The Beatles: Revolver

Second CD reviewed in a row that I fairly strongly disliked at first.  I was lukewarm on this one for a much longer time, though.  I think I finally understand its reputation now (though the stupid debate among hipsters about Revolver v. Rubber Soul as the best Beatles album has to end…just partaking in the debate is a lame attempt to signal hipster cred, at which point you lose all non-hipster cred.)  Once I got past the terrible sound and the stretch from 4-6 without a keeper I was able to see it for what it is: a collection of mostly fabulous songs.

  1. Taxman – Liked more before I knew it was George whining about his taxes.  #OccupyTheBeatles. (“Daddy singing taxman song.”)
  2. Eleanor Rigby – Ridiculed so much for the fact that violin players love it.  Stupidest criticism ever.  Fantastic song.
  3. I’m Only Sleeping – Sounds like crap, but a great song to sing to my kids.  (“Daddy singing sleeping song.”) It’s a fantastic song, period, I just wish it didn’t sound like ass.
  4. Love You To – George’s sitar contribution to the album.
  5. Here, There and Everywhere – Fine, but yawny.
  6. Yellow Submarine – I’m torn so much on this song.  I’ve never really liked it, finding it way too simple.  But it is a cool song to sing with kids (“Daddy singing submarine song”), and the expansions on the theme in the instruments is kind of cool.  And it’s Ringo, so I want to love it.  But I can’t stand it.
  7. She Said She Said – Is the sound good enough to mix?  The song is, not sure if the sound is.
  8. Good Day Sunshine – “Daddy singing sunshine song.”
  9. And Your Bird Can Sing – peaking, but great song.
  10. For No One – So sad
  11. Doctor Robert –
  12. I Want To Tell You – Gad sound again
  13. Got To Get You Into My Life –
  14. Tomorrow Never Knows – Another sitar one.  This one’s much better.

“Good Day Sunshine,” “And Your Bird Can Sing”
“Taxman,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “I’m Only Sleeping,” “She Said She Said,” “For No One,” “Got To Get You Into My Life,” “Tomorrow Never Knows”
“Love You To,” “Here, There and Everywhere,” “Doctor Robert,” “I Want To Tell You”
Filed Between: The Beatles’ Help! and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band


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