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The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows 1966

February 20, 2016

The outstanding final track of the highly experimental studio album ‘Revolver’. Written primarily by John Lennon, it’s the first example of a track that contains vocals being put through a Leslie speaker cabinet to obtain a vibrato effect (normally used as a loudspeaker for a Hammond organ), the use of an ADT system (Automatic double-tracking) to double the vocal and tape ‘loops’ in the background.

Lennon was inspired by the book ‘The Psychedelic Experience’ by Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, and Ralph Metzler, which stated that the “ego death” experienced under the influence of LSD and other psychedelic drugs is similar to the dying process and requires similar guidance. Lennon was also influenced by teachings from ‘The Tibetan Book of The Dead.’

From → Jazz & Soul

7 Comments
  1. If you could only have one psychedelic track, this would be it.

  2. You have a very different blog here. Nice stuff 😄

  3. One of my favorite and often under appreciated Beatles song. I listened to a story awhile back on NPR where they isolated Ringo’s drums and was amazed at the precision and complexity of a seemingly simple beat. Thanks Spencer!

    • Thanks for the comment Michael. Yes, it’s fascinating to observe the layers of space and movement in any great art.

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