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Beatles Yellow Submarine album

Beatles Yellow Submarine album

Beatles Yellow Submarine album

The Beatles released their Yellow Submarine album in the US on January 13, 1969. The album contained six Beatle songs on Side one and instrumental pieces from the movie on Side 2:

Side one:

  1. Yellow Submarine
  2. Only a Northern Song
  3. All Together Now
  4. Hey Bulldog
  5. It’s All Too Much
  6. All You Need Is Love
Side 2:

  1. Pepperland
  2. Sea of Time
  3. Sea of Holes
  4. Sea of Monsters
  5. March of the Meanies
  6. Pepperland Laid Waste
  7. Yellow Submarine in Pepperland

They had previously released “Yellow Submarine” and “All You Need Is Love,” as singles. 

My sense is that to the average Beatle fan, the soundtrack, however interesting the songs may be, does not count as a “real” Beatle album. It’s more an interesting collection that reminds us of the much more enjoyable movie.

Beatles Yellow Submarine album

Beatles Yellow Submarine album

Some information about the songs from Beatle.com:

Only a Northern Song has been described as Harrison’s “personal denunciation of the Beatles’ music publishing business.

Hey Bulldog…written primarily by John Lennon(credited to Lennon–McCartney). It is one of the few Beatles’ songs to revolve around a piano riff.

It’s All Too Much was written and sung by George Harrison. It was originally recorded in 1967, shortly before the release of Sgt. Pepper’s. It had been slated to appear on the next release, Magical Mystery Tour, but it was pushed back.

Richie Unterberger of AllMusic wroteWhat is here…is a good enough reason for owning the record, though nothing rates it as anything near a high-priority purchase. The album would have been far better value if it had been released as a four-song EP (an idea the Beatles even considered at one point, with the addition of a bonus track in “Across the Universe” but ultimately discarded).

A Rolling Stone magazine article about the song says that, “The Beatles’ most beloved kiddie song was written for — who else? — Ringo. As McCartney explained, “I thought, with Ringo being so good with children — a knockabout-uncle type — it might not be a bad idea for him to have a children’s song.” Years later, “Yellow Submarine” remains the gateway drug that turns little children into Beatle fans, with that cheery singalong chorus. It inspired the Beatles’ 1968 animated film, as well as Starr’s unofficial sequel on Abbey Road, “Octopus’ Garden.”


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November 13 Music et al

November 13 Music et al

Get That Communist, Joe

In 1954: the Kavaliers sang “Get That Communist, Joe” in which they poked fun at McCarthy’s passion to find Communists everywhere. (see Jan 8)

Joe, come here a minute

I get a red hot tip for you, Joe

See that guy with the red suspenders

Driving that car with the bright red fenders

I know he’s one of those heavy spenders

Get that Communist Joe

He’s fillin’ my gal with propaganda

And I’m scared she will meander

Don’t want to take a chance that he’ll land her

Get that Communist Joe

He’s a most revolting character

And the fellas hate him so

But with the girls this character

Is a Comrade Romeo

Since my love he’s sabotaging

And the law he has been dodging

Give him what he deserves, jailhouse lodging

Get that Communist Joe (Get that Shmo, Joe)

What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A

November 13 Music et al

November 13, 1964: CBS TV shows a 50-minute documentary, “What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.,” filmed by Albert Maysles, covering the Beatles U.S. tour and other activities that year. 

Rolling Stone ranks the movie the 10th best rock documentary: Two years after the landmark Lonely Boy brought cinema vérité techniques backstage, the Maysles Brothers hitched a ride with the Fab Four on their first trans-Atlantic trip. Although Richard Lester would (lightly) fictionalize similar scenarios in A Hard Day's Night, no camera before or since ever got so close to capturing John, Paul, George and Ringo in anything like their natural state; you can almost see the walls coming up as they realize how unavoidably public their lives are about to become. The DVD version, retitled The First U.S. Visit, swaps out scenes highlighting the drudgery of promo-tour obligations in favor of the band's Ed Sullivan Showperformances — a fair trade, but it's worth seeking out the original, which still screens in theaters occasionally.(see Nov 23)

The Beatles in Yellow Submarine

and, oh yea,

The Sound of Music

November 13 Music et al
album cover for The Sound of Music
November 13 Music et al

Yellow Submarine

November 13 Music et al

November 13, 1968, the US release of Yellow Submarine movie. The review of the Beatles "Yellow Submarine" began, "YELLOW SUBMARINE," which opened yesterday, at the Forum and Tower East, is the Beatles' first feature length cartoon, designed, for the most part beautifully, by Heinz Edelmann, in styles ranging through Steinberg, Arshile Gorky, Bob Godfrey (of the short film "The Do It Yourself Cartoon Kit"), the Sgt. Pepper album cover, and -- mainly, really -- the spirit and conventions of the Sunday comic strip." (NYT review of Yellow Submarine) (see Nov 21)

Sound of Music

November 13 Music et al

November 13 –26, 1965, the Sound of Music soundtrack was the Billboard #1 album. This is how my brothers and sisters used to say goodnight, too.

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