|Still from the new Revolution video.|
Here is some more information about the Revolution video clip, and the various versions that have been published over the years. This info is courtesy of friend of the blog, Miguel Carrera from Mexico City - who forwarded it to us.
The first video for the soon to be released Beatles 1+ video clips collection has been published, as we posted about earlier. Some people may think there was only one version made for the “Revolution” clip, video collectors know that actually two (2) takes were made; but over the years these two films have been used to create even further versions. It could be argued that the video released today is in fact the fifth version so far.
Both audio takes are using the original backing track, only the vocals are live. Paul’s initial scream (at the 7 second mark) is different on both takes, and take 1 does not contain Paul’s backing “Don’t you know it’s gonna be” (heard on take 2 at 0:48, 0:52, 2:49 and 2:54). Furthermore, take 1 does not include the distortion of an amplifier or a microphone that appears very constant in take 2 (before the second ‘We all want to change the world’ and also before ‘But when you talk about destruction’), this distortion has been digitally erased from the new video #5 (2015).
And using both of the video takes, 4 versions have been created, plus one variation.
The version presented on the official YouTube/Vevo channel is for the most part version #2, with a 14 second insert of Version #1 (starting at 1:26 and continuing through to 1:40).
The Beatles mimed to Revolution twice. But versions #1 and #2 are not simply takes 1 and 2. In creating the videos, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg edited in elements from both takes. Some angles and Paul’s and George’s movements are completely different on both takes.
1. Revolution version #1 (Available on The Beatles Anthology video in 1996)
With a unique audio track, the initial video shoots are very different but also, footage from version #2 is included. This version remained unreleased until 1996.
2. Revolution version #2 (Apple Master from 1996 with Slate)
|Apple Master 1996 where you can clearly see it labeled 'Revolution vers 2'.|
3. Revolution version #3 (Unreleased with “clean audio”, Apple Master 2005 with slate)
|From a private collection, the unreleased Apple Master 2005.|
Part of a batch of unreleased promos made by Apple in 2005, in-house distribution only.
Video: Identical to Version #2, but without the initial and final seconds, and also does not contain the count in cue. This version was never released or seen, it has a unique audio mix which has never been published officially or on bootleg to date. We only know about it because it circulates among a select few private collectors.
4. Revolution Version #4 (1968 –Smothers Brothers)
|Clapperboard for the Smothers Brothers show with the Revolution clip|
5. Revolution Version #5 (2015- Apple/Beatles 1+)
Yet another variation, mostly created from version #2.
Audio: A new mix, digitally erasing the distortion noises caused by high volume on some amp or mic. The level on Nicky’s piano is higher, but this sadly buries some unique elements of Paul’s live vocal.
Video: This uses version #2, editing in 14 seconds from version #1 (from 1:26 through to 1:40).
All versions includes Nicky Hopkins’ piano, contrary to what I wrote in my earlier blog post today. What confused us was that this new version mixes the piano higher than before.
So in conclusion, it seems Apple keeps feeding us variations of their original music video clips, with elements added that weren't there before. Some of these may have been added to repair damages on the original two takes. It has been reported that the inserted seconds of version #1 to the new clip disguised some picture disturbance which previously occurred just there. Incidentally, "Revolution" will also be in mono on the Beatles 1+ collection.