This is money grabbing. Just in time for Christmas…
Let’s start with the new stereo version. For the first time in the history of his remix of The Beatles, Giles Martin came up with a final version that closely resembled the original. I was stunned because I found all the other remixes in this series to be blasphemous, abominable, and I believe they should all be destroyed for fear that they will become the norm in the future. Alas, it’s not a “revolver” question.
The mono CD doesn’t sound as big as Giles’ mix, but it’s completely faithful. I mean some instruments are emphasized more in the stereo mix than the original. Like the cowbell in “The Taxman” I just heard. Then again, does it make any difference how people listen to these recordings if you use earbuds?
And I start this big device simply because it has the only CD player I have. I must say, the sound is impressive. But how many people have the equipment to reproduce this sound? Let’s be clear, it’s something you feel and hear, you’re in the voice, and it’s an experience we’ve been familiar with since the ’70s and generations of today may be completely unaware. With the bass being pumped and the highs clear… Now that we have high-res streaming, does that mean people will be incentivized to buy better playback systems? No, unless listening becomes obsessive, like vinyl records. You know, where are you listening, that’s the only thing you have to do. The music has been relegated to the background, but when “Revolver” was released, it was positive.
I was shocked that the package didn’t include a vinyl disc with the aforementioned fetishes. One thing we do know is that vinyl sounds different, even if it’s not inherently as pristine as the original digital production. But “Revolver” is an analog cut, listened to on vinyl, and tape isn’t even a thing, so maybe this will be the final product.
Wait a minute, there is a vinyl version but they didn’t send it to me because vinyl production is backed up, costs more, and the $199.98 pack is sold out. Once upon a time, music was for everyone, now it’s for the few who probably wouldn’t even listen to it more than once. While “Revolver” was cheap when it was originally released, and we played it indefinitely, records show wear, scratches, fingerprints, and dust. The music remains the same, but the world has completely changed.
But, again, the mix is a change.
If you want the original experience, check out Mono. It’s a bit bland, but it reminds you of something you were obsessed with in the first place. The odd thing that probably no one was involved in this production is that when “Revolver” came out, mono was a thing of the past in America, and we all bought the stereo album. After being told that our heavy tonearms would kill stereo records, mono records cost the same, not a dollar less, and the industry fought back against the wear and tear problem, and soon mono records were gone… …why can’t we get the original stereo mix?
Even in many cases we listen to our original albums on a mono system.
As for the extras in this pack…it’s not a big deal anymore, especially after the documentaries and those multiple CD album packs from three decades ago. antique.
So the rework of Revolver isn’t news, except…
CDs are no longer the norm. Do you remember the original “revolver” CDs in the late 80’s? Well maybe you don’t remember either, but they released the Beatles CDs in four batches, the first album was mono and the later albums were stereo and we were all stunned that they sounded like How good, nothing at the time sounded as good as it did from that era. Is that George Martin? studio? engineer? all. But are there more sounds to extract?
That’s all I’m interested in, a high-res version, I don’t see any hype, all I’ve been reading is Hosanna’s remixes of people who weren’t even alive when the album was originally released.
But I decided to do some research online, and it turned out that on the package’s website there is a link to some tracks on all streaming services, including the high-res standard Qobuz. I clicked and listened.
Now this is a revelation. I can’t say much about high-res music because you can hear the difference! Of course, you’d even need an external DAC to reproduce this sound, like the Dragonfly Cobalt, but the final “Revolver” product was 24-Bit 96kHz rather than CD-quality, 16-Bit 44.1 kHz.
I’m currently listening to the CD quality version on Qobuz. sounds good. But when I shoot in high resolution…
This is a completely different record.
Again, this is a remix of “Taxman” I’m listening to, so it’s not apples to apples.
But let me be clear, the high-res streaming version of “Taxman” is superior to CD, whether it’s CD, remix, or mono.
But you can’t stream mono yet. This will happen on Friday.
So my advice to you is to skip this package and just buy an external DAC and subscribe to Qobuz, at least it’s free.
Of course, you can also hear high-resolution sound on Apple and Amazon. And they’re all pretty good, a definite improvement over the CD quality, but, back and forth… The Qobuz version is still a little better, more bottoms, and…
The Apple version is in Atmos. But unlike almost every other Atmos mix, it sounds similar to the stereo version, and it’s not a matter of lower vocals or…
So do you really care?
The 50th anniversary of the “Revolver” has passed. There is no exact hook.
But even though “Rubber Soul” was considered the best album of the era, some people ended up going with “White Album,” and for some reason, everyone was so impressed with “Sgt. Pepper,” not in my book Necessarily so, the status, reputation, evaluation of the “revolver” will only rise. Although the original US version was missing two English tracks.
I want to tell you how old “Yellow Submarine” and “Eleanor Rigby” were in the summer of ’66, but unless you’re alive at the time, I can’t, you don’t have a frame of reference. We read all these chart stats about some performances with x numbers, beating the Beatles. No one is better than the Beatles! Everyone knows the above two songs, you can’t escape!
As for the rest of the album…
“For a better life
I need my love to be here”
“Here, There and Everywhere” is the new “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” a soft, non-singular standard. Both are played on our guitars and we often sing together.
As for “Got to Get You Into My Life”…it wasn’t released as a single until 1976, and it was just another album track long after the band disbanded.
But that’s the magic of “Revolver,” which, unlike “Rubber Soul,” has both hit singles and album tracks.
It starts with what we only ostensibly understand as “tax collectors” because many of us don’t even pay taxes and none of us live in the UK so rich.
No one ever talks about “I Want to Tell You”, with its indelible riffs, a precursor to what became a standard on FM radio a year later, alongside Cream and other bands, but the key track…
“get your mind off
Relax and go down the river”
1966. Most people have not smoked marijuana. Most people are not that trendy. We heard “tomorrow never know” but it took us years to fully understand it. It was tracks like this that built John Lennon’s reputation. He may not have written as many hits as Paul McCartney, but McCartney couldn’t come up with things like “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
Listening to “Tomorrow Never Knows,” John Lennon is still alive, right on the speakers, revealing the truth like a piper, and it’s all there for you to understand and digest.
So, “Revolver” is a monumental album. Giles Martin hasn’t tarnished its reputation. But a lot of this project is nothing…
Except for the high-resolution version.
Live today: https://thebeatles.lnk.to/Taxman2022Mix