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The Beatles: 1965-’67

by Justin Farrar

The Beatles: 1965-’67

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The Beatles’ arc between 1962 and 1970 is one of uninterrupted artistic evolution. When it came to recording, the quartet never stopped developing, progressing and mutating its sound. Yet it’s during their middle years, 1965 to ’67, when they underwent the most sweeping growth, boldly leaping from British Invasion pop and introspective folk-rock to intensely heady psychedelia. Every few months, a new Beatles album or single came along that radically challenged what rock ’n’ roll could and should sound like. The acoustic ballads “Yesterday” and “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” from 1965’s Help!, speak to the band’s deepening interest in acoustic textures and contemplative themes clearly inspired by Bob Dylan. They are ideas that fully blossom on its successor, Rubber Soul, an album that more than few rock critics hail as the group’s finest. Yet a mere nine months later, The Beatles turn around and unleash their first foray into psychedelia: Revolver. The album -- featuring the sonic brilliance of “Eleanor Rigby” and “Taxman” -- is a masterpiece in its own right. At the same time, it is ground zero for the amazingly trippy art pop the group would create throughout 1967, culminating in the era-defining Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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