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3 stars "Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby" is a single release by British pop/rock act The Beatles. The single was released through Parlophone Records (EMI) on the 5th of August 1966 which is the exact same day that the "Revolver (1966)" album was released. Both single tracks are culled from "Revolver (1966)".

While the rather silly "Yellow Submarine", which features drummer Ringo Starr on vocals, displays the more humourous side of The Beatles, "Eleanor Rigby" is a string driven track featuring a beautiful melody, a melancholic atmosphere, and sad lyrics about loneliness to boot. The track is sung by Paul McCartney. While the tracks were credited to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting team, both tracks were in reality written by Paul McCartney.

Singles are always a bit hard to rate, as you might enjoy one track and not appreciate the other as much. It will almost always be a very subjective rating, and that´s pretty much the case for me with "Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby", as I´ve always found "Eleanor Rigby" to be a wonderful high quality track, and "Yellow Submarine" to be it´s silly and quite tedious counterpart. So take my 3 star (60%) rating with a grain of salt, as it´s probably an aquired taste if you find "Yellow Submarine" worth the price of admission. You can add an extra star if you do.

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4 stars I am sadly prohibited from enclosing the lyrics due to the copyright infringement rules. Sadly because it is one of the best piece of lyrics ever written in a pop song. But please find the lyrics yourself and read it.

What possess a human being to write lyrics like these ?


That's what they were, Lennon/McCartney. Brilliant geniuses.

The song is driven by the lyrics with a smattering of strings. Cello and all that. It is a very simple song structure. But this song was still way ahead of it's time. It was also the best song on Revolver, an album that re-wrote the ABC of song making. Partly because of Eleanor Rigby. They set a new standard The Beatles perhaps bettered with a couple of songs from the Sgt Peppers album. A Day In Life springs to mind. But never mind.

The lyrics, sung in a sombre mode, is the driving force in this song. And did they touch a raw nerve with this lyrics. We are all scared of being alone and then dying alone. A funeral attended only by the priest and his/her dog. A person's life is measured in how many people attended his/her funeral. That's how it is. In the case of Eleanor Rigby, "nobody came". That's the ultimate defeat and the ultimate humiliation. That is you and mine's angst. That is why Eleanor Rigby touch such a raw, raw nerve. This song alone is a five star plus song.

The B side though is Yellow Submarine and the less said, the better. It is not an awful song. It is merely a joke taken too far. But the song is OK. That leaves us with four stars and a pretty shaken up reviewer. I challenge anyone to listen to Eleanor Rigby without facing their own mortality........... and fears.

4 stars

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