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Backmasking- No, it is not putting a mask on backwards. It is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward on to a track that is meant to be played forward. Backmasking has been used many times in music by bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Many other bands such as The Rolling Stones, Queen, AC/DC, The Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Judas Priest, Jefferson Starship, Styx, and Pink Floyd have been accused of using backmasking to hide subliminal messages, though most have denied it.

The Beatles were one of the first bands to use backmasking and are well-known for their use of this technique in their 1966 album Revolver (to see Revolver blog post, click here), specifically on the tracks “Tomorrow Never Knows”, “I’m Only Sleeping” and “Rain”. The Beatles have been accused of using back masking as a way to hide clues that indicated Paul McCartney was dead. (To see more about this myth, click here!)

Other bands have been criticized for backmasking because their songs were rumored to hide “satanic messages”. One of the most famous songs in music history, “Stairway To Heaven”, by Led Zeppelin,  supposedly contains the words “Here’s to my Sweet Satan”. Although this may seem strange, the band fully denies all claims of satanic messaging. Many skeptics say that it is easy to find words in songs that are played in reverse if you know what to look for; however, planning phonetic reversal is almost impossible.

What do you think about subliminal messages in songs? Are they really there or are they all a sham? Comment below!

(P.S. Have you figured out the title yet? If not, here’s a clue: read it in reverse.)

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Revolver

Today, I decided to look once again at one of my favorite albums of all time. Revolver by The Beatles has some amazing album artwork that I just had to check out. Unlike the fantasy world that the cover of Yessongs by Yes had, this album cover was a collage filled with assorted photographs and drawings that never ceased to amaze me. Not only was I drawn to this record because of its music, but also because of its astonishing album artwork as well.

Released in August of 1966, Revolver‘s name is a pun, meaning both the handgun and the ability to revolve, like a record on a turntable. Revolver‘s album artwork was created by Klaus Voormann, with pictures taken by Robert Whitaker.

Fun Fact: A few of the suggestions of the name of this album include: Magic CirclesBeatles on SafariPendulum, and even After Geography as a play on The Rolling Stones’ Aftermath!

Revisit one of your favorite records and pay attention to the album art! Does your idea of the message behind the music change when you looked at your album’s cover? Comment below and let me know!

The Beatles The Beatles

As a special Valentine’s Day treat, I decided to play a record released by one of the most famous love song writing team of all time. Being the Beatles fan that I am, I was excited to finally place a record by the fab four on the turntable. This record came from the records of my grandparents collection which was handed down to my Dad and maybe will be handed down to me.

As I gently placed the needle of the turntable upon the record “Revolver” and listened to the wondrous sounds of The Beatles, I noticed that the music wasn’t as much of a folk rock style song like their previous album “Rubber Soul” had been. Most tracks on this album had more of an electric guitar-rock sound. However, each song had its own distinct style, unlike the Beatles’ music I had heard before. I was intrigued how the record had more of a psychedelic vibe unlike the Beatles’ previous tracks. My Dad told me that this record was a transition into the hippie era; a time of peace, love, and happiness but also a time of conflict and strife with youth protests against the Vietnam War.

Released August 5, 1966, this was The Beatles’ seventh album and was placed at number 1 in the All-Time Top 1000 Albums. The album included many hits such as Taxman, Eleanor  Rigby, Yellow Submarine, Good Day Sunshine, Got to Get You into My Life and Tomorrow Never Knows. This album is often regarded as one of the greatest achievements in music history and one of The Beatles’ greatest studio achievements. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

What are your experiences with The Beatles? Leave a message in the comments below.

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