Following the worldwide success of "Let It Be," Apple Corps and USM are proud to present the next multi-format reissue of the Beatles' album "Revolver."
The Beatles' 7th studio album was released on August 5, 1966 with the double A-side single "Eleanor Rigby" / "Yellow Submarine." The unexpected gift of a three-month break at the beginning of 1966 meant that by April of that year they were ready to record their most groundbreaking album to date. An album that would redefine the way artists write and record their songs, and with the help of a uniquely talented producer and engineers eager to help them realize their dreams, would change the way the world viewed albums as creative works in their own right. The studio and advancing recording technology led to Revolver and the birth of a new era in rock and pop music.
However, there was one area where technology had not advanced as far or as fast: multi-tracking. At that time, many instruments and vocal elements were combined or "broken down" to a total of only 4 tracks, which had to become two tracks for stereo recording. The mono album (from the original mono master tape) included here in the box was considered by the band and many others at the time to be the primary format in which most people would listen to Revolver. It was easy to mix the 4 tracks for the final album, but it wasn't so easy to do it in stereo. They couldn't separate the individual instruments or vocals to create an authentic stereo field. The result was always considered the best possible at the time, but not as good as the fans would have liked to hear.
Using AI technology developed by Peter Jackson's Wingnut team to clearly score the studio scenes in the Get Back documentary series, Giles Martin quickly realized that this could be a way to "decode" the 4-track tapes and separate the instruments to create what until now had been impossible. With the help and dedication of time, computer resources and a very clever and dedicated team, the 4 tracks gradually became multitracks and we are now able to release this truly stunning, exciting and groundbreaking remix of Revolver. Finally, we can present to you, proud and happy, the mono album in stereo!
In addition, there is the usual high-quality, well-researched and comprehensive 100-page booklet that details the history of the recording of the album, track by track, as well as the band's situation in 1966 and the reaction and subsequent life of the album. With a personal introduction by Paul McCartney and one by Giles Martin, this book also offers an incredible personal journey into Revolver and beyond from Questlove, the modern musical genius. In addition to many photos, handwritten lyrics and the cassette boxes, we are pleased to include pages from the graphic novel by Klaus Voorman - friend of the band since Hamburg, bassist and graphic designer - telling the story of how he came to be asked to design the Grammy-winning cover and how he created another first for this album - the unique cover art created specifically for an album.
- CD1: Revolver (2022 Stereo Mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell)
- CD2: Revolver - Sessions Highlights (Outtakes from the recording sessions)
- 40-page booklet