Yellow Submarine is the Beatles’ tenth studio album, released on 13 January 1969 in the United States and 17 January 1969 in the United Kingdom. Originally released in 1968, it was the soundtrack to the animated film with the same name. The album contains six Beatles songs, including “Yellow Submarine” and “All You Need Is Love“, both previously released. The remainder of the album is a re-recording of the film’s orchestral soundtrack by the band’s producer, George Martin.
Four new Beatles songs were requested for the film as part of a contractual obligation. Several of the tracks were written and recorded specifically for the soundtrack, while others were unreleased tracks from other projects. The album was recorded before – and released two months after – the band’s self-titled double LP (also known as the “White Album“). An EP containing only the new songs was considered, mastered, but not released. The original mono mixes were later included in the 2009 compilation Mono Masters.
In the UK and US, Yellow Submarine reached the top 5. Music critics have given it mixed reviews, with some deeming it to be below the high standard generally associated with the Beatles. The Yellow Submarine Songtrack was released on the film’s 30th anniversary. Rather than George Martin’s orchestrations, it includes six Beatles songs from the original album, plus nine additional songs from the film, all newly remixed.
- Release date: January 13, 1969
- Genres: Pop music, Instrumental, Classical music, Rock
- Label: Apple
- Length: 39:16
- Studio: EMI and De Lane Lea, London
Yellow Submarine tracklist
SIDE A: SONGS FROM THE FILM
- Yellow Submarine
- Only a Northern Song
- All Together Now
- Hey Bulldog
- It’s All Too Much
- All You Need Is Love
SIDE B: ORCHESTRAL FILM SCORE
- Sea of Time
- Sea of Holes
- Sea of Monsters
- March of the Meanies
- Pepperland Laid Waste
- Yellow Submarine in Pepperland
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