Yellow Submarine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Soundtrack
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The Beatles's soundtrack to the animated feature "Yellow Submarine".
The most dashed-off of the Beatles' records, Yellow Submarine doesn't have much to it: the goofy title track and "All You Need Is Love" are reprised from earlier discs, George Martin's trifle of a score to the animated Submarine feature takes up the second half, and that leaves just four relatively insubstantial new tracks. The Beatles' throwaways are anyone else's classics, though: "Hey Bulldog," the last song Lennon and McCartney wrote in full collaboration, has the instinctive urgency of their best work, Paul's singalong "All Together Now" is awfully cute, and more than one band has dedicated its career to trying to replicate what George's guitars are doing on his dazed, pulsing "It's All Too Much." --Douglas Wolk
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Oh, and btw, since some reviewers boast that they are musicians - and therefore their opinion should matter somehow... I am a musican, Disc Jockey, Radio Programmer and Producer, Record Collector and Beatles fan since I was in diapers and they were in suits. Just saying... Everyone has their own ideas, perceptions, likes and dislikes. This is my background and where I'm coming from. I grew up with this music and I don't like to see it changed because someone wanted to change it. "It's All Too Much" is a great example of a song with fantastic dynamics and a punch, that, on this remixed album, has turned into a bunch of noisy mush without the power and punch of the original. The original could wake you up in the morning and get you going... you couldn't sleep. You'd be up and enjoying the song, singing along... With this new remix, it's like "Eh..." continue sleeping. It's lackluster at best.
On that note, I love the "Love" album. I think the remixes/mashups are great. These are not meant to replace, but as alternate songs. Just a note for comparison.
"Yellow Submarine Songtrack" was released to address this by removing the George Martin-composed interlude music included with the original disc, and instead putting in all of the missing songs. This also includes the songs that only appeared as a fragment - "Love You To" and "Baby You're a Rich Man" are there, but can you find them in the movie? All up, you wind up with 15 songs that span almost the entire Beatles career.
What's more, they've been digitally remastered to boot (preceding the new re-releases of the entire back catalogue by a couple of years!) so if you have a good hi-fi system, your ears will appreciate it too!
Subjective opinions will always vary, but I'd buy this for the following reasons:
1. "I'm mad crazy about the Beatles and I want the best version (for clarity) on my stereo or ipod."
2. "I'm a casual listener, liked "Love" and probably won't buy the albums, but want to hear some more."
P.S. THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS THE YELLOW SUBMARINE ALBUM FROM 2009/1968. THIS HAS 15 SONGS WHICH HAVE BEEN REMIXED AND IS CALLED "THE YELLOW SUBMARINE SONGTRACK" SEE WIKIPEDIA: [...] FOR FULL EXPLANATION.
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Cons: no CD liner lyrics