“Yellow Submarine In Pepperland” is an instrumental piece by George Martin. Indeed, it is the end track on the iconic album and film, “Yellow Submarine”. In fact, all seven tracks of side two are instrumentals and George Martin is the orchestral composer. They are musical passages which act as incidental music throughout the film, of course.
Recorded: 22nd and 23rd October, 1968
Studio: Abbey Road, London
Track Duration: 2:13
Record Label: Apple
Producers: George Martin, John Burgess, Ron Richards
Engineer: Geoff Emerick
George Martin: conducting a 41-piece orchestra
Yellow Submarine In Pepperland
Obviously, none of The Beatles took part in the recording of this instrumental track. However, the track is important to the Yellow Submarine project. This is because, in the film, it signifies the arrival of The Beatles in Pepperland.
The track stars off loud but it quietens down in the middle bit. Then at the end, it finishes as it starts, in an almost triumphant style. Although there is no words, you can’t help singing along with the music, “We all live in a Yellow Submarine……”
In short, George Martin and The Beatles went together like a hand in a glove. Martin’s contribution to the band’s work is enormous and this orchestral piece was just as important. In fact, it’s another piece of the jigsaw that helped make the whole picture!
The 41 piece orchestra came to Abbey Road Studios, London, on the 22nd and 23rd October, 1968. Here, George Martin, together with the help of co-producers, John Burgess and Ron Richards ensured that the idea behind the Yellow Submarine project would be successful.
So, what are your thoughts about this instrumental piece?