All Together Now

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"All Together Now"
All Together Now cover.jpg
1972 German picture sleeve
Song by the Beatles
from the album Yellow Submarine
Released
  • 13 January 1969 (1969-01-13) (US)
  • 17 January 1969 (UK)
Recorded12 May 1967
StudioEMI, London
Genre
Length2:10
LabelApple
Songwriter(s)Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s)George Martin

"All Together Now" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles written primarily by Paul McCartney[1][2] and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. The song was recorded during the band's Magical Mystery Tour period, but remained unreleased until it was included on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack.[3] It was released as a single in 1972 in European countries such as France and Germany, backed by "Hey Bulldog.”

Background[edit]

McCartney described the song as a children's sing-along with the title phrase inspired by the music hall tradition of asking the audience to join in.[1] He also described a "subcurrent" in the song, a dual-meaning where "we are all together now.”[1] According to music critic Tom Maginnis of AllMusic, McCartney created the song "to match the same light-hearted spirit" of "Yellow Submarine".[4]

Recording[edit]

The track was recorded on 12 May 1967 at EMI Studios and mixed the same day, but was not released until 13 January 1969, when it appeared on the soundtrack album.[3] George Martin was absent from this session, leaving recording engineer Geoff Emerick in charge of the control room.[5] The song took less than six hours to record and was recorded in nine takes, the last of which was selected for overdubs.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel according to Ian MacDonald[3]

Mark Lewisohn reported that the "party-style" backing vocals were provided by "whoever happened to be around".[5]

Appearances and performances[edit]

"All Together Now" appears in an animated sequence in the film Yellow Submarine, and is also introduced by the Beatles themselves in a final live-action scene of the film. During the latter scene, translations of "All Together Now" into various languages appear written on-screen.

Paul McCartney performed the song live for the first time by any Beatle on 4 May 2013 at the Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He subsequently played it throughout his 2013–15 Out There tour.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 16

Cover versions[edit]

"All Together Now" has been covered by various artists. Versions intended for children have been released by the Sugarbeats,[7] the Bingo Kids,[8] and others.[9][10]

André 3000 of the duo OutKast covered the song for a Nike commercial that ran during the 2010 NBA Finals. The song was released on digital streaming platforms in 2010 via Arista Records,[11] and received a 5,000-copy limited release on a seven-inch record single on April 22, 2017 via Legacy Recordings for Record Store Day.[12]

In May 2020, singer Lizzo covered the song for a commercial for Facebook's Messenger Rooms product.[13]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Miles, Barry (1998). Many Years From Now. Vintage Books. p. 481.
  2. ^ Sheff 2000, p. 201.
  3. ^ a b c MacDonald 2005, p. 259.
  4. ^ Maginnis 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Lewisohn 1988, p. 112.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Beatles – All Together Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  7. ^ Phares 2009a.
  8. ^ Allmusic 2009a.
  9. ^ Phares 2009b.
  10. ^ Allmusic 2009b.
  11. ^ "All Together Now". spotify.com. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  12. ^ "André 3000 Releasing Beatles Cover on New 7" - Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  13. ^ David Griner (19 May 2020). "Lizzo Covers The Beatles for Facebook's Ad Launching Messenger Rooms". AdWeek. Retrieved 13 June 2020.

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