Sunday, April 21, 2024

Watch-Listen: The Beatles “Revolution” Original Video, Remastered, New Audio Mix


Here’s “Revolution” as you’ve never heard it, remixed and remastered with a video unseen until now.Just listen: if all of the new “1 + 1” album sounds like this — amazing. Giles Martin has done an outstanding job. The album hits us November 6th. Get really good headphones for this release– Grado, Sennheiser, AKG, Master and Dynamic– no Beats– or try to listen on a real stereo, not a compressed iTouch or phone.

from the press notes:
Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and filmed on the 4th September 1968 at Twickenham Film Studios. Restored and remixed for The Beatles 1 Video Collection, which is available for pre-order at

“Plugging directly into the Abbey Road desk and pushing the needles into the red achieved the fuzz-guitar sound. According to George Martin “We got into distortion on that, which we had a lot of complaints from the technical people about. But that was the idea: it was John’s song and the idea was to push it right to the limit. Well, we went to the limit and beyond.”

“I did the slow version and I wanted it out as a single: as a statement of The Beatles’ position on Vietnam and The Beatles’ position on revolution. For years, on The Beatles’ tours, Brian Epstein had stopped us from saying anything about Vietnam or the war.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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