At last: a time to think, to breathe, to be. At last, choosing your own hours of work. And most of all, 100% dedicated time for your art: making music. At long last, The Beatles were in the studio. All the basics were now totally wired-in to this amazing band. They’d done ‘discipline’: of the road, of travelling, of live shows, of working together, of interviews, of creating an album in a day; now was the time to let it rip, break some rules and show the world how it was really done. Anything the Beatles touched, they transformed and ‘raised the bar’ to a place which had formerly seemed simply not possible. They had already done it for the humble pop-song: lyrics and sound; for live shows: Beatlemania; they were about to do it for a whole new concept: the studio album. They were about to produce stuff which could never be played live. They were about to produce their finest album: Revolver.
The lads were living in a world where technology was hardly an everyday word; it both hampered and stretched them: stage shows had been hampered –to say the least- by pathetic amplifiers. But it did make them inventive in the studio and on the consumer side it mean no one could screw with their concepts. There would be no ‘down-loads’ of the popular songs on this album and people ignoring the ‘difficult’ ones. There would be no-one creating their own play lists and shuffling in another band.
The Beatles pushed every boundary possible: their working hours, their getting involved and actually talking to the engineers. Of the variety of sounds and sheer richness of their versatility on one disc. And the band’s dynamics were changing again: this was going to be Paul’s album; McCartney was on a roll with his creativity.
That's another reason we love The Beatles.
24: Simply Different