The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Box Set Confirmed
Beatles insiders got the confirmation that a Revolver box set is indeed coming — with a September 13th “save the date” notice from the powers that be indicating more info was on its way. Giles Martin, the son of the Beatles’ legendary producer George Martin, is once again spearheading the new box set, which his rumored to drop in late-October. The package follows such critically acclaimed expanded and remixed versions of 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1968’s The Beatles (aka the “White Album”), 1969’s Abbey Road, and 1970’s Let It Be.
Back in 2021 Giles talked about remixing Revolver, telling Variety, “If you take something like ‘Taxman’ (it’s) guitar, bass and drums on one track, and vocals and a sort of shaking and guitar solo (on the right). And it sounds good; they’re amazing recordings, and amazing mixes. Y’know, we have to look into what technology we can do to make things de-mixed and all this kind of stuff, which I’m looking into. So I’m looking for the technology to do it with, to do something really innovative with Rubber Soul and Revolver, as opposed to just a remastering job, because it’s been remastered already. So I think we will. I think we also will look at outtakes as well.”
He admitted that working on the “Fab Four’s” pre-1967 material would prove difficult, explaining, “We have to look into what technology we can do to make things de-mixed and all this kind of stuff, which I’m looking into. So I’m looking for the technology to do it with. I think we’re getting there with technology. I think we are.”
In the audio book edition of his recent Paul McCartney: The Lyrics – 1956 To The Present book, McCartney shed light on the Revolver standout track, “Got To Get You Into My Life”: “‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ is off Revolver. We were having fun trying out different instruments in the arrangements — and here we have the brass section. I’d been listening to a lot of American R&B and soul, and there were horn sections on those records: Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave — people like that. That was enough impetus for me to think, ‘I’ll have a go at that.’ That’s often how things happen with me. I’ll hear something on the radio and think, ‘Wow — I’m gonna do my version of that.’ So, we got some horn players — trumpets and saxophones, I think, into Abbey Road Studio Two, and they got it immediately.”