The Beatles Revolver Special Edition is the next new release from the catalog of the Fab Four from Liverpool, the album that appeared in 1966 and presents the formation of The Beatles at a turning point in their career, the transition from mainly live playing musicians to artists who know how to explore the full potential of studio technology and use it in an immensely creative way, under the guidance of an expert in his field, Sir George Martin.
The Beatles Revolver Special Edition joins a string of albums already released in remixed, remastered form to date, namely The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 2017, The Beatles White Album in 2018, and The Beatles Abbey Road in 2019 and The Beatles Let It Be in 2021.
As with all of the aforementioned reissues, The Beatles Revolver Special Edition has been remixed and remastered by Giles Martin, son of Sir George Martin, with Sam Okell as engineer at his side.
It is very important to note that this entire project is not a simple remaster, but in fact a complete remix from the master tapes using the latest studio technology. The task of Giles Martin is therefore not limited to purely solid craftsmanship, but rather he actively and partly also extensively creatively intervened in the mix, whereby he was, according to his own statements, always careful not to change the character of the original recordings, but rather to compensate for some shortcomings and to direct the focus here and there on exactly what John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrisson and Ringo Star in collaboration with their producer Sir George Martin in the 1960s anyway had in mind as a concept.
An essential task this time played a state-of-the-art de-mixing technology based on AI (Artificial Intelligence) developed for Peter Jackson’s WingNut Films Productions Ltd., which allowed individual instruments and voices to be detached from the 4-track mix on analog tapes, thus rebuilding or rearranging the song to achieve a new, particularly clear and coherent sound.
The Beatles Revolver Special Edition includes all 14 tracks from the original album, with them now remixed and remastered in stereo and even Dolby Atmos. The original mono mixes, which are also available on select tracks on the new Special Edition, were taken from the original mono master tapes.
In addition, some versions of the new release also include 28 so-called early takes, recorded at the studio sessions, as well as three so-called home demos, which the musicians made at home in preparation for the recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios.
There will also be an EP with four tracks, which are also new stereo mixes and remasters of the original mono mixes of the songs Paperback Writger and Rain.
Prices and availability
The Beatles Revolver Special Edition will be offered in three formats, The Beatles Revolver Super Deluxe, The Beatles Revolver Deluxe and The Beatles Revolver Standard, on CD, vinyl and download. Depending on the version, the physical media also include extensive accompanying material, first and foremost a book with 100 pages, filled to the brim with explanations and photos. The CDs and records can already be pre-ordered now, physical media as well as downloads will be available from October 28, 2022.
Getting to the point
It was clear that after the already released remixes and remasters from The Beatles catalog, The Beatles Revolver will follow. Once again, Giles Martin has taken on the task and created new stereo as well as surround mixes, which will be offered in various versions as CD, record and download.
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|Price||The Beatles Revolver Special Edition (CD Standard) € 17,99|
The Beatles Revolver Special Edition (LP Standard) € 31,99
The Beatles Revolver Special Edition (5 CD Super Deluxe) € 134,99
The Beatles Revolver Special Edition (Vinyl Super Deluxe) € 199,99
The Beatles Special Edition (1 LP Picture Disc) € 39,99