The Beatles Revolver on 180g Mono LP
Audiophiles Get Their Wish: Revolver Cut from the Original 1/4-Inch Analog Master Tapes and Pressed at Optimal on a Dead-Quiet LP
NO DIGITAL USED IN MASTERING CHAIN: Working at Abbey Road, Engineers
Magee and Berkowitz Used Same Techniques Employed in 1960s for
This Extraordinary Mono Pressing is the Definitive Analog Version of This Legendary Album
Beatles remastering engineers saved the best for last. Cut from the original 1/4-inch analog master tapes and pressed at Optimal in Germany on a dead-quiet 180g LP, the Beatles' Revolver is made by and for audiophiles. More collectable than its
stereo and digital processors, and featuring utterly
transparent-to-the-source sound, it is completely different than its
stereo analog counterpart by way of the all-analog cutting process and
audiophile-focused manufacturing. Purists rejoice: NO DIGITAL is involved in any part of the chain. This pressing presents the band as it was meant to be heard, in spectacular mono sound.
Mastered from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by
Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee and Grammy-winning mastering
supervisor Steve Berkowitz, Revolver exemplifies sonic transparency and analog purity. While the recent stereo LP and CDs were created from digital remasters, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records for the Revolver mono LP employing the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by
the original albums and detailed transfer notes made by the original
Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of the Beatles’ albums were initially cut,
the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously
comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made
in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back
the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
When the dust settles amidst critical debates, fewer than ten albums compete for the title of the Best Album Ever Recorded. Revolver is one of the chosen few—and for good reason. Seemingly reflecting the music of the Beatles' biggest peers of the time but surpassing it all by leaps and bounds, Revolver overturned conceptions of what music was and could be. Without any doubt, Revolver altered how every band from then on made records. And as this pressing proves, it still does.
Recorded before the Beatles’ personalities began to clash and in advance of the fog brought on by drug use, Revolver encompasses
practically every imaginable style and then some. Gentle harmonic pop
(“I Want to Tell You”), stained-glass acid rock (“She Said She Said”),
upbeat soul (“Got to Get You Into My Life”), Indian (“Love You To”), and
what, at the time, and in some ways still is, the most cutting-edge pop
composition ever devised (“Tomorrow Never Knows”), a song that single-handedly reimagined and rewrote the rules of production.
Best yet, the Beatles sound cohesive, enthusiastic, and
confident. There are no fractures in the chemistry, and the band
amicably competes with itself in aiming for and achieving rock
immortality. With George Emerick in the fold as the new engineer, the Beatles approached the studio as a chemistry lab.
The biggest revelation? The potential of tape loops, as evidenced by
“Tomorrow Never Knows,” where phasing, reversing, slowing, and sampling
turned the composition into a piece of masterpiece theater. Ringo’s bass drum is also noticeably tighter, thanks to the addition of a sweater placed inside. All of the aspects are fully audible and amazingly preserved on this definitive LP pressing.
The Beatles Revolver Track Listing:
2. Eleanor Rigby
3. I'm Only Sleeping
4. Love You To
5. Here, There And Everywhere
6. Yellow Submarine
7. She Said She Said
8. Good Day Sunshine
9. And Your Bird Can Sing
10. For No One
11. Doctor Robert
12. I Want To Tell You
13. Got To Get You Into My Life
14. Tomorrow Never Knows