The Beatles’ album, Revolver, released on August 5, 1966, in the UK. It was then released on August 8, 1966, in the US. Over 50 years later, the record still holds up as one of the most revolutionary rock records of all time.
Strenuous years of touring came to a boiling point in The Beatles’ disastrous 1966 World Tour. Bad sound systems, riotous Beatlemania, and poor concert organization left the group utterly exhausted. So much so, that the band departed from touring. In fact, they departed from live performances altogether, at least for the time being.
This break from the madness sent the group into the studio. Not held by the constraints of being able to actually perform any of their new music, The Beatles found liberation in innovation.
Thus, the band’s seventh studio album, Revolver, was born. The first recordings released from the sessions, engineered by Geoff Emerick, “Paperback Writer” and “Rain” gave an indication of what was to come.
Having more time and the ability to experiment in the studio paid off. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were able to flaunt true creativity and innovation. George also made his mark, with three of his compositions appearing on a Beatles album for the first time. The album entered the UK charts at number 1, where it stayed for 7 weeks out of an impressive overall run of 34 weeks.
The album’s artwork came from the brilliant Klaus Voormann, a German artist and the band’s friend from their Hamburg days. It’s psychedelic. It’s eclectic. It marked and totally exemplified the new era of The Beatles. One of complete artistic representation.
The Beatles’ album, Revolver, marked a shift in the popular music landscape. It was not bound to the constraints of any norms. It cemented its place as a legendary album in the rock music zeitgeist.