The Beatles Unveiled Unknown Demo Of “Yellow Submarine”
via The Beatles / Youtube
People can now listen to the sad early version of the Beatles’ classic “Yellow Submarine.”
Prior to the release of the Revolver reissue, the Beatles unveiled an intriguing version of “Yellow Submarine” sung by John Lennon. The original 1969 track became an ageless children’s song with lead vocals by Ringo Starr.
However, Lennon’s take is entirely different. Contrary to the original version, he sang it in a melancholic way wherein he described the town in which he was born, where no one cared. The remix producer, Giles Martin, stated that he had no idea about Lennon’s version not until he was going through the outtakes. He said:
“I was given the keys to Abbey Road and the Beatles’ vault and was allowed to go into the tapes – and it’s just amazing. It’s such an amazing body of work. There’s such energy that comes out of all of the tapes. My kind of role is like: Everyone should be able to hear that energy.
“This was a Lennon-McCartney thing. I said to Paul, ‘I always thought this was a song that you wrote and gave to Ringo and that John was like, ‘Oh, bloody ‘Yellow Submarine.’’ Not at all.”
For now, fans’ most-awaited special edition of Revolver is set to release on October 28. It will include another version of “Yellow Submarine” with Lennon and McCartney singing a duet. Martin added:
“The whole album is them saying, ‘Hey, let’s make it all completely different.’
“This was the nitroglycerine that blew everything up.”
Stream the early version below.