The Beatles album Revolver is one of the most acclaimed recordings in music history.  It ranked number three on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest albums list.  The Beatles were the heartthrob band of their day, and truly are pioneers of pop music.  They began very commercialized and drove the pop world into frenzy.  With the Revolver album the Beatles change the face of pop.  Revolver raised the bar as far as what was expected of pop music.  With songs like “Got to Get you into my life”, which was influenced by the Motown sound, “Love You To” which has Indian music influences, and “Here there and Everywhere which was influenced by the Beach Boys, this album brought elements from a wide range and broad scope of influences.  The Beatles were ahead of the times in experimentation with sounds in many ways.  One way that the Beatles innovated, they used the studio as an actual instrument.  In the studio they processed lead vocals in ways like never before.  By routing John Lennon’s lead vocals from the recording console to the studio’s speakers, the vocals were colored, creating a filtered effect.  In these same sessions the automatic vocal doubling effect was born and has since become the pop standard production technique.  The Beatles also took it even further by performing what is now called the reverse guitar effect.  George Harrison played the notes for  “I’m Only Sleeping” backwards then he reversed it on tape and blended it with the rest of the tracks, causing the guitar to sound some what suspended.  Overall this album is an inspiration to me first as an artist, because out experimentation, something as epic as this album was created.  To see the impact this album has made on pop culture, it’s quite inviting.  As a listener, this album is almost like a journey through Wonderland.  The sounds, textures, and lyrics, take you to another place.  As a professional, this album just re-emphasizes the point of there being no right or wrong way to do music.  It’s not about bit-depths, sample rates, meters, or plug-ins, it’s just as Bruce Swedien said, “music is about what it strikes into the soul of the listener.”

 

 

References

PRX » Piece » Everything Was Right: The Beatles’ Revolver . (n.d.). Public Radio Exchange . Retrieved October 6, 2013, from http://www.prx.org/pieces/15368-everything-was-right-the-beatles-revolver

Newman, R. (2006). THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE BEATLES’ Revolver ABRACADABRA!. Stanford : Creative Commons.