It's Only Love
|"It's Only Love"|
|Song by the Beatles|
|from the album Help!|
|Released||6 August 1965|
|Recorded||15 June 1965
EMI Studios, London
"It's Only Love" is a song written mostly by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was first released by the Beatles in 1965, on the Help! album in the United Kingdom, and on the Rubber Soul album in the United States.
Background and composition
In his 1997 biography Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, McCartney said of the song: "Sometimes we didn't fight it if the lyric came out rather bland on some of those filler songs like 'It's Only Love'. If a lyric was really bad we'd edit it, but we weren't that fussy about it, because it's only a rock 'n' roll song. I mean, this is not literature."[dubious ]
The Beatles recorded "It's Only Love" on 15 June 1965. They recorded six takes of the rhythm track, although two of these were incomplete. Lennon overdubbed his vocals onto the final take, and George Harrison recorded a guitar part with a tremolo effect.
- John Lennon – double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar
- Paul McCartney – bass guitar
- George Harrison – lead guitars
- Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine