LOTD: Revolver at Fifty

Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial on Fridays, 7-11 pm. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Daddy

Early cover design.
Early cover design.

Fifty years ago this month, The Beatles released one of the greatest albums in pop music history. It was a game changer — and totally unexpected. Revolver fell into the laps of millions of fans that were used to hearing “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Ticket to Ride” and “We Can Work It Out.” Until that time, nothing The Beatles or anyone else had made sounded like it and nothing could prepare their audience for its arrival.

I recently devoted almost four hours of Left of the Dial to the landmark record, including isolated tracks, cover versions, and all sorts of ephemera related to the making of the album (wait until you hear about the origins of “Got To Get You Into My Life”). The playlist is below to help you skip around, and below that are the files for streaming, divided into four hour-long parts.

Got to Get You Into My Life – Earth, Wind & Fire
Eleanor Rigby – Four Tops
Taxman – Soulive
Taxman – The Beatles
Start! – The JamAt Chiswick
The Zoo – FEWS
She Said, She Said – Mark Mulcahy
Good Day Sunshine – Roy Redmond
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
And Your Bird Can Sing – Rogue Valley
Where There’s No One – She-Devils
Slippin’ – Feels
Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles
Bottle Rocket – Working for a Nuclear Free City
The New Pollution – Beck
Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
Love You To – Cornershop
She Said, She Said – Don Randi Trio
Got to Get You Into My Life – The Beatles
Paperback Writer – R.B. Greaves
First World Problem – Unknown Mortal OrchestraBeatles '66
And Your Bird Can Sing – The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows – Brownout feat. Alex Marrero
Vincent – Car Seat Headrest
Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles
Doctor Robert – Luke Temple
The Cause – Laura Gibson
I’m Only Sleeping (Take 1) – The Beatles
I’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles
Shiny Cage – The Dukes Of Stratosphear
Family Tree – Ben Kweller
Paperback Writer – The Beatles
Rain – The Beatles
She Said, She Said – The Black Keys
Eleanor Rigby – The Handsome Family
Taxman, Mr. Thief – Cheap Trick
Follow Me Home – The Mystery Lights
Taxman – Don Randi Trio
Love You To – The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows – Junior ParkerPaperback-Writer-Rain-shoot-the-beatles-9207368-500-358
Here, There and Everywhere – The Beatles
Close to No One – CCC
Good Day Sunshine – Lampshade
Paisley Park – Prince
For No One – The Beatles
Here, There and Everywhere – Roberta Flack
Doctor Robert – The Beatles
T.N.K. (Tomorrow Never Knows) – 801
Eleanor Rigby – Aretha Franklin
Yellow Submarine – Chris Eckman
She Said She Said – The Beatles
And Your Bird Can Sing – Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
Eleanor Rigby – El Chicano
Love You To – Sukilove
Tomorrow Never Knows – Don Randi Trio
I Want to Tell You – The Beatles
Yellow Submarine – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Rain – Ed Harcourt
Tomorrow Never Knows (Take 1) – The Beatles
Got to Get You Into My Life – Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
And Your Bird Can Sing (instrumental) – The Beatles

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