It was 55 years ago Sunday (August 8th, 1966), that the Beatles released their groundbreaking seventh album Revolver. What sets the album apart from its predecessors is that aside from a brief nine date UK tour the previous winter, and no new movie to be shot for 1966, the group had an unprecedented five months off to recharge their creative batteries, and for the first time the group was able to spend open-ended hours working on new sounds by experimenting with new instruments and state of the art technology. With a lighter schedule, the Beatles were able to take a full 11 weeks to record what has become one of rock's most important milestones.
The album's sessions, which also included a separate single, “Paperback Writer” and “Rain,” were the first with newly promoted chief engineer Geoff Emerick working side-by-side with producer George Martin.
The album featured touches of ragtime on Paul McCartney's “Good Day Sunshine”; Indian ragas on George Harrison's “Love You To”; hard rock on Harrison's “Taxman”; a children's song sung by Ringo Starr on “Yellow Submarine”; and John Lennon's proto-psychedelic anthems such as “She Said She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” which broke new ground with dramatic use of backwards music and tape looped sound effects.