- 08 Sep 22
Complete with unreleased studio takes and recordings, the newly mixed edition of the British rock group’s paramount 1966 LP is set for release in October.
The super deluxe Revolver reissue has an official release date, arriving October 28 via Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe. The expanded edition of the original 14-track album is remixed by producer Giles Martin and sound engineer Sam Okell, with newly mixed opening track ‘Taxman’ out now.
A trailer for the release premiered on YouTube yesterday. The deluxe edition will be available in physical and digital deluxe formats, both including 28 early takes from the recording sessions, three home demos, a 100-page book, a 4-track newly mixed EP and remastered original mixes of several songs including ‘Paperback Writer.’
As the seventh studio album by the legendary British rock band, Revolver was the Beatles’ final recording project before their retirement as a live act.
Released on August 5, 1966, the album introduced the band into a new zone of experimentation, including taping loops, psychedelic backwards recordings, eclectic backing tracks and even a classical string quartet. Since its release, Revolver has been certified 5× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and is often regarded as the Beatles’ best album.
The tracks are often regarded as a reflection of London’s cultural status at the time as well as the band’s international omnipresence: England’s capital was at the centre of the ‘60s, LSD was everywhere, and the biggest band in the world had no intentions of playing Revolver in concert – ever.
Boundless imagination flooded the record. You can hear it, even now, in the nooks and crevices of each track. Studio techniques introduced by Revolver – such as varispeeding and automatic double tracking (ADT) – were quickly taken up by the recording industry, influencing the sound of music for decades to come.
Still the Beatles are far from in the rearview. Just this weekend, The Beatles: Get Back series by Peter Jackson took home an Emmy for Outstanding Documentary of Nonfiction Series, as well as four other awards, at this year’s highly-regarded television award show. As co-producers of the show, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are both nearly Tony legacies, just one away each from reaching EGOT.
News of the reissue follows other Beatles’ reissues throughout past years, starting with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for its 2017 50th anniversary, The White Album reissue in 2018 and Abbey Road the following year. Just last year, the band reissued their 1970 LP, Let It Be.
In total, the Revolver reissue will offer six physical formats. Across all versions, the stereo mix by Martin and Okell utilises Peter Jackson’s WingNut Films’ “de-mixing” technology, a cutting edge function which makes it possible to separate music which has been blended into one track. The original mono mix from the album is sourced from the authentic 1966 mono master tapes.
The physical formats include The 5CD edition, The 4LP vinyl super deluxe, a 2CD edition, a single vinyl LP, a single CD and a vinyl picture disc.
Revolver (Super Deluxe) is available for pre-order now through Rough Trade, with prices ranging depending on format. Check out ‘Taxman’ (2022 Mix) below.