UK release date:
Jul 07, 1967
Publisher:
Parlophone
Reference:
R 5620

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Track list

Side 1


1.

All You Need Is Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:02 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Double bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Banjo, Harpsichord, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Guitar, Violin
George Martin :
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Eric Clapton :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
Mike McCartney / McGear :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
Mal Evans :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
Sidney Sax :
Violin
Pattie Boyd / Harrison :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
Marianne Faithfull :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
David Mason :
Trumpet
Lionel Ross :
Cello
Eddie Kramer :
Recording engineer
Mick Jagger :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
Patrick Halling :
Violin
Eric Bowie :
Violin
John Ronayne :
Violin
Jack Holmes :
Cello
Rex Morris :
Tenor saxophone
Don Honeywill :
Tenor saxophone
Stanley Woods :
Trumpet
Evan Watkins :
Trombone
Harry Spain :
Trombone
Jack Emblow :
Accordion
Keith Richards :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
Jane Asher :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
Keith Moon :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
Hunter Davies :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
Gary Leeds :
Backing vocals, Handclaps
Mike Vickers :
Conductor
Rose Nash :
Backing vocals, Handclaps

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1967
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
Jun 19, 23, 24, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 25, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 26, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Side 2


1.

Baby, You're A Rich Man

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:04 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano, Rhythm guitar, Tambourine
Ringo Starr :
Backing vocals, Drums, Handclaps (?)
John Lennon :
Clavioline, Handclaps (?), Lead vocals, Piano
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Handclaps (?), Lead guitar, Maracas
George Martin :
Producer
Keith Grant :
Recording engineer
Eddie Kramer :
Vibraphone
Mick Jagger :
Backing vocals (?), Handclaps (?)

Session Recording:
May 11, 1967
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
May 11, 1967
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
May 11, 1967
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

About

From Wikipedia:

“All You Need Is Love” was issued in the UK on 7 July 1967, on EMI’s Parlophone label, with “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” as the B-side. The US release, on Capitol Records, took place on 17 July. In his contemporary review for Melody Maker, Nick Jones said the Beatles represented the “progressive avant-garde” in their approach to singles releases, and that “All You Need Is Love” was “another milestone in their very phenomenal career”. He described the song as a “cool, calculated contagious Beatles singsong” that was more immediate than “Strawberry Fields Forever“, and concluded: “The message is ‘love’ and I hope everyone in the whole wide world manages to get it.” The single entered the Record Retailer chart (subsequently the UK Singles Chart) at number 2 before topping the listings for three weeks. In the US, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a week. The song was a number 1 hit in many other countries. It was also the subject of a copyright dispute between EMI and KPM, the publisher of “In the Mood”, later in July. Since Martin had not checked the copyright status of Miller’s piece before incorporating it into the coda, EMI were obliged to pay royalties to KPM. On 11 September, “All You Need Is Love” was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The single coincided with the height of the Beatles’ popularity and influence during the 1960s, following the release of Sgt. Pepper. In his retrospective feature on the song in Rolling Stone, Gavin Edwards writes that “All You Need Is Love” provided “the sing-song anthem for the Summer of Love, with a sentiment that was simple but profound”. According to historian David Simonelli, such was the band’s international influence, it was the song that formally announced the arrival of flower power ideology as a mainstream concept. The Beatles followed up the utopian spirit of Our World in their activities over July and August, during their first summer free of tour commitments. In late July, the band investigated the possibility of buying a Greek island with a view to setting up a hippie-style commune for themselves and members of their inner circle. After sailing around the Aegean Sea and approving a location on the island of Leslo, the Beatles decided against the idea and returned to London. In early August, Harrison and a small entourage made a well-publicised visit to the international hippie capital of Haight-Ashbury, in San Francisco.


From Disc And Music Echo – July 8, 1967

BEATLES PLAN NEW SINGLE

THE Beatles have now recorded a total of five tracks since the completion of their “Sgt. Pepper” album. Two or three more titles will be cut this month, and these — together with the song which they are writing specially for the world-wide TV hook-up on June 25 — will form a pool from which the two numbers for their next single will be selected. It is tentatively planned to have a new Beatles single on the market next month.

The new Beatles’ album enters the NME Chart at No. 26 this week, despite the fact that it was not officially released until yesterday (Thursday). This is because EMI has been making an advance limited distribution, and the disc has been available in some areas for a week.

From New Musical Express – June 3, 1967
From New Musical Express – June 3, 1967

BEATLES’ NEW SINGLE

A SURPRISE new single from the Beatles! It’s called “All You Need Is Love”, the Lennon and McCartney song they wrote for the Our World TV spectacular screened last Sunday. Release date is July 7.

Tapes were rushed to New York within 48 hours of the Sunday night recording session. Parlophone plans to have copies in all British shops within two weeks.

The second side of the single is called “Baby You’re A Rich Man”, another Lennon and McCartney song originally intended for the soundtrack of the Beatles’ cartoon film now in production called Yellow Submarine.

The Beatles are backed by 13 session men and John added his final vocal tracks during the live TV transmission. It was the first time Lennon and McCartney have written a new composition for a specific occasion — a historic TV production seen by 400,000,000 people in 24 countries.

Both songs feature John, Paul and George dividing vocal work, although John takes the lead.

Their last single “Penny Lane” was issued four months ago. Says a Beatle spokesman: “By this time last year the Beatles had only released one single. In 1967 they have released two singles and an LP, in four months. It’s the most prolific output rate since the early days of the Beatles in 1963.”

The Beatles have modified plans for their one hour TV spectacular due to be filmed in colour. They were going to use material from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” but they will concentrate on recording new compositions and the TV special will be shot between now and August.

The show is to be devised and produced by the Beatles with guest artists. The Beatles also plan new album for release in the autumn.

From Melody Maker – July 1, 1967
From Melody Maker – July 1, 1967

Surprise Beatle disc – details…

“ALL You Need Is Love” the Lennon/McCartney song specifically written for the “Our World” television broadcast last Sunday evening is to be one side of a surprise rush-release BEATLES single. World-wide release will be almost simultaneous. Tapes were being rushed to New York and other centres overseas within 48 hours of Sunday night’s recording session. Parlophone plan to have copies in shops all over the U.K. within the next two weeks.

It has orchestral accompaniment supplied by thirteen session musicians. John added the final vocal track to the recording during the live “Our World” transmission. This is the first time Lennon and McCartney have written a new composition for a specific occasion, in this case a historic television production seen by over people in 24 countries.

Second side of the single will be “Baby You’re A Rich Man” another Lennon/ McCartney number written very recently and originally intended to be one of three recordings for use in the sound track of the full length BEATLES cartoon film now in production under the tentative title “Yellow Submarine”.

Both numbers feature John, Paul and George dividing the vocal work between them, although on each recording John is lead singer. “Penny Lane”, the most recent Beatles single, was issued four months ago on February 17. At this time last year they had issued only one 1966 single. In 1967 they have produced two singles plus a complete album and released them during a four month period. Sixteen new compositions in all – their most prolific record output rate since the earliest days of their recording career at the beginning of 1963.

From Record Mirror – July 1, 1967
From Record Mirror – July 1, 1967

Round-the-globe release, July-August on TV spec – BEATLES WORLD TV SINGLE

A NEW Beatles’ single is being rush-released next week – “All You Need Is Love,” the song they featured in the world-wide TV hook-up “Our World” last Sunday. The record is officially scheduled for July 7 issue but it is expected that many shops will receive supplies by next Wednesday. Overseas release will be almost simultaneous. Tapes have already been rushed to New York and other foreign centres. The track is the actual recording 600 million tele-viewers in 24 countries saw being made.

Flip side is “Baby You’re A Rich Man,” one of the numbers the Beatles had in mind for their already reported cartoon film. This will now be replaced in the movie. Both numbers are Lennon-McCartney compositions and both feature John as lead singer.

This means that the group will have had two singles and an LP released in the first six months of this year, as opposed to one single the same period of 1966. The Beatles have now started work on another album for which early autumn release is expected.

The Beatles will devote most of July and August to the preparation and eventual filming of their hour-long colour spectacular, which will be devised and produced by them. However, the original plan to base the show on the “Sgt. Pepper” LP has been scrapped because the album will no longer be topical by that time.

John and Paul have already written a theme song around which the show will be built — this may be released as a single to coincide with the screening of the show.

They will write several more new numbers for the spectacular, which will also include several existing compositions. Guest artists may be invited to take part in the production.

From New Musical Express – July 1, 1967
From New Musical Express – July 1, 1967

Latest message from the Beatles is ‘love’

Good singles fall into two main categories. The creative commercial “pop” records, and the creative progressive avant garde singles. The Beatles belong to the latter category making sounds that we haven’t heard before, sounds which are pushing the boundaries of pop music further and further toward being established as a true art form. This week marks the release of “All You Need Is Love”, another milestone in their very phenomenal careers. […]

THE BEATLES: “All You Need Is Love” (Parlophone)

A cool, calculated contagious Beatles’ singsong once again from the pen of John and Paul, recorded — and plugged — before four million viewers on the BBC’s Our World satellite-linked programme. Obviously the group have decided to make a fairly straightforward, very commercial song and although it’s a beautiful sound it is easier to absorb than the more complex “Strawberry Fields.” The message is “love” and I hope everyone in the whole wide world manages to get it. The flip “Baby, You’re A Rich Man” shows you the kind of wealth that will be yours if you get the message. A pleasing B-side that’ll score a lot of plays when we’ve all got to know the A-side inside out.

From Melody Maker – July 8, 1967
From Melody Maker – July 8, 1967
From New Musical Express – July 8, 1967

THE BEATLES All You Need Is Love; Baby You’re A Rich Man (Parlophone 5620). This is not only an obvious number one — it’s a record which is likely to go on for ever. John sings the very repetitive Iyrics after an intro from the French national anthem or something, brassily laid down. There’s a choral sound, touches of violent guitar. and a finale which for me goes on a bit but is good-humoured and includes snatches of “American Patrol”, “She Loves You”, etc, etc. Very catchy and involving a world message. Flip: Some will prefer this, oddly enough — and it is odd enough. Interesting sounds all the way.

From Record Mirror – July 8, 1967
From Record Mirror – July 8, 1967

BEATLES CRASH BACK INTO CHART AT NO. 3

THE Beatles are back in the chart. Their new single “All You Need Is Love” leaped to number three in the MM’s Pop 30 this week — just three days after its official release date.

A spokesman for EMI Records told the MM on Monday: ” The record has sold almost 300,000 copies already.”

“All You Need Is Love” is the record the Beatles were seen recording by over 400 million viewers round the world in the BBC’s Our World programme.

A spokesman for Nems said: “There is no news for the Beatles at present. There is nothing on the TV spectacular or their third film.”

“All You Need Is Love” is the Beatles first single since “Strawberry Fields Forever”/ “Penny Lane ” in March and April.

From Melody Maker – July 15, 1967
From Melody Maker – July 15, 1967

THE Beatles are back at the top! Their “All You Need Is Love” climbed to number one this week — dislodging the Monkees, the group based on the early Beatles formula.

“All You Need Is Love” is the song that 400 million people round the world watched the Beatles working on in the studios as part of the “Our World” TV programme.

A spokesman for Nems told the MM on Monday: “Apart from the record’s success there is absolutely no fresh news about the group at the moment.”

George Harrison said on Monday: “Fab. Gear. It’s great you know because we never really expect these things to happen.”

Ringo commented: “We’ve got love.”

From Melody Maker – July 22, 1967
From Melody Maker – July 22, 1967
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