After weeks of anticipation, speculation, and a leaked track list, the news is official: the next installment of The Beatles Archive Release series will be their stunning 1966 masterpiece, Revolver. A remixed album, the original mono mix, and a slew of never-before-heard outtakes are a part of the deluxe edition of the set, out 10/28 on Apple/Universal. Like the previous Archive Collection releases, the Revolver set will be available in several forms, including vinyl and streaming. Although there is a Dolby Atmos mix that will be available digitally, Apple opted out of a Blu-ray disc to accompany the other CDs in the Deluxe set.
After The White Album, this is my favorite Beatles release and I mean no hyperbole by saying it absolutely changed my life. Every song had something different to offer, and the sounds they made on the recordings had never been done before. We’d later find out that they’d speed things up, slow them down, turn them backwards, doing just about anything to make a song different. That’s what appealed to me most of all about Revolver. They brought in a young, fresh-eared engineer, all of 20 years old, named Geoff Emerick to help the band achieve what they heard in their heads onto tape. In many cases, Emerick used unconventional means to make that happen, several times incurring the wrath of Abbey Road top engineering brass for “abuse of equipment.” But he got them the sounds, and the result is a sonic explosion. It also didn’t hurt that McCartney, Lennon and Harrison are all writing incredibly inventive, mind-blowing songs, George getting a never-before three songs included on the album.
Needless to say I can’t wait to hear the whole set!! New Beatles – does it get any better than that??? Anyway, here are 5 things on the new Beatles Revolver Box Set I cannot wait to hear.