Sunday, June 5, 2011

Revolving In The US And Canada

A new set of Beatles' original music was released by Capitol Records on August 08 1966 in both the USA and Canada. This new LP came less than two months after the released of the aforementioned "Yesterday...And Today". The new LP title was "Revolver".

"Revolver" was released in two formats: mono and stereo with the mono catalogue number being Capitol T-2576 and the stereo catalogue number being Capitol ST-2576.

The front cover is entirely liked it's UK counter part with the exception of the "Capitol" logo featured on the bottom center of the front cover replacing the Parlophone Logo. The front cover of the LP was designed by Klaus Voorman who The Beatles had originally met in Hamburg during their stint in St. Pauli's. The back cover features the same photograph as on the original UK LP (taken by Bob Whitaker who also took the "butcher" photograph) showing the band at EMI Studios during a break from the promotional film for "Paperback Writer/Rain". The difference between the UK and US/Canada copies is the extra credit given over the artist/title with the line "Prepared for release in the U.S.A. by Bill Miller". Of course, I suppose that Bill Miller replaced the (in)famous Dave Dexter Jr. in this matter. What exactly Bill Miller did is a bit of a mystery as the sound of the LP is very similar to that of the UK LP and the song line-up is not changed from the UK LP ( with the exception of the three extracted Lennon songs which is discussed in the next paragraph). On the mono version, the mono information is written bottom center and on the stereo version, the stereo information is also written bottom center. On the UK LP, the tracklisting is physically numbered (e.g. 1,2,3 etc.) whereby the US/Canada versions of the tracklisting only feature the song titles.

The labels for this LP feature the classic Capitol black with rainbow rims. The blue/white information runs along the perimeter of the rainbow rim. In the US, the labels were made at the three factories, Scranton, PA - Los Angeles, Cali. - and Jacksonville, Ill. All Canadian labels were manufactured by Compo.

The content of the LP runs in the same order and same songs as the UK Parlophone LP (mono PMC 7009 and stereo PCS 7009) with the exception of the removal of three Lennon songs which appear previously on the Canada/US copies of "Yesterday...And Today". The three songs are "I'm Only Sleeping", "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Dr. Robert". Unfortunately, this give the LP a lop-sided listening experience of the LP giving Paul six songs, George three and John only two.

The inner sleeves for the US originally inserted within the jackets were the orange "Sounds Great" inner sleeves (the same ones used for "Yesterday...And Today"). Canadian inner sleeves included the red/white Capitol/Pathe sleeves.


  1. Check out some new music from Paul McCartney!

  2. "Blue Sway" was originally recorded in June/July 1979 at McCartney's home studio in Peasmarch, East Sussex and/or the Spirit of Ranachan Studio at his farm in Campbelltown, Scotland. It was meant for the "McCartney II" released in May 1980 but was left off the LP. A great tune. It's nice to see a re-issue with the un used tracks being released June 2011 !!