THE BEATLES Backwards/Sdrawkcab

Just Saving You The Trouble

FIRST POSTED IN 2009: Something for all you drug users and/or conspiracy theorists out there. 23 tracks from seltaeB ehT, recorded backwards, so you can bliss out, dissect its contents, search for clues or just get your chops in order for Rock Band. Funny enough, The Beatles began playing backwards games early on – in 1963 – when the band’s merchandising arm was christened “Seltaeb.” By 1965, the boys were experimenting with the concept in their music (“Rain” was probably the first prominent use of backwards recording in pop music). It didn’t take long for John Lennon to embrace the concept fully, leading to Sgt. Pepper’s’ and The White Album’s use of more sophisticated shenanigans, some fueling the Paul Is Dead rumors. As for “Revolution #9,” it was such a sonic jumble to begin with that this backwards version just sounds like a remix. So… what’s the purpose? There is none. If you’ve seen this artwork in less creative surrounds, now you know where it originated.

Nug Mraw A Si Ssenippah
Etik Rm Fo Tifeneb Eht Rof Gnieb
Ybgir Ronaele
Surlaw eht Ma I
Ynop A Gid I
Llih Eht No Loof Eht
Enif Leef I
Reverof Sdleif Yrrebwarts
Rehtegot Emoc
Yrc Ybab Yrc
Swonk Reven Worromot
Sdnomaid Htiw Yks Eht Ni Ycul
Gnol Gnol Gnol
Nos s’erutan Rehtom
Nus eht Semoc Ereh
Efil eht Ni Yad A
Esrevinu eht Ssorca
9# Noitulover
Gnipeels Ylno M’i


  • IHateThe90s
    July 21, 2009 - 01:37 | Permalink

    Wow! So much to read and check out on this site! Lots of unusual music here. Thanks for adding my blog to your site. I've done the same for you . :)


  • winkingtiger
    July 21, 2009 - 05:46 | Permalink

    This is a great concept, but no "Gnos Nrehtron A Ynlo"? I think they missed an opportunity there… ;-)

  • Art Ducko
    July 21, 2009 - 08:01 | Permalink

    Yvoorg os ho. !Dralliw sknaht.

  • Timmy
    July 21, 2009 - 14:56 | Permalink

    I saw John. I talked to John. I saw Ringo, he didn't kill me.

  • Keanu Reeves
    July 21, 2009 - 17:05 | Permalink

    Dude, if you play this stuff backwards it sounds like they're singing Beatle songs. Whoa.

  • Capt. Willard
    July 21, 2009 - 17:18 | Permalink

    Which would also suggest that Paul is alive.

  • Keanu Reeves
    July 21, 2009 - 17:30 | Permalink

    No way!

  • boboquisp
    July 22, 2009 - 01:15 | Permalink

    What a great find! Always something interesting here…and I love it. Thanks, bbq

  • Slartatious de Bartlefast
    July 22, 2009 - 08:28 | Permalink

    Keanu Reeves said…

    Dude, if you play this stuff backwards it sounds like they're singing Beatle songs. Whoa.

    I would like to thank whoever wrote the above comment very deeply. You, Sir, are a genius. ROFL very much.

  • Anonymous
    July 22, 2009 - 09:27 | Permalink

    I EVOL RUOY GOLB!!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    July 23, 2009 - 11:15 | Permalink

    Just listened to 'Because' it is like a musical palendrome,

  • Ian S
    July 27, 2009 - 21:55 | Permalink

    Hi Willard – Ditto above comments, excellent site, always very interesting, fantastic range of tunes, better class of vistors even – jokes rather than abuse. Thanks for seltaeB n excellent Interstellar Overdrive.
    And I never even said thanx 4 Revolution 1, CSN&Y, Dead, Doors, Dylan. I apologise n Thank You lots
    PS I love the Anthology version of Ob-La-Di. Peace

  • Capt. Willard
    July 28, 2009 - 00:28 | Permalink

    Many thanks for all the comments.

  • Anonymous
    July 28, 2009 - 13:49 | Permalink

    This is so great… I long ago lost my copy of several Beatles songs backwards (done while under a certain fog).

    One note: The Lennon song "Meat City" is also quite interesting backwards. The 45 has a brief interlude that sounds like mice squeeking, but backwards John says "see the album". So being good little lads, we did as John suggested. Playing the album version backwards, John says something alltogether different.
    And I'm sure this being a PC-world, I cannot repeat what he says here!

    Wonderwall (George's soundtrack) is also better backwards than forwards!


  • Capt. Willard
    July 28, 2009 - 14:13 | Permalink

    Fuck the PC world and clue us in. Just, watch what you say about Wonderwall, that's a fave around here.

  • ElementaryPenguin
    May 2, 2010 - 01:47 | Permalink

    Llih Eht No Loof Eht is really interesting. I think it would be worth constructing a song with that chord progression. It's just so surprising.

  • Willard
    July 9, 2011 - 12:21 | Permalink

    Search HERE
    As always… try Mediafire links more than once. They sometimes give false negatives.

  • July 10, 2012 - 23:20 | Permalink

    ¿ɯnqןɐ uʍop-ǝpısdn sǝןʇɐǝq ɐ ʇnoqɐ ʍoɥ

  • Rich ( The Demon )
    February 28, 2013 - 07:14 | Permalink

    Ok Now I Got seyE yM nO sretsilB

  • Carl
    May 24, 2014 - 00:12 | Permalink

    Thanks. This sounds interesting. Can’t wait to listen to it.

  • Ron
    September 6, 2014 - 14:40 | Permalink

    I just got this and it is cool. Thanks so much.

  • Bombshelter Slim
    September 7, 2014 - 22:10 | Permalink

    For those of you who may have missed it lo these many years ago, “jai guru deva” backwards IS “love is good hash” !!

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