‘Revolver’ will be the next Beatles album to receive luxury treatment, Remix


The suspense over which Beatles album might be next to get a remix and bonus-packed box set is over: it’s officially “Revolver.”

Apple Corps and Universal Music have confirmed that a deluxe celebration of the 1966 release – which, like the Beatle boxes that came before it, will include a Giles Martin remix – is in the works for this fall.

An official announcement of the project isn’t expected until some time in September, when details on the luxury package’s contents and a release date will be forthcoming.

“Revolver” had been widely speculated among fans as the next in the series. Previously, box sets and remixes of the series began with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and continued chronologically with 1968’s White Album, 1969’s “Abbey Road” and, last year, “Let It Be” by 1970. Having reached the end of the Beatles’ road as a group with this latest release, it only made sense that the series could return to “Revolver”, the album before “Sgt. Pepper”, and perhaps go back in time from there – although the keepers of the Beatles catalog still refrain from confirming plans for the coming years in advance.

But, beyond any reverse chronological planning that might be in order, it almost goes without saying that most fans were hoping “Revolver” would be next. Many consider it the best work of the Beatles. Additionally, the releases haven’t been widely counterfeited to the extent that they have been with later projects like “Let It Be”, leaving huge curiosity as to what may be among the bonus features.

Some Beatlemaniacs, however, had been skeptical of Apple’s ability to produce remixes of the pre-‘Sgt. Pepper” which correspond to what Martin had already done with the latter part of the group’s catalogue, due to the fact that the albums until 1966 were recorded with two tracks which combined several instruments or vocals on a single track – with sometimes bizarre to- the results of the modern ear — making the separation of these elements a technical challenge.

When Variety spoke with Martin in the fall of 2021 about the prospects of doing remixes for the pre-1967 albums, he sounded like he thought the time was close to tackling them, although he said that he wasn’t working on any of them yet.

“I think we have to do it,” Martin said at the time. “If you take something like ‘Taxman’ from ‘Revolver’ [a track often cited for its bizarre stereo separation], ‘Taxman’ is guitar, bass and drums on one track, and vocals and a kind of tremor and guitar solo (right). And that sounds good; these are amazing recordings and amazing mixes. You know, we have to look at what technology we can do to make things demixed and all that kind of stuff, which I’m looking into. So I’m looking for the technology to do that, to do something really innovative with “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver,” as opposed to just remastering work, because it’s already been remastered. So I think we will. I think we will also look at outputs. »

He then added: “I think we are getting there with technology. I think we are. I don’t at the moment, however, I can tell you the same. But I hope. So, yes – watch this space.

For those who have indeed watched this space over the past year: your patience has been and will soon be even more rewarded.


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