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Revolver is seventh album by the English rock band The Beatles, released on 5 August 1966. The album showcased a number of new stylistic developments which would become more pronounced on later albums. Many of the tracks on Revolver are marked by an electric guitar-rock sound, in contrast with their previous, folk-rock inspired Rubber Soul. It reached #1 in the UK chart for 7 weeks and #1 on the U.S. chart for 6 weeks.

Revolver was released before the Beatles stopped touring, and some people were disappointed that, during that tour, the Beatles did not perform songs from that album. Their reasoning for this was that people were not listening to their music but screamed too much for anyone to hear, so The Beatles felt that performing was not worth it. The newest song the Beatles performed on their 1966 tours was "Paperback Writer", released on a single and recorded at the same time as the Revolver album.

Indian influences

Harrison took his "Indi-psych-pop" synthesis a step further with the highly original song "Love You To" (from the seminal Revolver LP), which featured a sinuous Indian-influenced melody and an innovative arrangement consisting solely of Indian instruments, performed by expatriate Indian musicians living in London.

Harrison also wrote "I Want to Tell You", about his difficulty expressing himself in words. "Love You To" marked a significant expansion of his burgeoning interest in Indian music and the sitar, which started with "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" on 1965's Rubber Soul. It was the intro to "Love You To" that was playing in the background when the Harrison character first appears in Yellow Submarine, the animated Beatles movie released in 1968.

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