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Release date:
Sep 09, 2009
Publisher:
Apple, EMI

Master album


Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Revolver" Session #1

Apr 06, 1966


"Revolver" Session #2

Apr 07, 1966


"Revolver" Session #3

Apr 08, 1966


"Revolver" Session #4

Apr 11, 1966


"Revolver" Session #8

Apr 17, 1966


"Revolver" Session #9

Apr 19, 1966























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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Taxman

Written by George Harrison

2:39 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Lead guitar
Ringo Starr :
Cowbell, Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Backing vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Apr 20, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 21, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 22, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Jun 21, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


2.

Eleanor Rigby

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:07 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
John Lennon :
Harmony vocals
George Harrison :
Harmony vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Tony Gilbert :
Violin
Sidney Sax :
Violin
John Sharpe :
Violin
Jurgen Hess :
Violin
Stephen Shingles :
Viola
John Underwood :
Viola
Derek Simpson :
Cello
Norman Jones :
Cello
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Apr 28, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 29, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


3.

I'm Only Sleeping

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:00 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Apr 27, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 29, May 5, May 6, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
May 20, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


4.

Love You To

Written by George Harrison

3:00 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Tambourine
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Sitar, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Anil Bhagwat :
Tabla
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Apr 11, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 21, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


5.

Here, There and Everywhere

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:25 • Studio versionA2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Finger clicks, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Finger clicks
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Finger clicks
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Finger clicks, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Jun 16, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 17, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 21, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


6.

Yellow Submarine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:39 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Vocals
John Lennon :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Tambourine
George Martin :
Backing vocals, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Backing vocals, Recording engineer
Mal Evans :
Backing vocals, Bass drum
Neil Aspinall :
Backing vocals
Pattie Harrison :
Backing vocals
Brian Jones :
Backing vocals
Marianne Faithfull :
Backing vocals
Alf Bicknell :
Backing vocals
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
May 26, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 01, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


7.

She Said She Said

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:36 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Ringo Starr :
Drums, Shaker
John Lennon :
Hammond organ, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Bass, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Jun 21, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


8.

Good Day Sunshine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:09 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Handclaps, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Martin :
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Jun 08, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 09, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


9.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:01 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Handclaps, Lead guitar
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Handclaps, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Handclaps, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Handclaps, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Apr 20, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 26, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
May 20, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


10.

For No One

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:00 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Clavichord, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Alan Civil :
Horn
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
May 09, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
May 16, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
May 19, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 21, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


11.

Doctor Robert

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:14 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Harmonium, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar, Maracas
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Apr 17, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 19, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
May 20, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


12.

I Want to Tell You

Written by George Harrison

2:28 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Handclaps, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Handclaps, Maracas
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Handclaps, Tambourine
George Harrison :
Handclaps, Lead guitar, Lead vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Jun 02, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 21, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


13.

Got To Get You Into My Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:29 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
George Martin :
Organ, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Eddie Thornton :
Trumpet
Ian Hamer :
Trumpet
Les Condon :
Trumpet
Alan Branscombe :
Tenor saxophone
Peter Coe :
Tenor saxophone
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Apr 07, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 08, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 11, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


14.

Tomorrow Never Knows

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:00 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Lead guitar, Tape loops
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Tambourine, Tape loops
John Lennon :
Organ, Tape loops, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar, Sitar, Tambura, Tape loops
George Martin :
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Apr 06, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 07, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 22, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

About

From the liner notes:

Historical Notes

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 British Christmas 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 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band …

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RECORDING NOTES

PRODUCED BY GEORGE MARTIN

PRINCIPAL ENGINEER: GEOFF EMERICK

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 6th 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.

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

Thanks to Simon Gibson

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

All songs published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. Digital Remaster ® 2009 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd. ©2009 EMI Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.

Artwork © 2009 Apple Corps Ltd.

All photographs © Apple Corps Ltd.

Album Redesign: Drew Lorimer

Photo Retouching: Gavin O’Neill

Photo editing and research: Aaron Bremner and Dorcas Lynn

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