Yellow Submarine Songtrack

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Yellow Submarine Songtrack
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Soundtrack album / compilation album by the Beatles
Released13 September 1999
Recorded1965–1968 at EMI, Olympic and De Lane Lea studios, London
GenrePsychedelic rock
Length45:38
LabelApple, Capitol, EMI
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles chronology
Anthology 3
(1996)
Yellow Submarine Songtrack
(1999)
1
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Blender3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Goldmine5/5 stars[4]
Mojo(favourable)[5]
Q4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]
Wall of Sound95/100[8]

Yellow Submarine Songtrack is a compilation/soundtrack album by the Beatles for the 1999 re-release of the 1968 film Yellow Submarine. The film was re-released on 13 September 1999 in the United Kingdom and the following day in the United States. In sharp contrast with other Beatles remasters available, the songs were fully remixed by Peter Cobbin at Abbey Road from the original multitrack tapes, something not done for the original CD release of the Beatles catalogue in the late 1980s (except for Help! and Rubber Soul), nor the 2009 remastered albums.

This album contains all but one of the Beatles songs used in the film, including several that were not included on the original 1969 Yellow Submarine album. The extra tracks replaced the George Martin film score from the original release, while Martin's complete score was included as a DVD audio track in the CD/DVD package featuring the album and film.

The album debuted in the UK charts at number 8, selling 19,000 copies in its first week. It also peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200, with 68,000 copies sold in its opening week. In France the album debuted at number 13.

The album was reissued on CD on 4 June 2012 (5 June in North America) along with the film restored for DVD and Blu-ray release. While the original 1999 release was in a jewel-case, the 2012 version was released in a card sleeve, with the booklet and catalog numbers the same as the earlier version, with a 1999 copyright date on the disc, and a 2012 date on the card sleeve. The sleeve was in the same format as the Beatles 2009 remasters, being slightly rectangular with "The Beatles" logo in the left hand side of the cover.

Structure[edit]

The remixed tracks of the album feature many alterations and adjustments from the original stereo recordings.[9] Almost all of The Beatles songs included in the film are on Yellow Submarine Songtrack. An exception is "A Day in the Life", which was not included because EMI did not want too many songs from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The title track, "Yellow Submarine", contains the line "a life of ease" from John Lennon that had been missing in prior stereo mixes of the song. The replies from Lennon to the main lyric are gradually panned and faded from the right side of the stereo field to the left. The sound effects in this version are also more pronounced.

"Hey Bulldog" was entirely recorded on only one four-track tape. The piano and drum performances were recorded together onto one track and were inseparable for a new mix. They remain on the left audio channel while the vocals and the snare overdubs performed by Ringo Starr are centred.

The automatic double tracking that possibly erroneously continued into the first verse on the 1966 stereo version of "Eleanor Rigby" was corrected in the 1999 remix. Additionally, the string octet is separated in a similar fashion to the Anthology 2 instrumental. The vocals by Paul McCartney are centred and slightly out of synch to the orchestration on this mix.

The prior stereo version of "Love You To" contains a shorter fade than the initial mono recording. This shortening is retained in the Songtrack version.

Acoustic guitars and percussion are situated at the left channel for the new mix of "All Together Now". McCartney and Lennon's vocals are centred while the chorus is split across the left and right. The background vocals heard on the second verse are more audible and the guitar is clearer.

The Songtrack version of "Only a Northern Song" marked the appearance of the song for the first time in true stereo. The original 1969 stereo album featured a synthesised Duophonic variant of the original mono version. A stereo mix of this song also appeared on the Anthology 2 compilation album, but was made up of alternative takes featuring different overdubs and lyrics.

Additional promotion[edit]

A number of unique promotions were launched to accompany the re-release of Yellow Submarine in 1999. These include a commemorative postage stamp series, action figures of the main characters and wide variety of assorted Yellow Submarine merchandise, such as mousepads.

Eurostar trains were painted in Yellow Submarine motif. In addition, a life-size yellow submarine was taken out on a publicity tour across the globe.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lennon-McCartney, except tracks 4, 7, 11 and 15 written by George Harrison.

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Yellow Submarine"Ringo Starr2:38
2."Hey Bulldog"John Lennon (with Paul McCartney)3:14
3."Eleanor Rigby"Paul McCartney2:06
4."Love You To"George Harrison3:01
5."All Together Now"Paul McCartney (with John Lennon)2:10
6."Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"John Lennon3:28
7."Think for Yourself"George Harrison2:18
8."Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"Paul McCartney (with John Lennon and George Harrison)2:02
9."With a Little Help from My Friends"Ringo Starr2:44
10."Baby, You're a Rich Man"John Lennon3:03
11."Only a Northern Song"George Harrison3:27
12."All You Need Is Love"John Lennon3:57
13."When I'm Sixty-Four"Paul McCartney2:37
14."Nowhere Man"John Lennon (with Paul McCartney and George Harrison)2:44
15."It's All Too Much"George Harrison6:28

The CD/DVD package[citation needed] contains the album, as well as a DVD of the film with a remixed and remastered soundtrack, the original 1968 mono film soundtrack, and an isolated track of George Martin's complete score.

This album was also available on a yellow vinyl LP, with tracks 1–9 on side one and 10–15 on side two.

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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