Saturday, January 1, 2011

Yellow Submarine by The Beatles – ****

First released: 1966

Ringo needed another tune and John and Paul came up with a good one. This is probably the first Beatles-penned Ringo tune that could be considered an all-time classic. The sound effects are what make this song work. Originally appearing on "Revolver", it became the title tune and featured on the soundtrack to the "Yellow Submarine" movie and 1999's "Yellow Submarine Songtrack". It was also part of a double a-side single with "Eleanor Rigby". It also appears on 1973's "1962-1966". It's also on 2000's "1". A demo version appears on the b-side of the "Real Love" CD single in 1996 with different sound effects and a spoken word intro by Ringo.

Different live versions appear on "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Volume 2 Live From Montreux" in 1993, "Ringo Starr and His Third All-Starr Band Volume 1" from 1997, 2000’s "The Anthology…So Far", 2002’s "Ringo & His New All-Starr Band", 2003’s Extended Versions", 2004’s "Live 2003", 2007's "Live at Soundstage", the "Live 2006" album from 2008 and "Live at the Greek Theatre 2008" from 2010.

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