009 It's Gonna Be Alright: The Revolution trilogy - Part I

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Sparked by the air of social upheaval in 1968, John's song "Revolution" spawned three very different recordings: “Revolution 1,” “Revolution 9,” and “Revolution” (the single version). Today in the first of a two part episode, we look at how “Revolution 1” gave birth to “Revolution 9,” and discover the mesmerizing missing link between the two. Former New York Times music critic Allan Kozinn helps us deconstruct “Revolution 9,” and to make sense of why John created such a challenging recording in the first place.


“Gesang de Junglinge” by Karlheinz Stockhausen

“Hymnen” by Karlheinz Stockhausen

Symphonic Etudes, Op 13, No XII by Robert Schumann, performed by Dame Myra Hess

“O Clap Your Hands” by Ralph Vaughn Williams

Symphony No. 7 by Jean Sibelius, performed by John Barbirolli

“Awal Hamsa” by Farid al-Atrash


Kehew, Brian, and Ryan, Kevin. Recording The Beatles.

Lewisohn, Mark. The Beatles Complete Recording Sessions.

Jason Kruppa