Revolution
The Beatles
Beatles 1968 Hey Jude Revolution 45

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world

1968
12
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968
  • single released Aug 26, 1968 (U.S.)
  • from The Beatles compilation album Past Masters (1988)
  • the song appeared in three different versions, a charged-up electric "Revolution", a slowed "Revolution 1" and a third heavily experimental "Revolution 9"; "Revolution" was released as a single (45rpm) while "Revolution 1" and "Revolution 9" appeared on The Beatles (white album)
  • this 45rpm version was the B-side of the "Hey Jude" single and featured distorted guitars and an electric piano solo by session musician Nicky Hopkins
  • the distorted guitar sound heard on "Revolution" was achieved by putting the guitars through the recording console which caused the channel to overload and create the fuzz sound
  • on the record:
         John Lennon- vocals, lead guitar, handclaps
         Paul McCartney- bass, Hammond organ, handclaps
         George Harrison- lead guitar, handclaps
         Ringo Starr- drums, handclaps
         Nicky Hopkins- electric piano
  • written by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney
  • the song was written in Rishikesh, India when Lennon and The Beatles visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at his meditation retreat
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded July 10 and 11, 1968 at Abbey Road Studios, London
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