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The Beatles - Yellow Submarine Songtrack

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Scan submitted/created by [Vadim Legkokonets (udd@public.ua.net)]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Apple/Capitol
Reference :CDP 724 5 21481 2 7
Date :1999
Made In :
Quality :Excellent
Booklet & packaging :
Total duration: 45:38


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Yellow Submarine(Lennon/McCartney)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Hey Bulldog(Lennon/McCartney)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Eleanor Rigby(Lennon/McCartney)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Love You To(Harrison)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
All Together Now(Lennon/McCartney)
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Take 9 RS? '99
12 May 1967
The Beatles
Acoustic guitars on left channel, Paul & John voices are in the middle, percussions on left channel, chorus on left and right channel.
Voices are more in front (you can hear clearly background vocals during the second verse - something much less audible on the previously released mix.)
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds(Lennon/McCartney)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Think For Yourself(Harrison)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band(Lennon/McCartney)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
With A Little Help From My Friends(Lennon/McCartney)
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Take 11 RS'99
30 Mar 1967
The Beatles
Baby You're A Rich Man(Lennon/McCartney)
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Take 2 RS? '99
11 May 1967
The Beatles
Only A Northern Song(Harrison)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
All You Need Is Love(Lennon/McCartney)
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Take 58 RS? '99
25 Jun 1967
The Beatles
When I'm Sixty-Four(Lennon/McCartney)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
Nowhere Man(Lennon/McCartney)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
It's All Too Much(Harrison)
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YS Alternate Mix
(date unknown)
The Beatles
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Review by: C Moon, OobuJoobuMama@webtv.netOn 15 May 2000
'Songtrack' is a spin-off from the remastering for DVD release of "'Yellow Submarine,' The Beatles' 1968 animated feature. 'Yellow Submarine,' the album, has never before existed in the configuration found here. The original album included only six Beatle songs (two of them available elsewhere) and a side's worth of George Martin's orchestral film score. 'Songtrack' omits the orchestral music and augments the original release with tracks from 'Rubber Soul,' 'Revolver,' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' and 'Magical Mystery Tour,' all of which appeared on the film soundtrack itself. The songs have been remixed, spectacularly for the most part, by Peter Cobbin, both in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and in conventional stereo.

From a purists point of view, in matters touching on this material, one would like to see the catalog remixed to take advantage of technical advances that have taken place since The Beatles' CDs were first released, in 1987; but you would want the remixes to mirror the original instrumental and vocal placements. The sound in other words, should be improved, but history should not otherwise be tampered with. That was essentially the approach that George Martin took in his 1987 CD remixes of 'Help!' and 'Rubber Soul,' although even there, his slathering-on of digital reverb on some tracks contravened the aesthetic goal.

This 'Songtrack' is proof that the 'don't change history' approach is woefully in error. Granted, the mixing style that prevailed in the 1960s is distinctly of its time, and if the early stereo mixes are fly-by-wire, by today's standards, they have always had a certain antiquarian charm. But Peter Cobbin's remixes of Martin's remastered original recordings draw attention to many of the brillant touches Martin's production added to the overall image.

Purely in sonic terms these are a breakthrough. In remixing these 15 songs, Cobbin had access to the multi-track masters, and in some cases he had immensely greater flexibility than The Beatles and George Martin had when they did the original mixes. The Beatles and Martin went through many generations of tape, to create the dense tracks they're justly famous for. Their method was to fill a four-track tape, mix down to one track of a second tape, fill that up, mix again, and keep adding. In preparing the final mixes, back then, they were unable to second-guess their earlier mixing decisions. But all the component tracks were archived, so Cobbin was able to transfer them to a multi-track digital master. Now all the tracks were first-generation, and Cobbin could reconsider their placements. He exults in revealing the behind-the-scenes workmanship. Vocals are delicately untangled and given enough distance to be individually recognizable, instrumental parts are tucked and rearran!
ged on the soundscape. You not only get a more solid sense of what the other Beatles admired about Ringo's drumming, but you hear the zaniness of the interplay between Lennon and McCartney.

The original mixes of the title track and 'Hey Bulldog' sound shockingly crude when heard side by side with the remixes. Ringo's tom-toms on the last verse of 'Yellow Submarine' thump with newfound clarity. 'Hey Bulldog' is revealed as a classic. The jigsaw nature of the piano, guitar, and bass parts comprising the song's first verse are presented in jewel-like foil. McCartney's spectacular bass line stands out with awesome presence, proving Paul to be an inspired bass player.

The double string quartet arrangement on 'Eleanor Riby' takes on warmth, particularly against the fuller vocal harmonies. Originally the arrangement was a single mono track placed dead center in the mix, with Paul's lead vocal panned hard right. In the new mix, the double string quartet is spread across the soundstage, "behind" and around Paul's vocal, which now occupies the central position. The difference ain't subtle. The music now surrounds the listener.

On 'Love You To,' George Harrison's vocal is moved foward in this new mix, but yet sounds warmer than the original. In fact the song as a whole has a warmer feel. The Indian instruments are placed in different positions across the soundstage. They are less entangled, individual lines are heard; the musicians sound tighter, creating a more coherent sound.

'All Together Now,' never considered one of The Beatles' best tracks, now becomes a great moment in this new form. In the old version Paul's vocal was hard right, John's centered. In the new, Paul's and John's vocals are both centered - and how about those handclaps! The song now has a surprising textural complexity, thanks to percussion overlays that are only barely audible in the original mix, and now have presence without seeming overpowering.

'Think For Yourself,' presented here, deconstructs the simple brilliance of Martin's approach to the band's basic sound, isolating guitar, vocals and rhythm as coloristic elements, which produced a monolithic illusion on more primitive equipment, but were actually assembled with the precision of a watchmaker.

The Sgt. Pepper songs - The title track, 'With A Little Help From My Friends,' 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,' and 'When I'm Sixty Four' are cut hotter than on the Martin remaster. In truth, Cobbin did not go overboard on the Pepper tracks. There is a greater sense of instrumental profiles, but unlike, say 'Eleanor Rigby' or 'Nowhere Man,' the placement changes are fairly subtle. One appreciates them nevertheless: In 'With A Little Help From My Friends,' for example, the guitar and piano were mixed together on the original. Newly seperated, one can hear each of the lines more clearly. Also, the woodwinds on 'When I'm Sixty Four' are wonderfully full-figured. Although several of the songs included are represented in the film by as little as a single line of a lyric, 'A Day In The Life,' is absent, despite the prominent inclusion of one of its orchestral crescendos in the movie.

On 'Baby Your A Rich Man,' Cobbin seems to have been unable to reproduce the processing on the piano sound in the original, so here the piano is plain and a little too recessed. Imagine that, unable to reproduce, on todays state of the art equipment, an effect produced all those years ago.

George Harrison's 'Only A Northern Song,' previously available only in a muddy mono mix, the original coda of which sounds intentionally cluttered (because the effects mixing was to complex to replicate in stereo, at the time), is now dazzlingly clear and in full stereo. It is now revealed to have layers of surrealist sound, anticipating the 'White Album.'

'All You Need Is Love' has much added reverb here, but getting away from the panned hard left, hard rigth mix of the original, this new configuration is more pleasing to the ears.

'Nowhere Man' is another great moment in this collection. The original (and also Martin's 1987 remix) puts the vocals all on one channel, the instruments on the other; the first thing you hear on the remix is the opening unaccompanied vocal harmonies spread across the soundstage. The instruments, too, are put in a far more expansive stereo perspective.

Songtrack ends with the anthemic 'It's All Too Much,' with its handclap rhythm track and a magnificent extended guitar solo pitched against a honking bass figure. The coda features heraldic trumpets, overlaid guitar lines, and multiple vocals, grunts, and handclaps in a orgiastic illustration of the slogan "Too much ain't enough!"

There is simply no contest, by comparison the 'Songtrack' versions of these songs is the better musical experience, history notwithstanding.
Review by: Andrew Wild,On 31 May 2000
I agree with him !
Review by: Chris, applebeatle@hotmail.comOn 05 Sep 2000
1999 Remix is the best Hey Bulldog has never sounded Better!!!
Review by: Dan Ryan, danandlani@worldnet.att.netOn 17 Nov 2001
My only complaint is that the songs from Sgt. Peppers sound better in mono. Nowhere Man sounds great.
Review by: James, Westfield60@hotmail.comOn 02 Dec 2001
I love the clarity and sharpness in this album. Hey Bulldog is magnificent. I was picking up stuff I had never heard before in these songs. I wish they would remaster all of the beatles albums in this fashion.
Review by: Sneaky PeteOn 17 Jan 2003 at 15:24 CEST
Beatifully remixed especially on the rockier tracks like "It's All Too Much". My only criticism is that the remix emphasise the wide stereo separation at the start of AYNIL.

Fabs, take note this is what we mean by 'better quality sound'!
Review by: BixxOn 21 Dec 2003 at 20:28 CEST
Memo to EMI: Give all The Beatles tapes to these guys for immediate remixing/remastering/rereleasing. Hell give them the Capitol stuff too. Ban George Martin from ever touching Beatle tapes again. Nice Work dudes!
Review by: TPIMasterOn 12 Jul 2005 at 11:25 CEST
Bixx: This cd is produced by George Martin :P. Very good sound, that's what I call a remaster.
Review by: easyriderOn 16 Oct 2007 at 12:23 CEST
Great sound and remixed.
Review by: montequiOn 22 Jan 2008 at 22:08 CEST
Ok, I'm updating my comment on this. The 4 extra Yellow Submarine songs on here sound very good, but the Sgt. Pepper remasters are a waste of time. Get the Dr. Ebbetts Blue Box copy for that. It blows this away.

"All You Need Is Love" has too much echo. It's on the brass, strings, AND vocals. The whole thing is too echoey.

Most of the other songs suffer from the fact that the drums is very loud and prominent at the expense of the other instruments. If you like loud vocals and drums, you'll like these mixes. If you like hearing other instruments (like piano, which is missing from almost every song that it's in on the Martin mixes), then skip this.
Review by: beatlesgeekOn 08 Jun 2008 at 04:38 CEST
This is my favorite Beatles era and the remixing really does it justice. I hope the new remixed,remastered releases sound this good(if they're ever released,that is). I wish "A Day in the Life" had been included,as well as the full length version of "It's All Too Much". Heck,they probably could have fit the George Martin stuff on here,too.
Review by: tragical history tourOn 03 Jul 2008 at 01:35 CEST
I agree with "A Day in the Life" and "It's All Too Much," as well as the George Martin material. They're all so great. Anyways, even though it's not spotless, it's still necessary. Frankly, "Only a Northern Song" and "It's All Too Much," two of George's best songs, sucked in fake stereo. Here, they're the real deal. Many songs were great, but so much ended up in the center. If you want a wide stereo mix, get the other stuff, like "Sgt. Pepper" and "Rubber Soul." They did a pretty good job, though, so it's pretty good. I just hope they remix all of their songs into awesome 5.1 SACD/CD hybrids.
Review by: m18r18On 05 Jul 2008 at 03:40 CEST
The remix of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is terrible. The other songs, however, are well represented as good examples of how songs should be remastered in the twenty-first century. One can only hope that in the next year or two EMI and Apple remaster the rest of the catalog in this fashion.
Review by: HusbandDaddyOn 02 Sep 2009 at 11:57 CEST
Well here it is.... one week before the major release of the STEREO & MONO remasters. I'm glad to see them and hope they will be good. This release is a minimalist treatment of the remasters.. minimal processing and basic editing and fixing but otherwise a promise to let the masters breathe and give us more depth and quality so we'll see how it goes. I'd have liked it if a multichannel remastering onto DVD-A or Blu-Ray had been in the offing or a release of a longer more inclusive version of "Let It Be" but the possibility of both projects went by the wayside and this is what we've got for this year. Well here goes!

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Filename: yelowsub
Originally filled by: TheRutles
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2001 23:59:59
Last filled by: François Vander Linden, beatleg@easynet.be
Last Revision Date : 30 Jul 2001 00:00:00
Online on : 16 Dec 2001
Type of media: Official CD

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