Coloring Club Plus — 9/2/19

Sept 2

Sept 2a

Revolver is the seventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on August 5, 1966, accompanied by the double A-side single “Eleanor Rigby” / “Yellow Submarine”. The album was the Beatles’ final recording project before their retirement as live performers and marked the group’s most overt use of studio technology to date, building on the advances of their late 1965 release Rubber Soul. It has since become regarded as one of the greatest albums in the history of popular music, with recognition centred on its range of musical styles, diverse sounds, and lyrical content.

There are 14 tracks on the album so it is the UK version I listened to.

The album cover, designed by Klaus Voormann, combined Aubrey Beardsley-inspired line drawing with photo collage and won the 1967 Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts.

According to author Ian Inglis, Revolver is widely viewed as “the album on which Harrison came of age as a songwriter.

The camaraderie among the four Beatles was at its highest throughout this period. A disagreement between McCartney and his bandmates nevertheless resulted in McCartney walking out of the studio during the final session, for Lennon’s “She Said She Said”, on June 21, two days before the band were due to fly to West Germany for the first leg of their world tour. The Beatles spent over 220 hours recording Revolver – a figure that excludes mixing sessions, and compares with less than 80 hours for Rubber Soul. Final mixing of the album took place on 22 June. The Beatles celebrated the project’s completion by attending the opening of Sibylla’s, a nightclub in which Harrison had a financial stake.

Harrison said he wrote “I Want to Tell You” about “the avalanche of thoughts” that he found hard to express in words. Supporting the lyrics, his stammering guitar riff, combined with the dissonance employed in the song’s melody, conveys the difficulties of achieving meaningful communication. The lyrics also talk about the inadequacy of words in conveying genuine emotion. Writing in 1969, author Dave Laing identified “serene desperation” in the song’s “attempt at real total contact in any interpersonal context“. Author Ian Inglis notes that lines such as “My head is filled with things to say” and “The games begin to drag me down” present in modern-day terms the same concepts regarding interpersonal barriers with which philosophers have struggled since the pre-Socratic period.

The prominent backing vocals from Lennon and McCartney include Indian-style gamak ornamentation in McCartney’s high harmony.

I’m including the remastered youtube and also Jeff Lynne’s version from Concert for George after the lyrics.

I want to tell you
My head is filled with things to say
When you’re here
All those words they seem to slip away

When I get near you
The games begin to drag me down
It’s all right
I’ll make you maybe next time around

But if I seem to act unkind
It’s only me, it’s not my mind
That is confusing things
I want to tell you
I feel hung up and I don’t know why
I don’t mind
I could wait forever, I’ve got time

Sometimes I wish I knew you well
Then I could speak my mind and tell you
Maybe you’d understand

I want to tell you
I feel hung up and I don’t know why
I don’t mind
I could wait forever, I’ve got time
I’ve got time
I’ve got time

Songwriter: George Harrison

4 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the piano on this song.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Paul was on the piano. I liked it also, those discordant notes add a lot to the meaning. I also love Paul’s high background vocals on it.

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  2. badfinger20 says:

    I never heard of Sibylla’s…They had a lot of cool clubs back then. Ad Lib, Scotch of St. James and The Speakeasy where many of them hung out. I always liked this George song.

    Seeing Dhani there is like seeing a young George on stage.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Aha so you learned something new about our Fab 4 🙂 Yes, he does resemble his dad.

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