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66 from '66 – A-B

The 66 records that built rock as we know it – all from 1966. Starting with The Beatles...

Our 66 from '66, A-B.

The Beatles

Paperback Writer 

Parlophone single, June 10, 1966


Parlophone, August 5, 1966

In 1965, The Beatles took their instruments into the studio and recorded songs the same way they’d play them
on stage.

But in 1966 the studio became the instrument. And the other instruments became anything but themselves, and subject to the Fab Four’s fanciful, lysergically enhanced imaginations. It was the difference between cinema-verité and Cinerama, and it was the Big Bang for rock record making.

Rain, the B-side of the single that dispatched their Mop-Top past, was a thrilling introduction to this sonic adventure. The rhythm track was recorded at a faster tempo, then slowed down, which altered the character and textures of the instruments. The electric guitars pulsated with a sawtoothed buzz. McCartney’s bass, boosted by using a loudspeaker as a microphone, bounded out of the mix (the Paperback Writer/Rain single heralded Macca as rock’s tastiest bassman). And John Lennon’s voice, sped up, double-tracked and flipped, resounded like a psychedelic siren. All of this brilliance flowed right into Revolver. Melody Maker said: “The Beatles have definitely broken the bounds of what we used to call pop.” And engineer Geoff Emerick declared: “From the day Revolver came out, it changed the way everyone else made records.”


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