The Beatles Recall Making of "Revolver" In Reissue Doc

July 15, 2009 10:03 AM ET

We've been so excited about hearing the remastered sound of the Beatles reissued catalog on September 9th that we forgot all about another of the reissue's perks: Each of the 13 proper albums being re-released on 9.9.09 will be accompanied by a mini-documentary featuring the Beatles and producer Sir George Martin talking about how each album was created. On the Beatles' official site, the Fab Four are offering up an excerpt of the mini-doc that accompanies Revolver.

While it appears that the docs won't feature any actual footage from the studio, the Revolver short film artfully dissects and reassembles the LP's iconic collage cover art as the voices of Starr, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison drop in and out give insight into what it was like recording the album. Against a backdrop of archival photos from the period, the band discuss how Rubber Soul and Revolver could have just been "Volume 1 and Volume 2," experimentation in the studio and the stories behind classic tracks like "Tomorrow Never Knows." McCartney also reveals why they called the album Revolver. "We suddenly thought 'What does a record do?' Hey, it revolves, great," Macca says in the mini-doc. "So we called it Revolver."

(Look back at the Beatles' studio albums and Rolling Stone's stories on the LPs.)

As Rock Daily previously reported, a lavish Box of Vision will be sold to house the remastered reissues. September 9th will also feature the release of The Beatles: Rock Band, which Rock Daily got a sneak preview of at this year's E3 conference.

Related Stories:
The Beatles' Remastered Albums Due September 9, 2009
Beatles Artwork Comes to Reissue Storage Set "Box Of Vision"
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Unveil "The Beatles: Rock Band" in L.A.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »