Yellow Submarine

The Beatles
Yellow Submarine - LP cover Yellow Submarine - LP back
Yellow Submarine - Front Cover Yellow Submarine - Back Cover

Label Apple
Catalogue No.'s PCS 7070 (Stereo)
PMC 7070 (Mono)
CDP 7 46445 2 (C.D.)
Matrix No.'s
 A-side B-Side
Mono :XEX 715-1 XEX 716-1
Stereo:YEX 715 YEX 716
1982 Mono :XEX 715-1 XEX 716-2
Stampers My copy (stereo) has nothing in the run-out groove except the Matrix numbers as above.
Release dates 17th January 1969
24th August 1987 (C.D.)
Total time 39:19
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :1st February 1969
Highest Position :3
Weeks in Chart :
  1 week - 5th September 1987 (CD release, reached No.60)
11 weeks in total
Detail : The Beatles eleventh official album release, and the first to contain non-Beatles material.
The mono version was not a mono mix as such, but rather the stereo tracks combined into one monoaural track.
This album was issued as the soundtrack album of the cartoon file - "Yellow Submarine", although it did not include some of the tracks that were featured in the film (six others !).
The release date was originally planned for December 1968, but due to the success of "The Beatles", this was delayed until mid-January. Of course the success of the double white album was also a factor in the this release being kept off the top slot. Another big factor was the lack of new material, just four new tracks, coupled with an entire side of George Martin's original film score. Thus The Beatles had their second release that failed to reach the upper echelon.

"Yellow Submarine" (the album) spent two weeks at number three, at the same time that "The White Album" was still at number one. And although, as not a big seller world-wide as the usual Beatle fayre it sold 800,000 within three months and topped one million sales before the end of the year.

The film itself, is the first to ever be based on a hit record, but other than the musical content, and a fleeting cameo at the end, the Beatles had nothing to do with the film, even their voices being supplied by actors.
That said, it is still the best musical cartoon film of all time !

The album was also part of "The Beatles Collection" 13 album box set (see Beatles Collection).

On 24th August 1987 this album had it's first release on C.D. which was published in stereo, with a catalogue number of CDP 7 46445 2
And on the same day, the record shop H.M.V. produced a special 12" numbered CD Box Set Comprising:
The C.D. of "Yellow Submarine"
+ A badge
+ A cardboard cut-out Yellow Submarine
+ Informative notes
+ 2 b/w photos
+ The usual cardboard cut-outs
This set had a catalogue number of BEA CD 25/5, and was in a limited edition of 3,000 copies.

The C.D. was also part of "The Beatles Box" 15 C.D. box set (see Beatles C.D. Box).

09/09/09 (Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine) - the album was re-released as part of the Beatles In Stereo Remasters collection.
13th September 2009 it re-entered the chart again at number 89 in the lowest position of SEVENTEEN chart positions The Beatles captured in one amazing week.
         (see the box set detail for the chart position of all 17 titles together)
Being at number 89 this does not officially count towards chart longevity as it is outside the Top 75 and was the only one of the set to not make the chart on it's own steam.
20th September 2009 - it dropped immediately out of the top 100.

Tape Media
The album was released on cassette tape (stereo only) in November 1987 - Catalogue number - TCPCS 7070 (Originally released January 1969).

Side 1

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Yellow Submarine Lennon-McCartney Recorded 26th May 1966 in 5 takes
Sound effects overdubs 1st June 1966 onto take 5
Final mix - take 5.
Only A Northern Song Harrison Recorded 13th February 1967 - 9 takes (backing track only)
Vocal overdubs 14th February 1967 - 3 takes (10-12)
Overdubs 20th April 1967 onto takes 3 & 11, which were then edited together.
Final mix - takes 3 & 11 combined.
All Together Now Lennon-McCartney Recorded 12th May 1967 in 9 takes
Final mix - take 9.
Hey Bulldog Lennon-McCartney Recorded 11th February 1968 in 10 takes
Final mix - take 10.
It's All Too Much Harrison Recorded 25th May 1967 - 4 takes
Vocal overdubs 26th May 1967 onto take 4 creating new takes 1 & 2
Overdubs 2nd June 1967 onto new take 2
Final mix - the new take 2.
All You Need Is Love Lennon-McCartney Recorded 14th June 1967 - 33 takes
Overdubs 19th June onto take 10
Orchestral overdubs 23rd June 1967 takes 34-43 onto take 10
More orchestral overdubs 24th June 1967 takes 44-47 onto take 10
Rehearsal takes 25th June 48-57, the live take being take 58
Final mix - take 58.

Side 2

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Pepperland George Martin Recorded 22nd/23rd October 1968 2:19
Sea Of Time George Martin 2:59
Sea Of Holes George Martin 2:17
Sea Of Monsters George Martin 3:35
March Of The Meanies George Martin 2:17
Pepperland Laid Waste George Martin 2:10
Yellow Submarine in Pepperland Lennon-McCartney arr. Martin 2:10

Released Versions

First pressings (1969) - Mono AND Stereo versions
The standard Apple label.
The label DOES have "Sold in the U.K..." statement.
Red lines above and below the sleeve notes on the rear cover of the flipback sleeve.
Black inner sleeve.
Note that the mono version was not a mono mix as such,
but rather the stereo tracks combined into one monoaural track.
Second Pressings (1969) - Stereo version ONLY
As above, except ...
The label does NOT have "Sold in the U.K..." statement.
Third Pressings (1973) - Stereo version ONLY
Only difference is the sleeve, which is not as above, with a white inner sleeve.
Fourth Pressings (1982) - Mono version ONLY
The Apple is light green and the vinyl is lightweight.
Fifth Pressings (1995) - Stereo version ONLY
Standard Apple label.
The sleeve has a printed statement which reads:
"This album has been Direct Metal Mastered From a Digitally Re-mastered Original Tape to give the best possible sound quality"
This release is (surprisingly) on a lightweight vinyl.

My copy was definitely bought on the original release date, and yet it is PCSJ 7070
It is on a green Parlophone label.
I believe it is a pressing that was destined for South Africa, but was issued locally.
The label on my copy :

Yellow Submarine - Label

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