As with everything these days about The Beatles, we all seem to know what happened, musically and personally. But assessing this songtrack is really assessing the specially penned tracks for the original LP and Film. Except there is a story here...
Hey Bulldog, once described by Steve Wright on TOTP2 in 1999 as "the undiscovered Beatles classic" was actually destined as the single release whose slot was taken by Lady Madonna! Hence the promo for Lady Madonna being the actual promo film for Hey Bulldog!!! (Are you with me?)... Lady Madonna is the most understated and least regarded of all the Beatles single but it is an incredible recording. But back to Hey Bulldog, this is the real maccoy, real deal. It is the Beatles doing what they know best; JAMMING well together and totally emersed.
It's All Too Much must rank as one of the greatest psychadelia recordings of the sixties. As Jeremy is turning to the delight of colour and flowers circuling in the film's final scene, George Harrison gives a monumental vocal performance. It's lyric is very Harrison, but the whole song fits hand in glove (if you pardon the pun to the film again!!!)... Harrison was already working on the song before the film's commencement with customary no working title!
All Together Now is such a happy song, it can grace any party. Enjoy.
Only a Northern Song (another Harrison gem) was heading for Sgt Pepper LP, and was completed ahead of some other songs that made it to Sgt Pepper. It was rejected from Sgt Pepper rather harshly and revived for this project.
So, dear people, only All Together Now can actually claim to have been specially penned for Yellow Submarine... The others were ready with demos in the can!
But this CD is good, very very good and wonderfully remastered to boot.