And for no good reason other than ‘I feel like it’, here’s The Beatles performing one of their lesser known (to some) cuts, “Rain” from their landmark 1966 album Revolver. Just ‘cuz.

This is one of my favourite clips of the band, filmed around the time they would cease performing live. Film clips like this were meant to do the rounds on TV shows for them so that they could spend less time traveling and more time in the studio – kind of a radical move in 1966. They hence, as the 1994 version of George says on the opening part of the clip, helped to invent MTV.

They shot a number of these film clips of their songs which were shown on American shows like the Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, and others up until the end of their life as a group including ‘Paperback Writer’. ‘Hello Goodbye’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, ‘Revolution’, ‘Something’, and others.

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The Beatles 1966

3 thoughts on “The Beatles Sing ‘Rain’

  1. Correction!

    “Rain” did not appear on the Revolver album. It was the B-side to ‘Paperback Writer’, the single. In days of old, singles were often released separately to LPs (long players, children). It was looked on as a value-for-money benefit – imagine that! This is the case here. But, that’s no excuse not to check out the whole album, which features some the band’s most adventurous work.

  2. Moi,

    Not at all. 🙂

    I really like that tune, and not a lot of casual Beatles fans know it – I suppose because it was a B-Side. I was sure that it was on the US version of Revolver (the US versions had different tracklistings…), but I can’t find any evidence of this. Oh well. Just my faulty memory playing up again.

    Also, I think the Beatles look great in this, just the epitome of cool.

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