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Does Yellow Submarine Count As A Beatles Album?
10 April 2014
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Annadog40
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Isn't the Yellow album basically a sound track album?

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10 April 2014
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Annadog40 said
Isn't the Yellow album basically a sound track album?

Yes. I think the argument is that it only has 4 unreleased (at that time) Beatles tracks and a whole side of orchestral/incidental music from the film. So it's not a REAL Beatles album the way the AHDN and Help! "soundtrack" albums were.

 

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DrBeatle said
YS is a "real" Beatles album, although it's certainly their weakest...only really necessary for the 4 unreleased tracks that were included on it. Still, standing alongside the film (which I love), it's just fine. Weird timing releasing it so soon after the White Album, though. And with that psychedelic imagery (and music) it was already a bit out of date, especially with the back-to-basics sound of the White Album still ruling the charts and sales figures.

Perhaps it was one of those albums released as a 'contractual obligation'?

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There was much debate. An EP similar to MMT double-EP was also seriously considered. It definitely wasn't a contractual on albums though, @trcanberra. Their 1967 contract specified songs they'd deliver, not albums. Part of the argument about the 30 song White Album (okay, 29 song and 1 audio collage) is that they were rushing to fulfil the song requirement element of their contract.

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To me, i see Yellow Submarine as a Beatles album, although not their best due to them thinking the movie would be awful, but i love Northern Song and It's All Too Much, and George Martin's soundtrack! 

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I think it's a genuine soundtrack album, the movie was contractual obligation anyway. It's a bit mind-bending to see its place in the chronology given the original song was release way back on Revolver.

Also, I think we should have a song parodies thread, Zig's work should be recognised for its genius.

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@ewe2 said
...the movie was contractual obligation anyway...

And there's the rub, in that it didn't fulfil their contractual obligation of three films for United Artists. The last minute addition of a live action sequence attempting to disguise the lack of Beatles, or Beatle voices, in the film, made no difference.

And so the disaster of Get Back/Let It Be was turned from a TV project to a UA project, fulfilling their contract for three films.

But that is another, and altogether more complicated, story...

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