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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

'Tomorrow Never Knows'

I've been listening to the audiobook of Rob Sheffield's excellent book about the Beatles, Dreaming the Beatles, and I've just finished the section on Revolver, my favorite Beatles album (even better when you hear the whole album, not the truncated version originally released in the U.S.)

Revolver is the album that has "Yellow Submarine," which of course is referenced in the Illuminatus! trilogy by the Leif Ericson, and also the album that has "Tomorrow Never Knows," which according to Sheffield is a song John Lennon wrote after getting copies of three books at London's Indica bookshop: The Portable Nietzsche, The Tibetan Book of the Dead and Timothy Leary's The Psychedelic Experience. 

Sheffield says that Revolver is the best album the Beatles ever made, which means, he explains, that it's the best album any band ever made.

A bit of synchonicity: Before I wrote this, I posted a comment by music person Oz Fritz, who mentioned Nietzsche.


Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

The "B" side when "Strawberry Fields" was issued as a single was Paul's fine song, "Penny Lane." "And though she feels as if she's in a play, she is anyway."

Manic The Doodler said...

Revolver is my favorite Beatles album as well. Next to the White Album...

Eric Wagner said...

I love "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" more and more over the years, but I also love how the Beatles just kept experimenting, so I probably like their final music best.