Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Beatles :: Guitar :: Revolution

John Lennon goes deep into the Abbey Road bag of tricks on the ferocious intro of Revolution : For the recording of Revolution, the Beatles tried something different--a trick that few studio owners would ever allow, then or now. "John wanted that sound," recalls Phil McDonald, the tape operator for the session. "A really distorted sound. The guitars were put through the recording console, which was technically not the thing to do. It completely overloaded the channel and produced the fuzz sound. Fortunately the technical people didn't find out. They didn't approve of 'abuse of equipment.' "

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