By Darren S Michaels
The Beatles - Revolver
Before you say "What about Sergeant Pepper?" let me explain. "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was a landmark album and changed music forever but is it a good album? Does it contain the most listenable tracks? The answer is no. The best place to start with The Beatles is Revolver.
Released in 1966 it was a landmark in music recording, is viewed as one of the first psychedelic albums and set The Beatles, apart, artistically, from all of their peers. Rumours are that when Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys heard The Beatles previous album "Rubber Soul" he vowed to better it with his own album "Pet Sounds". When he heard "Revolver" this sent him into a spiral of depression for twenty years.
From the opening riff of "Taxman" (which is about the UK's 95% tax rate at the time for the super-rich) to the closing backwards sounds of "Tomorrow Never Knows" there is not a single weak track - even the compulsory George Harrison sitar track (Love You To) and the Ringo Starr party song (Yellow Submarine) are good.
This album also demonstrates what set their songs apart from the usual "I love her" songs of the time which was the story-telling aspect - it depicts a world of lonely women, over prescribing doctors, dying relationships and greedy politicians, all partying on a yellow submarine.
And for any hippies who say "What about The White Album" let me remind you of one of my mottos - NO SPRAWLING DOUBLE ALBUMS. What Album Should I Try Next? - Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
What Album Should I Avoid? - This is THE BEATLES we are talking about - there isn't anything.
Darren Michaels has been IT for over 20 years and has worked for many of the UK largest companies. His principal skills are as an IBM mainframe cobol programmer but outsourcing has forced him to rethink his career. http://www.darjan.co.uk. At present, he is working as a web site designer as a franchisee for Activ Web Design http://www.activwebdesign.com/MK45 covering the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire area in the UK, specialising in fixed price websites for small businesses. He is also a keen writer and is currently writing articles based on his professional knowledge and his personal passions - soccer, poker and music.
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