), Acoustic Guitar (3, 6), Hammond Organ (7, 14), Tambourine (1, 12-14), Tape Loops (14), Blowing Bubbles through a straw (6), Harmonium (11), Maracas (11), Lead Vocal (3, 7, 9), Handclaps (12), Double-Tracked Lead Vocal (11), Harmony Vocal (2, 7, 8, 12), Background Vocal (1, 5, 6)
  • Paul McCartney - Bass Guitar (1, 3, 5-7, 9-12-14) , Lead Guitar (1), Piano (10), Tape Loop (bird sounds) (14), Handclaps (12), Lead Vocal (8, 10, 14), Double-Tracked Lead Vocal (2, 5, 13), Harmony Vocal (4, 9, 11, 12), Background Vocal (1, 3, 5, 6)
  • George Harrison - Lead Guitar (3, 5, 7, 9, 11-14), Guitars (4), Sitar (4, 14), Staccato Guitar (1), Tambourine (6), Handclaps (12), Double-Tracked Lead Vocal (1, 4, 12), Harmony Vocal (2, 8, 9), Background Vocal (3, 5, 6)
  • Ringo Starr - Drums (1, 3, 5-14), Cowbell (1), Tambourine (4, 9, 10), Maracas (12), Lead Vocal (6)

    Additional Musicians:

  • George Martin Piano on "Good Day Sunshine" and "Tomorrow Never Knows"; Hammond organ on "Got to Get You into My Life"; tape-loops of the marching band on "Yellow Submarine", Organ on "Got To Get You Into My Life"
  • Anil Bhagwat Tabla on "Love You To"
  • Eddy Thornton - Trumpet on "Got To Get You Into My Life"
  • Ian Hamer - Trumpet on "Got To Get You Into My Life"
  • Les Conlon - Trumpet on "Got To Get You Into My Life"
  • Alan Branscombe - Tenor Saxophone on "Got To Get You Into My Life"
  • Peter Coe - Tenor Saxophone on "Got To Get You Into My Life"
  • Alan Civil French Horn on "For No One"
  • Brian Jones Background Vocals on "Yellow Submarine" (uncredited)
  • Donovan background Vocals on "Yellow Submarine" (uncredited)
  • Mal Evans Bass Drum and Background Vocals on "Yellow Submarine"
  • Marianne Faithfull Background Vocals On "Yellow Submarine" (uncredited)
  • Neil Aspinall Background Vocals on "Yellow Submarine" (uncredited)
  • Pattie Boyd Background Vocals on "Yellow Submarine" (uncredited)
  • Session Musicians - Four Violins, Two Violas (2), Two Cellos (2)
  • Patti Harrison and Studio Staff - Chorus on fadeout

    Produced by George Martin
    Principal Engineer: Geoff Emerick
    This Remastered Album has been created from the original stereo analogue Master Tapes.
    Remastered by Guy Massey and Steve Rooke
    Project Co-ordinator: Allan Rouse
    Album Redesign; Drew Lorimer
    Historical Notes: Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley
    Recording Notes: Allan Rouse and Kevin Howlett
    Project Management for
    EMI RECORDS Ltd: Wendy Day and Guy Hayden
    Photo Retouching: Gavin O'Neill
    Photo Editing and Research: Aaron Bremner and Dorcas Lynn

    Thanks To Simon Gibson

    All Songs Published by SONY / ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC

    Digital Remaster 2009
    Artwork 2009 APPLE Corps Ltd.

    Remaster 2009 by EMI RECORDS Ltd.
    2009 EMl RECORDS Ltd.

    APPLE and PARLOPHONE
    "BEATLES", "APPLE" and the APPLE Logos are Trademarks of APPLE Corps Ltd.

    HISTORICAL NOTESS

    Released in the UK on 5th August, 1966, Revolver was The BEATLES' seventh album. It arrived in the shops eight months after Rubber Soul, the longest gap between LPs so far. On the day the previous album was released, the group had begun a series of British concerts with two shows on each of the nine dates in December, 1965. After what turned out to be their last tour of the UK. The BEATLES took an extended break from performing and recording. They returned to ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS in April, 1966 and recorded continually for three months. Paperback Writer' and 'Rain' were the first songs to be heard from the sessions when their twelfth Parlophone single was issued in June. There had been an unusually long wait of six months for this new record. Furthermore, the sixteen songs completed between April and June would be the only new Beatles tracks in 1966 - compared to 33 released during the preceding year. However, the sessions saw The BEATLES reach a peak of creativity on all levels. In addition to the songwriting brilliance displayed by John and Paul, Revolver contained the biggest contribution to date from George with three songs. The inspired experimentation heard on the disc was mirrored by the album's sleeve. An art student friend during their pre-fame days in Hamburg, Klaus Voormann intertwined his own line drawings of The BEATLES with a collage of photographs. His design marked another startling step forward in the evolution of LP artwork. The album entered the UK chart at number one and stayed on top for seven of its 34 weeks in the list. Released a few days later in the States, Revolver was number one for six of its 77 weeks in the Top LPs chart. Although the sleeve was identical, the American album contained only eleven songs. The three that were missing - 'And Your Bird Can Sing', 'Doctor Robert' and I'm Only Sleeping' - had already been issued in the States in June on the Capitol Records collection "Yesterday"...And Today. The BEATLES had dominated the Briti; iristmas market for the last three years but. in 1966, there was no single or album with new material. The hits compilation A Collection Of Beatles Oldies was released in the UK in December but the expectant wait for a new LP continued until the arrival in June, 1967 of Sqt. Pepper's Lonelv Hearts Club Band ...

    RECORDING NOTES

    From the album's very first session, it was clear that revolutionary advances in recording were being made in the studio. In the three years since their first LP, The BEATLES and George Martin had progressed from the limitations of recording on twin-track machines to the greater opportunities allowed by four-track tape throughout 1964 and 1965. The constant quest for innovation led in 1966 to the unique sounds heard on Revolver. On 6,h April, 1966 The BEATLES began recording their new album with 'Tomorrow Never Knows', which introduced many of the new studio developments that were used throughout Revolver. These included innovative techniques to record the drums, the sound of backwards guitar and a special vocal effect. This vocal treatment was used for the second half of 'Tomorrow Never Knows' and was achieved by recording John's voice coming out of a Leslie speaker cabinet. Usually connected to a Hammond or Lowrey keyboard, the revolving speaker created a distinctive vibrato effect. No one had put a voice through it before. While recording the two previous albums, one song on each had demanded more than four tracks to accommodate the musical arrangement. The solution was to 'bounce down' tracks while mixing and copying to another four-track tape. However on Revolver, this process was needed for all but three of the fourteen songs. For example, the double string quartet scored by George Martin for 'Eleanor Rigby' was recorded onto all four tracks and then while being copied to another tape, the instruments were mixed to one track. This left three tracks available on the second tape for vocal overdubs. Surprisingly, the intricate sounding 'Tomorrow Never Knows' was confined to one four-track tape. Drums, bass and guitar were sent to track one; the sounds of tape loops were on two; a double-track vocal, tambourine, organ and backwards guitar were on three; and four had the lead vocal and a sitar. But the evolution of the recording was made more complex by the fact that the loops on track two were being sent from numerous tape machines in various rooms around Abbey Road studios. These were linked to different channels on the mixing desk and faded in and out throughout the song. Many of the songs on Revolver were treated with another new studio effect -Artificial/Automatic Double Tracking. Technical engineer Ken Townsend had invented a way to artificially reproduce the sound of double-tracking. By running an additional tape machine it was possible to duplicate a vocal or instrument from the master tape and, at the same time, delay it by just a fraction of a second from the original. This gave the impression of hearing two voices or instruments from just one recording. ADT saved the BEATLES time and meant that it was no longer necessary to use another track on the tape to create the sound of double-tracking. Revolver was the first Beatles LP recorded by engineer Geoff Emerick. He was twenty years old at the time and quickly embraced the spirit of experimentation that characterised the sessions. Completed on 22nd June, 1966, the album took an unprecedented 300 hours to record and mix.





    1. Taxman

      Let me tell you how it will be
      There's one for you, nineteen for me
      'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

      Should five per cent appear too small
      Be thankful I don't take it all
      'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

      If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
      If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
      If you get too cold I'll tax the heat,
      If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.

      Don't ask me what I want it for
      If you don't want to pay some more
      'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

      Now my advice for those who die
      Declare the pennies on your eyes
      'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
      And you're working for no one but me.

    2. Eleanor Rigby

      Ah, look at all the lonely people
      Ah, look at all the lonely people

      Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
      Lives in a dream
      Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
      Who is it for?

      All the lonely people
      Where do they all come from ?
      All the lonely people
      Where do they all belong ?

      Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
      No one comes near.
      Look at him working. Darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there
      What does he care?

      All the lonely people
      Where do they all come from?
      All the lonely people
      Where do they all belong?

      Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
      Nobody came
      Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
      No one was saved

      All the lonely people
      Where do they all come from?
      All the lonely people
      Where do they all belong?

    3. I'm Only Sleeping

      When I wake up early in the morning

      Lift my head, I'm still yawning
      When I'm in the middle of a dream
      Stay in bed, float up stream (float up stream)

      Please, don't wake me, no, don't shake me
      Leave me where I am - I'm only sleeping

      Everybody seems to think I'm lazy
      I don't mind, I think they're crazy
      Running everywhere at such a speed
      Till they find there's no need (there's no need)

      Please, don't spoil my day, I'm miles away
      And after all I'm only sleeping

      Keeping an eye on the world going by my window
      Taking my time

      Lying there and staring at the ceiling
      Waiting for a sleepy feeling...

      Please, don't spoil my day, I'm miles away
      And after all I'm only sleeping

      Keeping an eye on the world going by my window
      Taking my time

      When I wake up early in the morning
      Lift my head, I'm still yawning
      When I'm in the middle of a dream
      Stay in bed, float up stream (float up stream)

      Please, don't wake me, no, don't shake me
      Leave me where I am - I'm only sleeping

    4. Love You To

      Each day just goes so fast
      I turn around - it's past
      You don't time to hang a sign on me

      Love me while you can
      Before I'm dead old man

      A lifetime is so short
      A new one can't be bought
      And what you've got means such a lot to me

      Make love all day long
      Make love singing songs

      There's people standing round
      Who screw you in the ground
      They'll fill your head with all the things you see

      I'll make love to you
      If you want me too

    5. Here, There And Everywhere

      To lead a better life I need my home to be here...

      Here, making each day of the year
      Changing my life with the wave of her hand
      Nobody can deny that there's something there

      There, running my hands through her hair
      Both of us thinking how good it can be
      Someone is speking but she doesn't know he's there

      I want her everywhere and if she's beside me
      I know I need never care
      But to love her is to need her everywhere
      Knowing that love is to share

      Each one believing that love never dies
      Watching her eyes and hoping I'm always there

      I want her everywhere and if she's beside me
      I know I need never care
      But to love her is to need her everywhere
      Knowing that love is to share

      Each one believing that love never dies
      Watching her eyes and hoping I'm always there

      To be there and everywhere
      Here, there and everywhere

    6. Yellow Submarine

      In the town where I was born
      Lived a man who sailed to sea
      And he told us of his life
      In the land of submarines

      So we sailed up to the sun
      Till we found the sea of green
      And we lived beneath the waves
      In our yellow submarine

      We all live in our yellow submarine,
      Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
      We all live in our yellow submarine,
      Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

      And our friends are all on board
      Many more of them live next door
      And the band begins to play

      We all live in our yellow submarine,
      Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
      We all live in our yellow submarine,
      Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

      As we live a life of ease
      Everyone of us has all we need
      Sky of blue and sea of green
      In our yellow submarine.

      We all live in our yellow submarine,
      Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
      We all live in our yellow submarine,
      Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

      We all live in our yellow submarine,
      Yellow submarine, yellow submarine
      We all live in our yellow submarine,
      Yellow submarine, yellow submarine

    7. She Said, She Said

      She said I know what it's like to be dead
      I know what it is to be sad
      And she's making me feel like I've never been born.

      I said "Who put all those things in your hair
      Things that ake me feel that I'm mad
      And you're making me feel like I've never been born."

      She said "you don't understand what I said"
      I said "No, no, no, you're wrong"
      When I was a boy everything was right
      Everything was right

      I said "Even though you know what you know
      I know that I'm ready to leave
      'Cause you're making me feel like I've never been born."

      She said "you don't understand what I said"
      I said "No, no, no, you're wrong"
      When I was a boy everything was right
      Everything was right

      I said "Even though you know what you know
      I know that I'm ready to leave
      'Cause you're making me feel like I've never been born."

      She said I know what it's like to be dead
      I know what it is to be sad...

    8. Good Day Sunshine

      Good Day Sunshine, Good Day Sunshine, Good Day Sunshine

      I need to laugh and when the sun is out
      I've got something I can laugh about
      I feel good in a special way
      I'm in love and it's a sunny day

      Good Day Sunshine, Good Day Sunshine, Good Day Sunshine

      We take a walk, the sun is shining down
      Burns my feet as they touch the ground

      Good Day Sunshine, Good Day Sunshine, Good Day Sunshine

      Then we'd lie beneath the shady tree
      I love her and she's loving me
      She feels good, she knows she's looking fine
      I'm so proud to know that she is mine.

      Good Day Sunshine, Good Day Sunshine, Good Day Sunshine

    9. And Your Bird Can Sing

      You tell me that you've got everything you want
      And your bird can sing
      But you don't get me, you don't get me

      You say you've seen seven wonders and your bird is green
      But you can't see me, you can't see me

      When your prized possessions start to wear you down
      Look in my direction, I'll be round, I'll be round

      When your bird is broken will it bring you down
      You may be awoken, I'll be round, I'll be round

      You tell me that you've heard every sound there is
      And your bird can swim
      But you can't hear me, you can't hear me

    10. For No One

      Your day breaks, your mind aches
      You find that all the words of kindness linger on
      When she no longer needs you

      She wakes up, she makes up
      She takes her time and doesn't feel she has to hurry
      She no longer needs you

      And in her eyes you see nothing
      No sign of love behind the tears
      Cried for no one
      A love that should have lasted years!

      You want her, you need her
      And yet you don't believe her when she said her love is dead
      You think she needs you

      And in her eyes you see nothing
      No sign of love behind the tears
      Cried for no one
      A love that should have lasted years!

      You stay home, she goes out
      She says that long ago she knew someone but now he's gone
      She doesn't need him

      Your day breaks, your mind aches
      There will be time when all the things she said will fil your head
      You won't forget her

      And in her eyes you see nothing
      No sign of love behind the tears
      Cried for no one
      A love that should have lasted years!

    11. Doctor Robert

      Ring my friend, I said you call Doctor Robert
      Day or night he'll be there any time at all, Doctor Robert
      Doctor Robert, you're a new and better man,
      He helps you to understand
      He does everything he can, Doctor Robert

      If you're down he'll pick you up, Doctor Robert
      Take a drink from his special cup, Doctor Robert
      Doctor Robert, he's a man you must believe,
      Helping everyone in need
      No one can succeed like Doctor Robert

      Well, well, well, you're feeling fine
      Well, well, well, he'll make you ... Doctor Robert

      My friend works for the national health, Doctor Robert
      Don't pay money just to see yourself with Doctor Robert
      Doctor Robert, you're a new and better man,
      He helps you to understand
      He does everything he can, Doctor Robert

      Well, well, well, you're feeling fine
      Well, well, well, he'll make you ... Doctor Robert

    12. I Want To Tell You

      I want to tell you
      My head is filled with things to say
      When you're here
      All those words, they seem to slip away

      When I get near you,
      The games begin to drag me down
      It's all right
      I'll make you maybe next time around

      But if I seem to act unkind
      It's only me, it's not my mind
      That is confusing things.

      I want to tell you
      I feel hung up but I don't know why,
      I don't mind
      I could wait forever, I've got time

      Sometimes I wish I knew you well,
      Then I could speak my mind and tell you
      Maybe you'd understand

      I want to tell you
      I feel hung up but I don't know why,
      I don't mind
      I could wait forever, I've got time, I've got time, I've got time

    13. Got To Get You Into My Life

      I was alone, I took a ride,
      I didn't know what I would find there
      Another road where maybe I could see another kind of mind there

      Ooh, then I suddenly see you,
      Ooh, did I tell you I need you
      Every single day of my life

      You didn't run, you didn't lie
      You knew I wanted just to hold you
      And had you gone you knew in time we'd meet again
      For I had told you

      Ooh, you were meant to be near me
      Ooh, and I want you hear me
      Say we'll be together every day

      Got to get you into my life

      What can I do, what can I be,
      When I'm with you I want to stay there
      If I'm true I'll never leave
      And if I do I know the way there

      Ooh, then I suddenly see you,
      Ooh, did I tell you I need you
      Every single day of my life

      Got to get you into my life
      Got to get you into my life

      I was alone, I took a ride,
      I didn't know what I would find there
      Another road where maybe I could see another kind of mind there

      Then suddenly I see you,
      Did I tell you I need you...

    14. Tomorrow Never Knows

      Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream,
      It is not dying, it is not dying

      Lay down al thoughts, surrender to the void,
      It is shining, it is shining.

      Yet you may see the meaning of within
      It is being, it is being

      Love is all and love is everyone
      It is knowing, it is knowing

      And ignorance and hate mourn the dead
      It is believing, it is believing

      But listen to the colour of your dreams
      It is not leaving, it is not leaving

      So play the game "Existence" to the end
      Of the beginning, of the beginning