It's All Too Much (Remastered 2009)
The remaining tracks were previously unreleased songs first heard in the film. Two were written by George Harrison: “It’s Only a Northern Song” from the Sgt. Pepper sessions (it had been replaced by his song “Within You Without You”) and “It’s All Too Much,” recorded on May 25, 1967, a week before Sgt. Pepper was released. It was around that time The Beatles signed up to provide songs for the movie and the sing-a-long catchiness of “All Together Now” proved perfect for the finale of Yellow Submarine. As John Lennon recalled, during the latter part of the film’s production “they wanted another song so I knocked off ‘Hey Bulldog.’ It’s a good-sounding record that means nothing.” (A typical Lennon understatement.) This outstanding example of how hard The Beatles could rock together was recorded, overdubbed and mixed in a single 10-hour session on February 11, 1968.
Directed by George Dunning, the innovative animation of Yellow Submarine evoked the psychedelic spirit of Sgt. Pepper to show the triumph of love over evil. As George observed: “That film works for every generation -- every baby, three or four years old, goes through Yellow Submarine.” It’s an apt illustration of how easily children fall under the spell of The Beatles’ music -- a melodic force more powerful than all the sour Blue Meanies of the world.