The Beatles - Revolver (Super Deluxe Edition) (...
The remixed and expanded edition of Revolver was released on 28 October 2022. The editions include a five-CD or four-LP/one 7-inch-EP super deluxe set, containing the half-speed remastered original album in both stereo and mono, demos and sessions, the EP, and a 100-page book; a deluxe edition, featuring an abridged 40-page book, the new stereo mix, session highlights, and stereo mixes of the singles; and standard digital, CD, and vinyl releases. Following the announcement of these editions in September, a preview of the 2022 mix of "Taxman" was released on Spotify and iTunes.
The Beatles - Revolver (Super Deluxe Edition) (...
The Revolver super deluxe edition CD boxed set comes out next week on October 28th and is available for pre-order if you like listening on that format. It will also be streaming on most popular platforms. You can click on the album title anywhere in the review to jump to Amazon but no doubt this set will be available wherever great music is sold these days.
Where to BEGIN with this?! I love all the Beatles albums, but the fidelity of "Revolver" always fell short, for me. Especially cuts like "She Said, She Said." This was the first LP after the group switched engineers, from Norman Smith to Geoff Emerick, while at the same time increasing their use of bouncing tracks. So those two factors, combined, seemed to be the reason that this disk just had a bit of a gritty veil over it compared to "Pepper" (which was recorded under very similar conditions, but sounds phenomenal). The remix of "Taxman" tells me that the veil is lifting! The stereo picture is also more cohesive, with less ping-pong. That's what Giles seems to have done with the soundstage on all of his remixes (except Let It Be, which was already fairly cohesive).As for bouncing tracks, I always thought that the original, unbounced 4-track tapes were in the EMI archive. So it was just a matter of transferring everything into the digital domain and then syncing, as Mark Linett has done for so many Beach Boys projects since the 90s. So I'm not sure what the de-mixing technology did that old-fashioned elbow grease couldn't. When I first read about "de-mixing," I thought it would be more useful on the earlier material that was recorded on two tracks (i.e. everything before "I Want to Hold Your Hand") and really needed the elements to be re-separated. Anyhow, from what I've seen and heard, this is going to be excellent! The EP doesn't seem completely necessary, but it's nice to have... and the track list is packed for the two "Sessions" disks; no extra space there!Bonus points for including the mono mix. The 2014 reissue has been going for $150! Hopefully future deluxe editions will include the mono versions as well. Or they could just re-press the whole mono box; maybe that's something to ask Giles! Or at least if the version in this box is pressed from the same metal parts as the 2014 issue.
On Friday, to the delight of fans, the long-awaited expanded reissue of Revolver has been finally released in a variety of different formats. Of particular note is the 63-track, 5-CD super deluxe edition featuring new stereo and Dolby Atmos mixes of the album by Giles Martin and Sam Okell sourced from original four-track masters; previously unreleased alternate takes and demos from the recording sessions; the original mono mix of the album; and the Revolver EP featuring the non-album single 'Paperback Writer" and its accompanying B-side "Rain".
"Our stimulated imaginations were coming up with new styles in the same way that the whole generation was changing, experimenting and blossoming into something new," McCartney recently wrote in the foreword for the super deluxe edition's liner notes. "With this album we came up with not only a batch of innovative songs but songs that would stand the test of time."
Just like their work on the previous expanded album editions from the last five years, producer Giles Martin (the son of late Beatles producer George Martin) and engineer Sam Okell treated the new stereo mix of Revolver with meticulous attention. The result is a sound with a lot of pop, punch and clarity, especially on the more uptempo songs like "Taxman," "I Want to Tell You," "Got to Get You Into My Life," and Tomorrow Never Knows"; it's as though the listener is right there with the band in the recording studio. For old-fashioned purists, the original mono mix,the most common version of the album that most people heard in 1966 before stereo became the norm, is also included in the super deluxe set.
As far as the packaging itself, the super deluxe edition comes with a sumptuous 100-page hardback book with detailed liner notes behind the making of the album, track-by-track commentary, an introduction by Giles Martin, and an essay by the Roots' Questlove, who wrote: "It's the record that shows the most diversity and virtuosity. If Sgt Pepper's is a concept album, this is a concept album about not having a concept, a door-to-door illustration of a band in the middle of rapid change...I feel like anyone who namechecks this record gets it."
In recent years The Beatles have been piercing plenty of their own veils. First with a series of remastered reissues of their catalog, then a handful of deluxe editions that featured new mixes of their classic albums, and especially with Get Back, their exhaustive multi-episodic documentary look at the making of Let It Be and their final live performance. Never before has the work of the Liverpool four been so re-examined. 041b061a72