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All in all, some pretty brilliant musicianship was stripped of much of its nuance and detail, buried in a dog pile of instruments mixed onto one track. Well, She Said She Said is the exception, I think it’s less punchy and the reduced guitars expose some recording issues and leave the song sounding a little thin. Much of Revolver’s music and lyrics reflect the band’s experiments with mind-expanding drugs – She Said She Said was inspired by a pre-fame Peter Fonda interrupting a Lennon acid trip. That’s part of the magic of Revolver, isn’t it, the effortless jump between disparate emotions from song to song? To be honest I never knew it was a yawn, just thought it was a back round noise the Beatles left in the mix which they often did.
Most hardcore Beatles fans like us would have loved another album or two of outtakes and rehearsals, of course. I could go through every core Revolver track to give you a full stereo play-by-play, but I would hate to preclude your own individual joy of discovery when you get to listen to the new stereo mix yourself. Along with the restoration of the original album artwork by Voormann, the record sleeve that holds the session outtakes features Robert Freeman's proposed cover design, featuring the heads of the Beatles in a psychedelic circle. It can be a little hard to see Revolver for the revolution it was with Abbey Road and Dark Side of the Moon and countless other albums recorded after it crowding the picture. I haven’t listened closely in the context of these new mixes but I’m sure it’s at least somewhat audible.The two discs of Sessions outtakes feature reproductions of what I assume is a genuine test pressing label. The studio itself became an instrument as George Martin and his engineers, Ken Townsend and 20-year-old newcomer Geoff Emerick, innovated with double-tracking, microphone placement and sound effects.
I admit this is a total Beatlefan geek-out dream kind of thing because I think it is so bleepin’ cool! Fun to imagine if they were included on the original Revolver release: what a barnstormer THAT would have been!The ‘Get Back’ period was like all of your Christmas presents have been opened,” Martin says in a suave English accent uncannily reminiscent of his late father’s. The Beatles’ career has been so exhaustively documented, chronicled and bootlegged, it can feel as if there aren’t many surprises left to uncover. All the new Revolver releases feature the album’s new stereo mix, sourced directly from the original four-track master tapes. In late August 2022, Martin confirmed via Twitter that Revolver would receive a remix,  with a further tweet hinting at an additional surround sound mix.
Giles Martin (George Martin's son) is fully aware of all aspects of the performance and history of the recording. 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. I’ve never been a huge fan of “I’m Only Sleeping” – its kind of soporific, and I suppose that’s the point, but the “Keeping an eye on the world going by my window” hook is really the only thing it has going for it. One significant mistake (as others have touched on) is the incorrect speed for the "actual speed" version of "Rain.Here, There And Everywhere” sounds incredibly gorgeous, and the minuet-esque “For No One” feels richer than any version I’ve ever heard. Particularly, on most tracks, Ringo’s drums are relegated to one speaker with guitars and effects similarly hard-panned to one channel or the other.