"The Beatles Rubber Soul to Revolver" by Beatles historian Bruce Spizer is taking pre-orders now via his website. Publication is set for Oct. 10.
Rubber Soul and Revolver set new standards for pop and rock records. These albums presented a maturing and evolving Beatles to the world. As producer George Martin noted, “For the first time, we began to think of albums as art on their own, as complete entities.” This is not to take anything away from the quality of the songs themselves. The 16 tracks recorded during the Rubber Soul sessions are among the group’s finest, with half being included on The Beatles 1962 - 1966 hits collection. With Revolver, the Beatles were looking for more color in their recordings, trying new instruments and techniques. But they were not using studio wizardry to cover weaknesses; they were looking for new sounds to enhance their already brilliant songs.
In addition to the usual chapters on the British, American and Canadian perspectives, the book contains an extensive treatment on the Butcher and Trunk Covers, featuring all of the significant images from the photo sessions and the true story behind the controversial cover. There are also chapters on the recording sessions and album covers, as well as on the news, music and films of the era to place these albums in their proper context. And, of course, fan recollections.
The Beatles Rubber Soul to Revolver, at 240 pages, is the largest edition in Bruce Spizer’s Beatles Album Series. The extra pages were necessary to accommodate complete coverage of two of the Beatles most important albums plus the Capitol album Yesterday And Today and the complete story behind the Butcher Cover. We were able to keep the price of the first five books in the Beatles Album Series at $30; however, the new book will be priced at $40. This increase was necessitated by a 50% increase in our printing costs plus extensive licensing fees for the Robert Whitaker photographs of the Butcher session and the wonderful in-studio pictures of the band licensed from The Beatles Book Photo Library. The Collector’s Edition will remain priced at $100, which is significantly less than what most publishers charge for special editions.