With this month’s release of The Beatles U.S. albums by Capitol Records and my ongoing re-appreciation of the group’s library of songs, I’ve decided to reprise a series arc from the archives. Each a short post of the British albums on The Lads official list.
From these, in the order as they are in 2009’s remastered stereo set, I’ll list their songs from the spotlighted album and pick two:
- the only – if I could only listen to one track, the best song that exemplifies the album, it would be this number
- the one – if I could pick a single tune that doesn’t get either the play or the credit it deserves, it’s this one
Only A Northern Song
All Together Now
It’s All Too Much
All You Need Is Love
Sea Of Time
Sea Of Holes
Sea Of Monsters
March Of The Meanies
Pepperland Laid Waste
Yellow Submarine In Pepperland
17 January 1969 saw the release of the Yellow Submarine album, which was the movie soundtrack to an animated film which had received its UK premiere back in July 1968. As before, only one side of the record contained songs performed by the Beatles. And of those six tracks, only four were new, and the remaining pair came from previous albums.
My Only: All Together Now. I can’t consider the song Yellow Submarine for this category in good conscience since it came out with the Revolver album. So, I picked this lighthearted track — the decision being so much easier here, compared with the White album, with the dearth of original songs on this particular work. Perhaps, I should count the George Martin orchestral tracks and splendid arrangements, but won’t here.
My One: Hey Bulldog. Again, with All You Need Is Love belonging to Magical Mystery Tour, this was another easy selection for me among the remaining (Only A Northern Song, It’s All To Much). Okay, I’ll admit though that I have a fondness for Martin’s Pepperland and Yellow Submarine In Pepperland instrumentals, especially during the holiday season just passed. They’re so darn festive.
What would be your Only and One for this album?
The entire series can be found here.