Pepperland

Yellow Submarine album artworkWritten by: George Martin
Recorded: 22, 23 October 1968
Producers: George Martin, John Burgess, Ron Richards
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

Released: 17 January 1969 (UK), 13 January 1969 (US)

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Pepperland was part of the score written in 1968 by George Martin for the Yellow Submarine animated film.

The soundtrack's instrumental pieces were performed by the 41-piece George Martin Orchestra at Abbey Road on 22 and 23 October 1968. Martin conducted the players himself, with John Burgess and Ron Richards co-producing.

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Pepperland is the nearest Martin's score gets to a theme tune for the film, with a strong melody repeated a number of times.

The tune contains, uniquely among the Yellow Submarine compositions, a brief piano interlude. It is also notable for the absence of novelty sounds and musical experimentation, which Martin wove into his other pieces to compliment the visual effects in the film.

Pepperland was the opening track on the second side of the Yellow Submarine soundtrack LP, which was released in January 1969.

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3 responses on “Pepperland

  1. Tony

    Random question: A lot of people seem to include this and the other Yellow Submarine works amongst the Beatles official compositions. Since it doesn’t look like group had anything to do with composing these songs, are these considered official Beatles songs?

    1. Joe Post author

      Well they’re official in that they’re on a Beatles album. But in reality, no, they’re just written about here for the sake of completion – I don’t consider them Beatles songs any more than Ken Thorne’s incidental music for Help!, which was released on that US album.

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