Recording "It's All Too Much"

Wednesday, May 31, 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, 1967, The Beatles began recording “It’s All Too Much,” a song written by George Harrison, which would be used for the soundtrack of the “Yellow Submarine” animation film, at the independent De Lane Lea Studios.

On this day, the group returned to De Lane Lea Studios, to resume work on the track. As for the first session at De Lane Lea Studios, the studio’s in-house engineer Dave Siddle and tape operator Mike Weighell managed the session as George Martin was not present on this occasion.

The session started with two reduction mixes of Take 4, all instruments being merged on a single track. In an EMI Studios session, these mixes would have been designated as Takes 5 and 6 after the four backing track takes, but they were labelled Takes 1 and 2 for this session.

Take 2 was deemed the best and received overdubs. George provided double-tracked lead vocals, while John Lennon and Paul McCartney contributed double-tracked backing vocals and handclaps. Some unknown Beatles then added percussion with tambourine, maracas and cowbell.

The song was still eight minutes long at this point, with a lengthy instrumental section that permitted ad-libbed vocalizations by all. The Beatles chanted “too much” in various ways, which eventually gave way to “tuba, tuba” and then “Cuba, Cuba” before the song’s conclusion. During this time, George recited “with your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue” twice, a line from The Mersey’s hit song “Sorrow“.

Work on “It’s All Too Much” continued on June 2.

Last updated on April 18, 2023

Songs recorded


It's All Too Much

Written by George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 4 into take 1


It's All Too Much

Written by George Harrison

Tape copying • Tape reduction take 4 into take 2


It's All Too Much

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 2


Musicians on "It's All Too Much"

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Harrison:
Lead vocals
Tambourine, Cowbell, Maracas

Production staff

Dave Siddle:
Mike Weighell:
Second engineer

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