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    RockChat Rewind with Joe Milliken
    On this day in 1966, the Beatles released their seventh studio album on the Capitol Records label titled “Revolver.” Recorded at EMI Studios in London and produced by George Martin, “Revolver” was the last studio album the band recorded before retiring from live performances. It also marked the group’s increasing use of studio technology, as they were no longer concerned about reproducing songs in a live setting.
    The album introduced a wide range of music styles, diverse sounds, unique recording techniques and lyrical content, with the songs reflecting the influence of psychedelic drugs and lyrics that addressed love, death, mind-expansion, religious philosophies and the elimination of ego and materialist concerns.
    The album was #1 on the Billboard album chart for six weeks and #1 in the UK for seven, and reached #1 in over a dozen countries worldwide. The single “Elinor Rigby” (“Yellow Submarine” was the B-side) hit #1 on the UK singles chart and #11 in America. Other favorites include “Taxman,” “Good Day Sunshine,” “Doctor Robert” and “Got To Get You Into My Life.”
    “Revolver” is considered to be revolutionary in pop music, influencing and expounding the principles of psychedelic and progressive rock, and world music. It is considered by many critics to be the Beatles finest and most influential album, surpassing “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” after the 1987 CD release standardized the album’s content to the original UK version. The album cover won a Grammy for “best album cover,” and Revolver has sold over six million copies worldwide.