Up next – Revolver?
U.S. Beatles fan magazine “Beatlefan” are writing on their Facebook page that they are hearing rumours from several sources that the next album out in the Giles Martin remixes is to be “Revolver” from 1966. Like the previous remixed Beatles albums, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (2017), “White album” (2018), “Abbey Road” (2019) and “Let It Be” (2021) there will likely also be a multi-disc DeLuxe edition with bonus material.
The “Revolver” album was a milestone for The Beatles in its time, and showed a band that had matured considerably since their previous album, “Rubber Soul”. Fans found it so difficult to follow the Beatles on this album that many fell off the Beatles train and stuck to the more innocent pop that was now represented by younger bands. In retrospect, however, it is “Revolver” that has scored the highest among Beatles albums in record reviewers’ polls.
Beatlefan also operates with tentative release dates for the new editions of “Revolver”: October 26 or 28.
As not much material from the Revolver sessions have leaked and appeared on bootlegs to date, it’s hard to speculate what the bonus material will consist of. One rarity which was never re-released was the RM 11 mono mix of “Tomorrow Never Knows” which appeared on the initial mono pressings of the British album. Upon discovering that the mono master tape included the wrong mix of the song, from the second run this was corrected. As evidenced by “Anthology”, they probably have more outtakes up their sleeve, remember the laughing version of “And Your Bird Can Sing”?
In a Q&A with Rolling Stone magazine a year ago, Giles was asked about remixing “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver”, and he indicated that the technology of separating instruments and voices from the tracks that feature these interlocked, isn’t there yet.
“The software is getting a lot better. I’m constantly looking at how we would approach it if I ever get to [remix] Revolver or Rubber Soul, early albums, which a lot of people want me to do. That’s a good example of, “How do we do that?” How do I make sure that John or Paul’s vocal isn’t just in the right-hand speaker, but also make sure that his guitar doesn’t follow him if I put it in the center? On “Taxman,” the guitar, the bass, and drums are all on one track! That’s why the record is basically on the left-hand side, and then there’s a shaker on the right-hand side of the center.”
RS: So you want to wait for the source-separation software to continue to improve.
“That’s right. Despite the constant requests I get on Twitter or whatever to do these albums, I want to make sure that we can do a good job, and do a beneficial job. You’ve got to make sure that you’re doing things at the right time for the technology”.
Nevertheless, as early as 1999, several tracks from “Revolver” (“Yellow Submarine”, “Eleanor Rigby” and “Love You To”) were remixed in stereo and 5.1. surround sound for the restored “Yellow Submarine” film and corresponding album, “Yellow Submarine Songtrack”. Reportedly, George Harrison himself was involved in these remixing sessions at Abbey Road studios. Check it out!
Beatlefan also mentions that they are hearing that the 1972-album “Some Time In New York City” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono will be out in an “Ultimate mix” for John’s “heavenly” birthday, October 9.