The Beatles -- ‘Yellow Submarine’

Yellow Submarine (2.41)

Ringo Starr: Lead vocal, drums; John Lennon: Backing vocal, acoustic guitar; Paul McCartney: Backing vocal, acoustic guitar; George Harrison: Backing vocal, tambourine; Bass drum: Mal Evans; Chorus: Mal Evans, Neil Aspinall, George Martin, Geoff Emerick, Patti Harrison, Brian Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Alf Bicknell

The ‘Yellow Submarine’ session turned into a little party. Mal Evans was marching round with a big bass drum strapped to his chest, and everyone was doing the conga and shouting out “We all live in a yellow submarine!” Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones was there as well, and you can hear him chinking some champagne glasses. Patti Harrison and Marianne Faithfull attended too, along with their driver Alf Bicknell.

There’s quite a few different versions of the song floating around. The mono version is considerably different from the stereo version, because John shouts out his Ringo repeats one line sooner, and a little bit louder. There’s also an intersting edit on the ‘Real Love’ single, which features a spoken introduction (see below).

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Spoken introduction version Yellow Submarine (2.48)

An interesting edit has been released on the back of the ‘Real Love’ single, which shows how they originally planned a spoken passage at the start.

It starts with the sound of marching feet (done by shaking some coal in a box), and then Ringo intones: “And we will march to free the day, to see them gathered there/From Land O’Groats to John O’Green, from Stepney to Utrecht/To see a yellow submarine”.

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