Before we delve into the meaty stuff, let’s take a look at some quick facts and figures:
- 300 hours of studio time were used to complete the album
- Recorded in EMIs Studio 3 at Abbey Road
- Spent 34 weeks in the UK album charts, seven at the top spot
- Featured only two singles; Eleanor Rigby and Yellow Submarine.
- Placed 3rd in ‘Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list
- Considered names for the album included: Abracadabra, After Geography, Four Sides of the Eternal Triangle and Beatles On Safari.
- The cover art created by Klaus Voorman won a Grammy for Best Album Artwork, he was paid £50 for his efforts.
Following the release of the rushed yet still fantastic Rubber Soul the year before, The Beatles were due to make their third film but shelved it as they couldn’t agree on a script. The three months down time however wasn’t wasted as it allowed the band to develop their song writing ability and try out some very different ideas for their next studio album Revolver. The term ‘studio album’ in particular holds weight, as the band were looking to put the touring part of their career on hold, giving them the chance to try out ideas where they didn’t need to worry too much about recreating the tracks in a live setting. John Lennon himself noted: “One thing’s for sure, the next LP is going to be very different…Paul and I are very keen on this electronic music.”
And he was right. Revolver was the start of a turning point of sorts for the Fab Four. Many music enthusiasts have noted that their seventh studio album is a sort of marker, separating two sides to The Beatles. The earlier half consisting of pure pop classics that kicked off Beatlemania worldwide and the second demonstrating the evolution and maturity of their song writing craft, where their psychedelic experimentation lies. It’s Revolver and onwards that has helped us perceive what we see as the 60s to this day.