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Previous boxsets from Universal or Capitol used Rainbo pressing and suffered through poor pressings- particularly the solo John Lennon titles. After hearing it, I could never listen to the original mix again, even if Paul’s lead vocals seemed off by a millisecond from the original – not much, just barely enough to notice. Even “Tomorrow Never Knows,” Martin says, is very efficient compared to the average modern pop production.

Kite” was new, but the cosmic majesty of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” had been presaged by “Tomorrow Never Knows”, the orchestrated “She’s Leaving Home” is actually considerably less impressive than “Eleanor Rigby”, and the Indian-flavored “Within You Without You” isn’t really much more Indian-flavored than “Love You To”. I could go on all day about what a milestone in musical history Revolver was, but it must be conceded that as mighty as it was, Revolver did have one major flaw – an absolutely atrocious stereo mix. The use of E7♭9 vocal harmony always sounded wonky to me so I don’t think it’s actually sung out of tune. I also wonder if the software had problems separating the guitars on “She Said She Said”, which may account for why they seem to be on top of each other in the 2022 mix.

Revolver's sweeping new Special Edition follows the universally acclaimed remixed and expanded Special Editions of Sgt. Author referenced availability of the box for less than SRP; which vendors are advertising this box for less than SRP ?

But this new mix is on a whole other level – the strings have a sharpness, a power, a definition unparalleled by any previous mix. From “Taxman” to “Tomorrow Never Knows,” The Beatles’ Revolver has been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and Sam Okell, and sourced directly from the original four-track master tapes with audio brought forth in stunning clarity with the help of cutting-edge technology developed by the award-winning sound team at Peter Jackson’s WingNut Films Productions Ltd. I will get into the good stuff right from the jump, since I know a lot of you want to know how I (and we here at AP in general!The guitars on “And Your Bird Can Sing” shred the air between speaker and listener now, charging along like rampaging elephants – marvelous. After the December 1965 release of their groundbreaking album, Rubber Soul, and after wrapping up that year's tour dates, a late decision to cancel shooting plans for a third Beatles film, A Talent For Loving, would have a significant effect on the creation of Revolver. Well, She Said She Said is the exception, I think it’s less punchy and the reduced guitars expose some recording issues and leave the song sounding a little thin. And Your Bird Can Sing" is just a jaw-dropper, and the opening track “Taxman” launches the album into the stratosphere from the get-go.

In contrast, the new stereo mix strives to deliver a bit more of that balanced feel, akin to the original mono mix. There are exceptions – the horn section on “Got to Get You Into My Life”, the strings on “Eleanor Rigby”. Revolver was the sound of the Beatles fully embracing the recording studio as a sonic canvas, free to pursue musical ideas and possibilities that would reshape rock forever. Beatles fans will never agree on what is the band’s finest album, but “Revolver” began to replace “Sgt.I’ve always thought the electric rhythm guitar in the song was a little too gruff, a little too gritty, a little too sandpapery for such a gentle, stately song. On Metacritic, Revolver: Special Edition holds an aggregate score of 100 out of 100, based on nine reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".

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