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Written by George Harrisonit was the first of four songs the band provided for the animated film Yellow Submarineto meet their contractual obligations to United Artists. The song was recorded mainly in Februaryduring the sessions for Sgt. The group completed the recording two months later, straight after finishing work on Sgt. Harrison wrote "Only a Northern Song" out of dissatisfaction with his status as a junior songwriter with the Beatles' publishing company, Northern Songs.
The lyrics and music convey his disenchantment at how the company retained the copyright for the songs it published, and at how, following its public listing inthe major shareholders profited more from his compositions than he did.
The recording features Hammond organplayed by Harrison, and an overdubbed montage of assorted sounds including trumpet blasts and spoken voices, anticipating John Lennon 's sound collage " Revolution 9 ".
Due to the difficulty in assembling the completed track from two tape sources, "Only a Northern Song" remained a rare song from the Beatles' post catalogue that was unavailable in true stereo until That year, it was remixed for inclusion on the album Yellow Submarine Songtrack.
The song has received a varied response from reviewers; while Ian MacDonald dismisses the track as a "self-indulgent dirge",  Closely Observered Anna - Andrzej Korzynski* - Andrzej Korzynskis Music Score For Andrzej Zuławski website Ultimate Classic Rock identifies it as one of the Beatles' best works in the psychedelic genre.
A version of the song with a different vocal part, and omitting the sound collage overdubs, was issued on the Beatles' outtakes compilation Anthology 2. George Harrison said that the subject matter for "Only a Northern Song" related to both his city of birth, Liverpoolin Merseyside Toccata Prima - Giovanni Salvatore, Francesco Lambardo, Carlo Gesualdo - Messa Della Domenica - Vers, and the fact that the copyright for the composition belonged to the Beatles Only A Northern Song - The Beatles - Yellow Submarine publishing company, Northern Songs.
When discussing the song in two late s interviews with Billboard editor-in-chief Timothy WhiteHarrison commented that the main target of his complaints was Dick James  the managing director of Northern Songs.
In author Ian MacDonald 's estimation, "Only a Northern Song" suggests that Harrison "had yet to recover his enthusiasm for being a Beatle" after he had threatened to leave the group following their final concert tour, in August Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandHarrison spent six weeks in India with his sitar teacher, Ravi Shankar a visit that heightened his lack of interest in the Beatles' project.
Pepper sessions. Harrison wrote "Only a Northern Song" on a Hammond organwhich became his preferred instrument for songwriting duringreplacing the guitar. After this short introduction, the composition is structured into two portions, each consisting of two verses and a chorus, which are followed by a single verse, a final chorus and an outro, with some of these sections rendered as instrumental passages.
The composition is a meta -song,   in that its Only A Northern Song - The Beatles - Yellow Submarine is the work itself. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. On what was now called take 12 the third of the reduction mixesHarrison filled the two available tracks with his lead vocals.
The song was disliked by the Beatles' producer, George Martin who later said it was his least favourite song of Harrison's. PepperHarrison instead offered the Bajamar - Toundra - Toundra -styled " Within Only A Northern Song - The Beatles - Yellow Submarine Without You ",  which, in Martin's recollection, was welcomed with "a bit of a relief all round".
The group returned to take 3 of "Only a Northern Song" on 20 April, a day when members of the Yellow Submarine production team visited them in the studio. Pepperdemonstrating what Only A Northern Song - The Beatles - Yellow Submarine terms a "tremendous appetite" to continue recording. Retaining the organ and drum tracks, they overdubbed a new bass guitar part and, on a separate track, trumpet, glockenspiel and vocalised sounds.
The presence of Harrison's original Hammond part on both of the tapes ensured that the instrument had a more substantial sound in the mix. The Beatles performed many of the overdubs in a haphazard manner. On 21 April, the Beatles completed a mono mix of the song for its inclusion in Yellow Submarine. In Octoberwhile preparing the Yellow Submarine soundtrack album for release, EMI's engineers created a duophonic or mock-stereo mix of "Only a Northern Song" from the mono mix. The Beatles had minimal involvement in the making of Yellow Submarineleaving the production to Brodax's company King Features Syndicate.
Pepper concept,   the Beatles' association with Liverpool,  and other aspects of their public image. The film soundtrack was viewed as a secondary work by the Beatles,  who delayed its release to allow for their self-titled double album also known as "the White Album".
In a contemporary review of Yellow SubmarineBeat Instrumental lamented that it offered little new material Desire - Childhood - Bbyluv (File, Album) the band, but described "Only Tchiki boum - Various - TOP PHILIPS Northern Song" and "It's All Too Much" as "superb pieces" that "redeem" side one.
Among more recent reviews of the Yellow Submarine album, David Gassman of PopMatters admires the song for its "mordant humor" and interprets the lyrics as a possible "dig" at Lennon and McCartney. Gassman adds, with reference to the superior "It's All Too Much": "as long as songs like this were being relegated to throwaway projects, George could be excused for sniping at John and Paul in 'Only a Northern Song'.
As with most of the Beatles' post- Sgt. Pepper recordings, their contributions to Yellow Submarine have traditionally been held in low regard by the band's biographers.
More impressed, Alex Young of Consequence of Sound identifies the song as "lyrically the [album's] quintessential track, as it perfectly defines Yellow Submarine in two verses alone, while coming out sonically like a Pink Floyd b-side from the Obscured By Clouds sessions". Pepper' have been even greater had this mind-melter been included in favor of, say, ' When I'm Sixty Four? While commenting on Yellow Submarine ' s status as the Beatles' only "inessential" album, Richie Unterberger of AllMusic describes "Only a Northern Song" as "an odd piece of psychedelic ersatz, mixing trippiness and some personal comments".
Referring to the revelations offered in the song, Unterberger adds: "they present Harrison's vision of how music and recording sounded, from the inside-out and the outside-in, during the psychedelic era — the song thus provided a rare glimpse inside the doors of perception of being a Beatle or, at least, one aspect of being this particular Beatle circa An alternative edit of the song was included Only A Northern Song - The Beatles - Yellow Submarine the Beatles' Anthology 2 out-takes compilation in According to Ian MacDonald: .
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In addition, the song I Believe - Sinatra* - Sinatra At The Movies copyrighted Northern Songs Ltd. I remember playing a silly trumpet [on "Only a Northern Song"].
My dad used to play. I can't, but I can mess around a lot — and that song gave me the perfect framework. It was very tongue in cheek. That's probably why we got on so well!
Harrison then allegedly presented the finished composition with the words: "Here Al — it's only a Northern song.
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