&ldquo;Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.&rdquo; John Lennon was referencing a theme from the Tibetan Book of the Dead by way of Timothy Leary&rsquo;s book The Psychedelic Experience, but there really was no other way to start &ldquo;Tomorrow Never Knows,&rdquo; the pivotal track that ends Side 2 of The Beatles&rsquo; groundbreaking August 1966 album release, Revolver. And &ldquo;Tomorrow&rdquo;&mdash;originally identified on the recording sheet for &ldquo;Job No. 3009&rdquo; in Abbey Road Studio Three as &ldquo;Mark I&rdquo; when sessions commenced on April 6, 1966&mdash;is rife with studio innovations and flourishes only The Beatles and their revolutionary team of Abbey Road engineers could inaugurate as the methodology so many future artists would embrace: Inventing Artificial Double Tracking, a.k.a. ADT, to simulate the natural double-tracking of instruments and vocals (thank you, Ken Townsend).
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