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Re: The U.S. version of Revolver

Posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Mar 30, 2014 at 10:09:26 AM:
In Reply to: Re: The U.S. version of Revolver posted by **JSL** on Mar 29, 2014 at 6:45:08 PM:

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***** I was recently listening to the U.S. version of Revolver and thought to myself that listeners at the time must've thought that John nearly disappeared from the group. I mean even on most of the Capitol albums before hand John was pretty dominant but at the time the U.S. fans had no knowledge of what Capitol was doing in that three of the Lennon tracks meant for Revolver were put on Yesterday and Today.
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***** But it's really hard to screw the Beatles up. Even though they were not the band's true vision most of the Capitol albums are actually still quite good. I recently picked up the U.S. albums set and the only album that I'm not super crazy about is the Help Soundtrack. First generation U.S. fans aren't happy with the set though because for the most part the Dexterised mixes from the initial Capitol releases are gone. Occasionally an alternate take would be sent over to the U.S. most likely in error. So I believe they still kept tracks like that on the new Capitol reissues. One of the most notable ones is the stereo version of "I'm Looking Through You" which has two false starts.
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****i grew up with 2 false starts - at least that's what my mum told me (rim shot) - seriously folks....i remember hearing 'I'm looking through you' later without the false starts and being thrown off, they were part of the song to me. Also i remember thinking the same thing when Revolver came out that Lennon was missing in action - it was weird.
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****i've now grown to like the 'British' or originals better as that is the way the Beatles wanted it to sound not the corporation. still i'll take those false starts any day - i think that comes from the place where i love anthology or the conception of songs, the ruff demos that were the genesis of the work - absolutely inthralls and intrigues me
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*** Being that I didn't become a hardcore Beatles fan until the 90s I was first introduced to them with the UK albums. But having said that I still find it interesting hearing the albums that U.S. fans heard back in the 60s at least until Sgt. Pepper when the albums then became the same everywhere.*
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**in many respects the original albums to my ears (cause that's how I heard them being a 1st generation fan) come off a bit better - yes Help sucked because the whole second side was the film soundtrack - but for the most parts I liked the line up better
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**this is particularly true of Rubber Soul - the songs on the US version were more cohesive then the UK release - they "grouped together" better & complimented each other - some of the songs on the UK release don't sound like they should be on that album but on an earlier album
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* I know some Beatle fans actually like the U.S. version of Rubber Soul more. I'm not so sure I would go as far as saying I prefer it more but the U.S. version is still a very good album. The studio heads at Capitol probably without even realizing it turned Rubber Soul into more of a folk rock album.

I am very thankful that Apple/Universal saw fit to release this new box set. I am personally NOT going to buy it - it just doesn't seem as compelling to me as the more distant Capitol box sets (1 and 2) that used the original mixes from Capitol Records that were used on the LPs of the 60's, the ones that I grew up with listening to. I am considering picking some of the loose ends from those sets that were omitted, namely the Hard Days Night soundtrack from Universal Records, and Today & Yesterday. The U.S. Revolver was a rip off then, so I see no reason why to pick it up, and Hey Jude is nothing more than a different line up from the Past Masters (mostly from disc 2). Plus there are no mono tracks.

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