The Beatles ‘Revolution’ Video

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The Beatles filming "Revolution," September 4, 1968

The Beatles filming “Revolution,” September 4, 1968 © Apple Corps Ltd.

In the fall of 2015, we had been planning this new feature for a while, parking URLs of clips that we think you’d enjoy, and trying to decide which one to lead with.

Then we saw this amazing new/old video for The Beatles‘ song “Revolution” that was published on YouTube on October 20, 2015 and our collective jaws dropped. This is how we debut our Classic Videos section!

It was featured in the 1 collection released November 6, 2015, from Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/Universal in a variety of formats and configurations.

“Revolution” was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg – who helmed episodes of the influential British pop music TV show Ready Steady Go! and promo films for such other Beatles songs as “Paperback Writer,” “Rain” and “Hey Jude,” and is recognized today as a video music pioneer. The clip was filmed on September 4, 1968 at Twickenham Film Studios in London.

The slower arrangement of “Revolution”was included on the 1968 double album, The Beatles (aka The White Album). Five versions are on the track listings of the 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe edition of the album, which arrives on November 9, 2018.

Related: Details of the 50th Anniversary edition

Producer George Martin wrote of the sound on the song’s recording: “Plugging directly into the Abbey Road desk and pushing the needles into the red achieve the fuzz guitar sound. 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.”

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  1. rick
    #1 rick 27 September, 2018, 06:42

    Who played keyboards on he Revoution tape?

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    • Billy K.
      Billy K. 27 September, 2018, 16:26

      I’m guessing is that this is from the studio track, doing a self-karaoke deal. All sounds identical to the record, except the vocals.

      Had to look it up….thought it was Billy Preston, but it was actually Nicky Hopkins on electric piano.

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