[[caption-width-right:350:''"Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream..."'']]

->''"This almost flawless album can be seen as the peak of the Beatles' creative career. They were later to undertake more ambitious projects which would be crowned with equal critical acclaim, but ''Revolver'' is the kind of achievement which any artist would be more than satisfied to regard as some kind of culmination to his career. Nothing less than that."''\\
--'''Roy Carr & Tony Tyler''', ''The Beatles: An Illustrated Record''

'''''Revolver''''' is the seventh studio album by Music/TheBeatles, released in 1966. To quote Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}: "Placed at number 1 in the All-Time Top 1000 Albums and number 3 in the ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the album is often regarded as one of the greatest achievements in music history and one of the Beatles' greatest studio achievements." Magazine/TimeMagazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]]

''Revolver'' was conceived during an unusually long break in the Fab Four's schedule in early 1966.[[note]]They were supposed to film their third movie, ''A Talent for Loving'', during this period, but the project was canceled.[[/note]] Their music had already started becoming more sophisticated on their previous album, ''Music/RubberSoul'', and they took advantage of the free time to develop their sound even further. Also, they spent the better part of three months in the studio (which was unheard of in TheSixties), giving them plenty of time to experiment. The result was a groundbreaking album that was a major influence on the nascent PsychedelicRock scene, but it has transcended its era and is still highly regarded today. The "Paperback Writer"/"Rain" single was also recorded during these sessions.

The album is the subject of two books: ''[[http://revolverbook.co.uk/ Abacadabra!: The Complete Story of the Beatles' ''Revolver'']]'' (2006), an e-book by Ray Newman, and ''[[http://revolverbook.com/ Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock 'n' Roll]]'' (2012) by Robert Rodriguez (the music writer, not [[Creator/RobertRodriguez the filmmaker]]).

!! Tracklist (* = Not included in the original US version):


[[folder: Side One ]]

# "Taxman" (2:39)
# "Eleanor Rigby" (2:08)
# "I'm Only Sleeping" * (3:02)
# "Love You To" (3:01)
# "Here, There And Everywhere" (2:26)
# "Yellow Submarine" (2:40)
# "She Said She Said" (2:37)


[[folder: Side Two ]]

# "Good Day Sunshine" (2:10)
# "And Your Bird Can Sing" * (2:02)
# "For No One" (2:01)
# "Doctor Robert" * (2:15)
# "I Want To Tell You" (2:30)
# "Got To Get You Into My Life" (2:31)
# "Tomorrow Never Knows" (2:57)

!!Principal Members:

* Music/GeorgeHarrison - guitar, backing and lead vocals, bass, sitar, tambura, maracas, tambourine, sound effects
* Music/JohnLennon - lead vocals, guitar, piano, organ, harmonium, cowbell, tambourine, maracas, sound effects
* Music/PaulMcCartney - lead vocals, bass, guitar, piano, clavichord, sound effects
* Music/RingoStarr - drums, backing and lead vocals, tambourine, maracas

!!Tomorrow never tropes:

* [[AbsenteeActor Absentee Musician]]: Several tracks have at least one Beatle missing.
** Music/JohnLennon doesn't appear on "Love You To".
** "For No One" has only Music/PaulMcCartney, Music/RingoStarr and French horn player Alan Civil.
** "She Said She Said", the last track recorded, may qualify as well. Paul once told a biographer that he left the session in a huff after arguing with the other Beatles, leaving Music/GeorgeHarrison to cover for him on bass. Robert Rodriguez says the story is probably correct.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: In the post UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan-UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher era, it can be hard to believe that "One for you nineteen for me" is not an exaggeration; the British government in 1966 really did have a 95% top marginal tax rate.
* AndThenISaid: "She Said, She Said"
--> ''Who put all those things in your head? Things that make me feel that I'm mad.''
--> '''Cause you're making me feel like I've never been born.''
* BreakupSong: "For No One" is about the end of "A love that should have lasted years".
* BrilliantButLazy[=/=]HeavySleeper[=/=]LazyBum: How John portrays himself in "I'm Only Sleeping".
-->''Everybody seems to think I'm lazy\\
I don't mind, I think they're crazy''
* BrokenBird: Mentioned in "And Your Bird Can Sing".
-->''When your bird is broken\\
Will it bring you down?''
* BrokenRecord: "Tomorrow Never Knows".
** ''Of the beginning, of the beginning, of the beginning, of the beginning, of the beginning, of the beginning.....''
* CallAndResponseSong: Slightly subverted. The backing vocals in the bridge provide the call and George provides the response in "Taxman".
* CannotSpitItOut: The subject of "I Want to Tell You".
* CharacterTitle: "Taxman", "Eleanor Rigby" and "Doctor Robert".
* CoolShades: All four Beatles wear LennonShades (for the first time) on the back cover photo.
* CreatorCameo: The GrammyAward-winning album cover was designed by Klaus Voormann, a German artist and musician whom the Beatles had befriended in their Hamburg days. If you look closely, you can see Voormann's face and signature in George's hair, just beneath John's lips.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The album cover, designed by Klaus Voormann, who would later also design the cover of ''Music/TheBeatlesAnthology''.
* DownerEnding:
--> ''Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name\\
Nobody came\\
Father [=McKenzie=], wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave\\
No one was saved''
* DrFeelgood: "Doctor Robert", apparently based on a real-life medical drug peddler.
--> ''When you're down he'll pick you up: Dr. Robert''.
* EchoingAcoustics: "Tomorrow Never Knows", as Lennon wanted to sound "like a hundred chanting Tibetan monks".
* FaceOnTheCover: A cartoon portrait of the band, illustrated with smaller images of themselves interspersed throughout the picture.
* TheEndOfTheBeginning: The final line of "Tomorrow Never Knows".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Got You Get Into My Life". Not a song about yearning for a love in your life. But about drugs.
* IntimidatingRevenueService[=/=]VillainSong: "Taxman", inspired by how the British government wanted to take too much out of George's income; at the time, the Beatles were being taxed at a marginal income tax rate of ''95%'' (a fairly common marginal rate for the top tax bracket in European countries at the time, and not the highest--some Nordics applied ''99%'' income tax brackets). This is noted in the lyrics ("One for you/Nineteen for me").
* {{Malaproper}}: The title "Tomorrow Never Knows" came from one of Ringo's weird sentences, just like ''Film/AHardDaysNight''.
* MelismaticVocals: In "Love You To" and pulled off by Paul at the very end of "I Want to Tell You".
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "Taxman" (about the irritation of paying taxes) and "I'm Only Sleeping" (about sleeping).
* NewSoundAlbum:
** Several songs have little or no precedent in The Beatles' previous music. They'd used a sitar on ''Rubber Soul''[='=]s "Norwegian Wood", but "Love You To" was overtly influenced by Indian music and philosophy. "Got to Get You Into My Life", a tribute to Creator/{{Motown}} and {{Soul}} Music in general, marked the group's first use of a horn section. (Music/EarthWindAndFire would later cover the song, bringing things full circle.) Meanwhile, "Tomorrow Never Knows" was the band's first excursion into the avant garde; it anticipates ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'''s "Revolution #9", as well as John's early collaborations with Music/YokoOno.
** It was also the first use of ADT "automatic double tracking" developed by Abbey Road studio engineer Ken Townsend at the behest of John Lennon. Townsend devised a system of creating a double tracking effect without the necessity of recording another vocal by playing back the original vocal slightly out of sync through a tape delay and recording it together with the original.
* NonAppearingTitle: The album title does not appear in any of the lyrics. "Love You To"[[note]]although the lyric "I'll make love to you" comes close[[/note]] and "Tomorrow Never Knows" also don't get a mention in the songs themselves.
* OdeToIntoxication: Did you think "Got to Get You Into My Life" was a love song? It is. A love song about how much Paul [=McCartney=] loved to smoke marijuana.
* OnlySaneMan: "I'm Only Sleeping" (See lyric under BrilliantButLazy above).
* OneManSong: "Taxman".
* OneWordTitle: The album itself and "Taxman".
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In common with all the previous Beatles' albums there's a photo of the band on the cover, but for the first time, they aren't looking at the camera, but at each other. (Specifically, the other three are all looking at Ringo, who's looking past the camera and wearing [[OpaqueLenses sunglasses]].)
* ProtagonistTitle: "Eleanor Rigby" about a poor woman who died alone and forgotten.
* ProtestSong: "Taxman" and "Dr. Robert".
* PunnyName: [[WhatAreRecords This one might take a second to figure out.]]
** Before settling on ''Revolver'', the group went through several other {{Working Title}}s for the album. One (probably facetious) suggestion from Ringo was ''After Geography'', a play on Music/TheRollingStones' ''Music/{{Aftermath}}'' from earlier that year.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Several songs.
** "She Said She Said" is based on a famous incident from 1965. The Beatles [[note]]along with their entourage and at least two members of Music/TheByrds[[/note]] were hanging out with Peter Fonda, and all except Paul were tripping on LSD. When a nervous George said "I feel like I'm dying", Fonda tried to reassure him by saying "I know what it's like to be dead"; he went on to tell the band that he'd almost died from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound as a child, and death was nothing to worry about. John replied, "Who put all that shit in your head? You're making me feel like I've never been born". He based the song on a {{Gender Flip}}ped, {{Bowdlerized}} version of this conversation.
** "Got to Get You into My Life" and "For No One" by Paul are based on his experience of pot and his failing relationship with his then-girlfriend, Jane Asher, respectively.
** "Taxman" by George attacks the progressive tax laws introduced by UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson, which somehow failed to stop George from becoming a multi-millionaire. It bears mentioning that 95% was the ''marginal'' tax rate; that is, all of George's income before he reached the 95% threshold was taxed at a lower value. (The song also mentions Wilson's rival UsefulNotes/EdwardHeath for good measure.)
** "I'm Only Sleeping", based on John's laziness.
** There actually ''is'' a gravestone on St. Peter's Church in Liverpool with the name Eleanor Rigby (1898-1939) on it! Paul has commented that he might have seen the gravestone during his youth and subconsciously remembered it, for he didn't deliberately name the character in the song after her.
* RealSongThemeTune: Both of the Beatles' animated incarnations used a song from this album as theme music. "And Your Bird Can Sing" was the opening for the third season of their [[WesternAnimation/TheBeatles Saturday morning]] BandToon. And then there's ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''...
* RecordProducer: George Martin, as usual.
* RhymingWithItself: In "Got to Get You Into My Life". 'There' is rhymed with 'there', 'you' with 'you' and 'life' with 'life'. From another perspective, it rhymes "find there" with "mind there" and "hold you" with "told you."
* {{Sampling}}: Tape loops used in "Tomorrow Never Knows" include:
** A "laughing" voice, often assumed to be Paul [=McCartney=] and played at double-speed (the "seagull" sound)
** An orchestral chord of B flat major (from a Sibelius symphony)
** A fast electric guitar phrase in C major, reversed and played at double-speed
** Another guitar phrase with heavy tape echo, with a B flat chord provided either by guitar, organ or possibly a Mellotron Mk II
** A sitar-like descending scalar phrase played on an electric guitar, reversed and played at double-speed
* SecondPersonNarration: "For No One" uses it.
* ShoutOut: "Taxman" provides a shout-out to British politicians UsefulNotes/EdwardHeath and UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson.
* StopAndGo: "I'm only sleeping...[Pause]...keeping an eye on the world going by my window..."
* StudioChatter: At the beginning of "Taxman", George slowly counts "one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four" on the right channel against a backdrop of studio background noises, before Paul's much faster "one, two, three, four!" on the left leads into the song itself.
** One can hear someone saying, "Yawn, Paul" before someone, supposedly Paul, yawns in "I'm Only Sleeping".
** John, very quietly, repeats "She feels good" after Paul sings that phrase in "Good Day Sunshine".
* TakeThat: "Taxman" and, possibly, "And Your Bird Can Sing" (see WordSaladLyrics below).
* TaxmanTakesTheWinnings: The message of "Taxman".
* TruckDriversGearChange: Right at the end of "Good Day Sunshine".
* WordSaladLyrics: The enigmatic lyrics of "And Your Bird Can Sing" are very open to interpretation. Jonathan Gould (author of ''Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America'') theorizes that John intended them as a TakeThat to Music/FrankSinatra for Ol' Blue Eyes' criticism of The Beatles and rock music in general.[[note]]Sinatra underwent some evolution on this, covering the Beatles' "Something" and striking up a friendship with Music/DavidBowie in the mid '70s.[[/note]] Musicologist Alan Pollack instead suggested they reflect a kind of mid-life crisis John was undergoing at the time, also hinted at in his infamous Maureen Cleave interview. Another theory is that the song is a TakeThat to [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]] and the "bird"[[note]]"Bird" being English slang for a young woman at the time[[/note]] in the song referred to his then girlfriend, Music/MarianneFaithfull.
* WorldMusic: Music/GeorgeHarrison plays sitar during "Love You To", an instrument he learned to master thanks to Music/RaviShankar. He played it earlier during "Norwegian Wood" on ''Music/RubberSoul'' (1965) and would play it again on "Within, Without You" from ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' (1967).