Recording "It's All Too Much"

Friday, June 2, 1967 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Yellow Submarine (Mono) LP.
De Lane Lea Music Recording Studios, London, UK

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On May 25 and May 31, 1967, The Beatles began recording “It’s All Too Much,” a George Harrison composition, which would be used for the soundtrack of the “Yellow Submarine” animation film, at the independent De Lane Lea Studios. On June 1, they returned to De Lane Lea for a jam session.

On this day, for their fourth night at the studio, The Beatles collaborated with five additional musicians to record the horn section for “It’s All Too Much.” George Martin, absent from the earlier sessions, was present and conducted the players.

David Mason, who had previously played the solo on “Penny Lane,” played trumpet, while three other trumpet players and Paul Harvey on bass clarinet completed the horn section. The instruments were added to Take 2 of the song.

George Harrison was in charge of that session. I don’t think he really knew what he wanted.

David Mason – From “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” by Mark Lewisohn, 1988

With the horn section recorded, the recording of “It’s All Too Much” was completed. The mixing process would begin three months later on October 12, still at De Lane Lea Studios.

During this session, The Beatles also filled two tape reels with unstructured instrumental jamming, as they had on the previous evening.

Last updated on April 18, 2023

Songs recorded


It's All Too Much

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 2



Recording • No numbered takes


Musicians on "It's All Too Much"

David Mason:
Paul Harvey:
Bass clarinet

Production staff

George Martin:
Dave Siddle:
Mike Weighell:
Second engineer

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