The Beatles
Yellow Submarine



by SigismundFreudian USER (15 Reviews)
February 20th, 2012 | 13 replies

Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "...When you're listening late at night, You may think the band are not quite right. But they are, They just play it like that."

Before actually speaking about this particular release, I should state that this particular effort was meant to be seen as a film soundtrack rather than an actual Beatles' album. After all, this particular effort was really more of an excuse to release previously recorded content that were never used. Yellow Submarine, both the film and it's soundtrack, can be seen as the final product of The Beatles' Psychedelic era. The album truly reflects the sound of 1967's Magical Mystery Tour, as the Psychedelic influences are much more evident than previous releases.

Yellow Submarine is divided into two sections; the first part being actual songs written by The Beatles, while the other section contains instrumental scores that are featured in the actual film, written by their producer George Martin. During The Beatles' Psychedelic phase, George Harrison in particular, developed a reputation for his anomalous contributions to the albums. But these particular Psychedelic compositions don't contain his usual influence of Raga/Indian music. Yellow Submarine "truly" begins and ends with George Harrison's compositions, "Only A Northern Song" and "It's All Too Much". Both songs share similar aesthetics, though "Only A Northern Song" uses a barrage of eccentric noise samples that are used to create a Psychedelic atmosphere. "It's All Too Much", is a bit easier to conceive as it has a much more pop-oriented orchestration, while relying on guitar distortion to create a Psychedelic effect. The lyrics also reflect George Harrison's usual philosophical ambiguity.

The compositions written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney have a more conventional structure. "All Together Now", is a Skiffle acoustic piece with the same "sing-along" nature as the eponymous track, "Yellow Submarine". "Hey Bulldog", has a more elevated pace than the rest of the other tracks, as it displays a return to a typical Rock and Roll sound. The orchestral ballad, "All You Need Is Love", yet again serves as the denouement for the first side of the album as it did in Magical Mystery Tour. The second part of the album contains compositions written by the fifth Beatle, George Martin. All of the orchestrations are instrumental passages used in the film. The film scores all share a similar sound of amalgamated structures containing classical music, Raga, and of course, Psychedelic influences.

Again, Yellow Submarine is more of a collection of songs released to compliment the film, and not an actual Beatles' effort. Perhaps one of the more evident reasons this release is overlooked lies within George Harrison's experimental contributions. For example, "Within You Without You" from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is often ignored for it's anomalous nature but in reality, the song contains a rich presence of spirituality and intellectualism. "It's All Too Much", may lack the Indian mysticism but there is a similar feeling of spirituality within the music and it's lyrics. In reality, there is a much higher purpose within Harrison's contributions as something to meditate than in Lennon and McCartney's traditional "catchy" compositions. But even here, in this collection of previously released material and songs that were ignored over time, lie some interesting experiences. Yellow Submarine may always be the ignored or forgotten release by the band, but for fans of The Beatles, it at least deserves a listen.

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February 20th 2012


Before actually speaking about this particular release

meta = bad
don't do it.

good review other than that though

February 20th 2012


Yellow Submarine playing on the radio. My 12 year old son asks, " Who's this ?" Me; The Beatles,one of the best bands ever. After listening, he says, " are you sure ?"

March 24th 2013


Album Rating: 2.0

The only real good song on here is Hey Bulldog the rest is just OK if not kind of bad just a movie soundtrack with a small selection of songs old and new.

May 5th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

hey bulldog is pretty fucking awesome

May 6th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

Wtf only 4 comments?

Digging: John Coltrane - Ballads

May 10th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

is the movie any good? the album is cool so i dl'd it

June 28th 2013


Album Rating: 1.5

Very bad album.

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July 5th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

Not a true Beatles album.

Hey Bulldog however is one of the most underrated Beatles tracks.

August 18th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

Its all too much is one of the greatest beatles songs.
totally mind blowing

Digging: Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

September 20th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

It's all too much is hella good yeah. I love that tune.

March 16th 2014


I feel that this should be listed under 'compilations'

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March 16th 2014


Hey Bulldog is a great Beatles song.

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

September 22nd 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

"Only a Northern Song" and "It's All Too Much" are such incredibly strong songs. It's a shame that they were never put
onto a serious Beatles effort.

"Hey Bulldog" and "Al Together Now" are cool and all, but they both give off this strong b-side vibe.

All 4 are good nonetheless.

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