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Songs / Tracks Listing

side 1
1. Yesterday (2:07)
2. Act Naturally (2:32)

side 2
1. You Like Me Too Much (2:38)
2. It's Only Love (1:58)

Total Time 8:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Paul McCartney / bass, vocals
- John Lennon / guitar, vocals
- George Harrison / guitars
- Ringo Starr / drums, vocals

Releases information

Label Parlophone
Catalogue No. GEP 8948
Country of Origin England
Release Date 4th March 1966
U.K. E.P. Chart Detail :
Entry Date : 12th March 1966
Highest Position : 1 ... for 6 weeks ... from 26th March 1966.
Weeks in Chart : 13 Weeks

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(50%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (12%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by Guillermo
3 stars Maybe the first time that I listened to anything from THE BEATLES was to a vinyl E.P., released in Mexico, which had almost the same tracks that this British E.P. had, but with "You Like Me too Much" being replaced by "I've Just Seen a Face". All the tracks from this E.P. were taken from their British "Help!" album, but , with all these tracks appearing in the Side Two of that album, none of them appeared in the film of the same name, because only the tracks from the Side One of that album appeared in that film. The cover of the Mexican E.P. also was different, showing individual photo stills from the film of the members of the band, and it was released on the "Discos Capitol" label.

As it is now generally known by the public, "Yesterday" is a song which was composed by Paul McCartney. A song that he wrote after he "listened" to it in a dream while being asleep. So he got up of bed and identified the notes on a guitar and he wrote tentative lyrics under the working title of "Scrambled Eggs", wiht him later changing the lyrics and the title to "Yesterday". After several arrangements were tried playing along with the band, it was decided that the best arrangement for the song could be done with recording it with McCartney playing it with an acoustic guitar and singing it, with the later addition a string quartet arranged by Producer George Martin. As it was really a solo recording from McCartney, the band and George Martin didn't want to release the song as a single in the U.K., but in the U.S. it was released as a single. It became one of the most known and covered songs in the world. It also shows one of the very good contributions that George Martin did with the band, helping the band with his Classical Music trainning, doing very good string arrangements and later more orchestral arrangements for many songs of the band.

"Act Naturally" was a cover of a Country and Western song which was sung by Ringo Starr. It was played very well by the band, and it was recorded more as a humorous gesture to the good commentaries about Ringo's very good acting skills in THE BEATLES' s "A Hard Days Night" film from 1964. He really was the best actor from the members of the band in most of their films. This song was recorded to replace a song called "If You've Got Trouble", composed by Lennon and McCartney for Ringo to sing for the "Help!" album which was recorded but was not really considered as being very good to be released. Anyway, it was released until 1996 in their "Anthology 2" 2-CD Set.

"You Like Me Too Much" is a song composed and sung by George Harrison, with some humour in the lyrics. It was one of his songs that was released in the "Help!" album. The other was "I Need You", which was also included in the "Help!" film.

"It's Only Love" is a song composed and sung by John Lennon, with good lyrics and guitars arrangements.

This British E.P. shows each member of the band singing a song from their "Help!" album. An album on which the band started to show new musical influences which were later more developed in their "Rubber Soul" (1965) and "Revolver" (1966) albums.

R.I.P. George Martin (3 January 1926 / 8 March 2016).

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