Revolver/The Exciting Wilson Pickett
This week’s On The Turntable program is a real treat … we are taking you back 55 years ago this week … The Beatles released Revolver .. today we will listen to both sides uninterrupted and follow that with another LP from 1966 …. The Exciting Wilson Pickett
Revolver is the seventh studio album by the Beatles. It was released on August 5th in 1966, accompanied by the double A-side single “Eleanor Rigby” / “Yellow Submarine”. The Beatles recorded Revolver after taking a three-month break at the start of the year and became their final recording project before their retirement as live performers. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year and won the trophy for best album art.
The album marked the start of a change in the Beatles’ core audience, as their young, female-dominated fanbase gave way to a following that increasingly comprised more serious-minded, male listeners. Revolver has surpassed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in many critics’ estimation as the Beatles’ best album. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Revolver third on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers Revolver the #1 album of 1966, the number two album of the decade, behind Abbey Road, and ranked 4th on its top ten of all time list. Digital Dream Door Dot Com ranked the album second on its year end top 100 list behind Pet Sounds. Revolver is also listed in the book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’.
Notable Tracks – ‘Eleanor Rigby’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ ‘Good Day Sunshine’ ‘Taxman’
The Exciting Wilson Pickett
The Exciting Wilson Pickett was the third album by Wilson Pickett. The LP charted at #3 on the U.S. Billboard R&B albums chart and #21 on the Billboard 200. This is the album that positioned Pickett and a “Major ‘60’s Soul Man.” It delivered four hits singles two of which are on side one … Land of a Thousand Dances, which would surprise many that this was his biggest hit … and 634-5789 (Soulsville USA).
The album was recorded in Memphis and Muscle Shoals Studios, and is a perfect example of “The Memphis Sound” and represents one of the most consistent 60’s soul albums ever. Guest musicians included Steve Cropper, Isaac Hayes, Chips Moman and Donald “Duckie” Dunn. Two of the four hit singles are featured on the flip side of this disc with “In The Midnight Hour” kicking off side two.
Notable Tracks – ‘634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)’ ‘In The Midnight Hour’ ‘Land of 1,000 Dances’ ‘Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won’t Do)’
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