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Yellow Submarine Songtrack - The Beatles

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Britpop / Artist: The Beatles / CD / Audio CD released 2012-06-04 at EMI Catalogue

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      01.01.2014 12:24
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      Great improvement on 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack album

      == Introduction ==

      For my daughters fourth birthday I decided to buy her the DVD 'Yellow Submarine', she had heard the title song when I was writing my review on The Beatles 'Revolver' album and loved it. I also bought her the book to accompany the film and as she is getting into music, I bought her a stereo and a few CDs for her Christmas, one of the CDs I bought was The Beatles 'Yellow Submarine Songtrack' (Since I bought her the film, I have heard her singing along to it).

      == Background ==

      The animated film 'Yellow Submarine' was released in 1968 and as The Beatles were busy doing other things, actors were used to play the parts of the fab four. The Beatles did provide four original songs for the film and George Martin provided the musical score. Originally a soundtrack album was released, which included the four original songs, plus 'Yellow Submarine' and 'All You Need is Love' alongside the musical score which made up half of the album. For a number of years if you wanted to listen to all the songs from the film, you had to contend with the bulk of it being a musical score. As I don't care too much for musical compositions, it was very rare that I would listen to the soundtrack. As a companion to the 1999 re-release of the film this songtrack, which omitted the musical score and included most of the other non original songs that were in the film, even though a lot of the songs were only heard briefly in the film.

      == Track By Track ==

      === Yellow Submarine ===

      The title song from the film and one that originally appeared on The Beatles 1966 album 'Revolver'. This was a song written primarily by Paul for Ringo to sing (Ringo used to get a musical number on each of The Beatles albums, with the only exceptions to this being on 'A Hard Days Night' and 'Let it Be'. The song is a great children's sing along, with a catchy chorus to boot.

      === Hey Bulldog ===

      The first of the original songs from the film to appear on this album, 'Hey Bulldog' was written primarily by John and Lily-May calls it "sweaty hands" from the line "Jack-knife in your sweaty hands". The song is very piano driven and was born out of the promotional video recording sessions for the single 'Lady Madonna'. The actual promotional video for 'Lady Madonna' has stills of the band recording this song. The song ends with impromptu dog barking performed by John and Paul, and it has a very catchy chorus of "you can talk to me, if you're lonely you can talk to me".

      === Eleanor Rigby ===

      Another song from 'Revolver' and one of Paul's finest compositions in my opinion. This was the second song to appear in the film and is kind of a theme tune that leads us to our first encounter with Ringo, who complains that nothing exciting ever happens to him. This song tells the story of Eleanor Rigby, and Father McKenzie, two lonely people whose paths cross towards the end of the song, when Father McKenzie conducts Eleanor's funeral service. It is a sad song, with a catchy chorus; "All the lonely people, where do they all come from, all the lonely people, where do they all belong".

      === Love You To ===

      The first song to appear on this album written by George, we don't hear the full song in the film, just a snippet when we first see George. The song is very sitar driven and is basically a precursor to George's contribution on 'Sgt. Pepper', 'Within You, Without You'. As with the previous song, this also appeared on 'Revolver', and in my opinion, is one of George's weaker tracks. Lily-May isn't too keen on this song and always skips this track, Indian music isn't her thing at the moment.

      === All Together Now ===

      Another children's styled song, written and sung by Paul, this was played during the film and reprised at the end of the film when The Beatles appear as themselves. This song has a bit of a sea shanty feel to it and was first sung in the film when the band were setting off in the Yellow Submarine. This was one of my favourite songs when I was little and I can see now as an adult that it does still have that childlike appeal to it, it sounds like a modern day nursery rhyme, similar in style to '1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive".

      === Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ===

      This is the first song from 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' to appear on this album. This is a great slice of psychedelia, and one that fit into the drug culture of the 1960's, largely because people read too much into the initials of the title L.S.D. It has since been widely documented that the title of the song came from a drawing John Lennon's son Julian had drawn of his classmate Lucy in the sky with diamonds, believe what you will, this is a great song. The song uses a lot of imagery of "cellophane flowers" and "newspaper taxis", not to mention the "girl with kaleidoscope eyes".

      === Think For Yourself ===

      Another one of George's compositions, this song originally appeared on 'Rubber Soul' and is distinctive with its fuzzbox guitar. In my opinion this is one of George's strongest Beatles compositions and it is a shame that it often gets hidden away on 'Rubber Soul' and this album, probably due to their being far stronger Lennon/McCartney compositions. I love Georges really droll Liverpudlian vocal on this song, in contrast to McCartney's put on American accent on a lot of his songs.

      === Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ===

      The title song for The Beatles groundbreaking album of the same name, and the opening track on that album. The song plays out like an introduction to a concert "We're Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, we hope you will enjoy the show". A testament of how great this track is, on the first weekend after the release of this album, legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix had learned how to play it and played it at his concert in London.

      === With a Little Help From My Friends ===

      As this was originally segued onto the end of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', we hear a little bit of it right after the band sing the previous song, although the full version doesn't appear in the film. This was a song written for Ringo to sing on the iconic album and he takes on the persona of Billy Shears, a fictional band member in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This is another catchy song, in my opinion it isn't one of their best songs, this is probably down to the fact that I have heard it so many times, covered by various artists.

      === Baby Your a Rich Man ===

      The whole song didn't appear in the film, only a snippet when The Beatles free Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band from the large bubble they are encased in. This song also appears on the 'Magical Mystery Tour' album, and was intended to be released on the original soundtrack for 'Yellow Submarine', before being relegated to the B-Side of 'All You Need Is Love'. This was a song made up of two parts, which were written by John and Paul individually. John had a song called 'One of The Beautiful People' and Paul had the 'Baby Your a Rich Man' chorus and the two were joined together, in a similar vein to 'A Day in The Life' from 'Sgt. Pepper'. In my opinion this is an underrated track, it has quite a catchy chorus, but is not a Beatles song that I have heard often, aside from listening to it on 'Magical Mystery Tour' and this album.

      === Only a Northern Song ===

      The third of the four original compositions from the soundtrack, this was a song written and sung by George. This song was written and first recorded around the time of the Sgt. Pepper sessions and is a bit of a dig at the publishing company Northern Songs. As John and Paul were majority shareholders of the company, they earned more from George's songs than he did, so he sang "It doesn't really matter what chords I play, what words I say or time of day it is, as it's only a Northern song.". The whole song sounds a bit flat, although George does explain "he just wrote it like that", it really works though. Towards the songs conclusion it builds up into a crescendo of psychedelic noise. This is one of my favourite Harrison compositions and so underrated in my opinion, definitely too good to be lost on the soundtrack of this film.

      === All You Need Is Love ===

      The Summer of Love anthem, 'All You Need Is Love' was first recorded for the live satellite broadcast 'Our World, which was the first live satellite broadcast. This was included in the film presumably because it fitted in with the theme that "Love is all you need". The song starts off with the intro to the French National Anthem and also includes snippets of Glenn Miller's pre war song 'In The Mood'. Overall lyrically the message was clear, that no matter how bad things get in the world "All You Need Is Love". The song appears in the film towards the end, when the peace and love music sung by The Beatles, helps to restore peace and harmony to Pepperland.

      === When I'm Sixty Four ===

      Another jolly sing along song, a slice of music hall and another track from 'Sgt Pepper'. This is a Paul McCartney composition and appears in the film when the Yellow Submarine is passing through the Sea of Time. Apparently this was a song written by McCartney before the band were famous, and was thought of again when the band were recording 'Sgt. Pepper'. This isn't the greatest song by the band, and I wouldn't miss it if I never heard it again, but like 'All Together Now' it does appeal to younger fans, especially with its inclusion in the film. It is also one of those songs that you can't help but sing along to when you hear it, even if you dislike it.

      === Nowhere Man ===

      This is my daughters favourite song at the moment and one I was sick of hearing by the time she went to her mums on Christmas Day, I think hearing it 10 times in a row was a bit too much. This is a song that was originally on the 'Rubber Soul' album and appears in the film when The Beatles meet a character called Jeremy, and they call him a nowhere man. I love the harmonies on this song, I have seen a video of them performing this live in Japan and when it came to the harmonies the band would wave at the audience, resulting in the audience screaming and muffling any bum notes.

      === It's All Too Much ===

      The final original song on this album and the fourth George Harrison composition. This appeared in the film as the finale and it does have a finale feel to it. This is the longest song written and recorded by George during his time in The Beatles, it clocks in at just under six and a half minutes, although a lot of this is down to the extended outro, which has the band singing "with your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue" lifted from the Merseys number 4 hit 'Sorrow' (The original writers of this part of the song didn't get a songwriting credit). Even though this song is 6:28, it doesn't get boring like other long tracks I have heard and it is one of my favourite songs from the original 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack.

      == Price ==

      I purchased this from www.amazon.co.uk for £11.95 including delivery, which isn't a bad price. The CD came in a cardboard gatefold sleeve and a booklet with stills from the film and the names of all the tracks on each image.

      == Verdict ==

      Lily-May was so excited when she opened this present, I had bought her a few children's albums for her too, but this was the one that got the best reaction. I don't think my neighbours were too pleased when she put it on her new stereo at full blast at 6am on Christmas morning. The album is packed with a great selection of songs from 'Rubber Soul' to 'Sgt. Pepper', some of them my daughter skips past, I don't think she is quite ready for the Indian themed 'Love You To', although this does have a nice selection of songs that weren't included on the original soundtrack album, but were included in the film.Overall this is a great album and much better than the original soundtrack in my opinion, this is a great starting point for offspring of fans of the fab four, 5/5 stars!

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Yellow Submarine
      2 Hey Bulldog
      3 Eleanor Rigby
      4 Love You To
      5 All Together Now
      6 Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
      7 Think for Yourself
      8 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
      9 With a Little Help from My Friends
      10 Baby You're a Rich Man
      11 Only a Northern Song
      12 All You Need Is Love
      13 When I'm Sixty Four
      14 Nowhere Man
      15 It's All Too Much