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Yellow Submarine [Songtrack CD]
     

Yellow Submarine [Songtrack CD]

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by The Beatles
 

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Thirty years after the first invasion of Pepperland by the Blue Meanies, the irrepressible Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has resurfaced from the loam to save us from the gray, loveless world of the greedy gloved establishment. Well, all right! But the big question is this: Are the Fab Four hitching a ride in a brand new Yellow Submarine, or are they

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Thirty years after the first invasion of Pepperland by the Blue Meanies, the irrepressible Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has resurfaced from the loam to save us from the gray, loveless world of the greedy gloved establishment. Well, all right! But the big question is this: Are the Fab Four hitching a ride in a brand new Yellow Submarine, or are they towing the same old boat in a new (wet) suit? The answer: A little of both. Unlike the original '69 release, this "songtrack" contains all the Beatles songs used in the film -- five of which were exclusive to the movie, plus ten that original appeared on Sgt. Pepper's, Magical Mystery Tour, and Revolver. Missing are the seven original (and quite stuffy) George Martin orchestrations. Of the five Yellow Sub exclusives, only the salty, Lennon-driven "Hey Bulldog" rises to usual Beatle standards, though aficionados will enjoy the film version of "It's All Too Much," with its extra verse. Digitally re-mastered to create "wraparound" sound (a novel change from the extreme left-right stereo separation typical of Beatle records) and the song score does succeed as it was intended -- as a cool trip for groovy kids. Fans will also want to revisit the film, now on DVD, which stands as a brilliant vestige of the era's best psychedelic art.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Admittedly, the soundtrack to Yellow Submarine wasn't one of the highlights in the Beatles' catalog, so providing an official alternate version of it is no big deal. The soundtrack always felt cobbled together, because it was. It only contained four new songs -- two of which were written by Harrison, which indicates how seriously Lennon and McCartney took the project, if their enjoyable throwaways ("Hey Bulldog" and "All Together Now," respectively) didn't provide enough of a clue -- plus two previously released songs ("All You Need Is Love," "Yellow Submarine") and a side of George Martin instrumentals from the film's score. The Beatles never assembled a slighter album while they were active, so it wasn't a sacrilege when their organization decided to assemble a "songtrack" -- a soundtrack that featured only the songs in the film, not any of the instrumentals -- to coincide with the re-release of the film in 1999. In a way, the "songtrack" (which is what the Beatles' associates insisted on calling the new effort) is an improvement on the soundtrack since it eliminates dead weight and strengthens the original six songs with nine songs featured in the movie ("Eleanor Rigby," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," etc.). It's a little jarring not to hear the songs from the soundtrack in a different order on the songtrack, but ultimately the record is entertaining, if a bit familiar. That's not the case with the sound, though. The Beatles have decided to make this the first remixed CD in their catalog. The differences are slight but often notable and never really an improvement; as a matter of fact, it could likely be enough to irk, possibly anger, longtime Beatlemaniacs. It helps distinguish the Yellow Submarine "songtrack" as much as the new sequencing.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724352148127
catalogNumber:
21481
Rank:
69524

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Yellow Submarine [Songtrack CD] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
With the addition of the songs from Sgt. Pepper, Revolver and Rubber Soul this easily becomes one of the best beatles albums released!
I-C-Moose More than 1 year ago
What can one say? There's no other group like them and there never will be. I've loved them since I was 10-years old and saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. I give this cd the highest rating..."Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some of the greastest songs you will ever here in your life
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sure the original 'Yellow Submarine' album was lackluster - four original tracks, two older ones, and a whole side of George Martin soundtrack music, presented as a Beatles album. But it had two essential slabs of psychedelia ("It's All Too Much" and "Only a Northern Song"), a great hard rocker ("Hey Bullbog") and one nice ditty ("All Together Now") that comprised the four new tracks. Fast forward to 1999, and now you can get those four songs, plus all the other songs that appeared in the 'Yellow Submarine' film (title track and "All You Need is Love", which were on the original 1969 LP, plus now all the others including "Nowhere Man", "Think for Yourself", "Sgt. Pepper's/With a Little Help From My Friends", "Eleanor Rigby" and more) all in glorious remixed and remastered sound, better than you've ever heard any of these tracks on previous Beatles CDs or LPs. If the mastering of the 'Yellow Submarine Songtrack' is an indication of what will eventually be re-released CD's, that will be a good thing since the catalog needs to be updated and improved sound-wise. (In fact the '1' compilation has improved sound over the original CDs too)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is great, with most of the best beatles songs
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sure! We've all heard these timeless ditties, perhaps hundreds of times. But what's really new here, is this noticeably improved stereo-mix and sound quality using the latest cutting edge of digital technology. This allowed the EMI/Abbey Road sound professionals to go back to the original session tapes and actually separate each instrument and voice into new individual digital tracks and re-mix from there, even though these songs weren't recorded this way!! Strickenly notable are ''It's All Too Much'',''Nowhere Man''and ''Yellow Submarine''. The bottom line,is that this CD is a treat and now a ''must have'' even for the fanatic veteran Beatle-phile. These songs simply have never sounded so great! Hope is, that a similiar ''digital face lift'' using this new technology will take place on the entire Beatles catalog. Please buy!... No!, I'm begging! ...Buy this CD!
Annoyingguy More than 1 year ago
I am not a very big Beatles fan, and I only like 30% of their songs. This great album brings a bunch of the songs I like into one album, and the sound quality is great. The songs range from OK to GREAT in my opinion.I love the 4 new songs especially HEY BULLDOG which is one of my top favorite songs. In Most Beatles albums, I only like 1% to 20% of the songs, and in this one, 90% of the songs I like. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Beatles fan and I hate to ever give them a negative review, however, I do not think that this version of the classic “Yellow Submarine” album is NOT the one to buy. I have two problems with this release. 1.) George Martin’s wonderful film score has been cut from the album and 2.) the entire CD has been remixed and remastered. I am not a fan of the new sound. The original 1987 CD is the exact same mix that was first released on vinyl back in 1968. That album is much truer to the Beatles original intent. It is a warmer sound. The newer mixes are much louder, tinny and harsh sounding. Don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means a Beatles purist. I am a huge fan of the Beatles “Love” album. Where that album gives us something fresh, bold and new, “Yellow Submarine Songtrack” is merely a repackaging of an old familiar LP with sound quality that is sub par. It is utterly redundant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago