Jp's Song of the Week - All You Need Is Love

Hey everyone this is my first weekly edition of Jp's Song of the Week.  Through my Walrus music software I will put the Beatles on shuffle, and randomly pick one Beatles song to discuss on this thread

Luckily, the first song that was picked is “All You Need Is Love” from the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack. 



“All You Need Is Love” was revealed during “Our World,” a first live global television link.  40 million viewers turned on their TVs to watch this Beatles performance.  John Lennon was not satisfied with his vocals during the live performance, and re-recorded portions of it for the single that was released a few weeks after.  The song reached #1 for 3 weeks in the UK, and 1 week in the U.S.A.  It is still unknown whether the song was made for the “Our World” performance, or just part of Lennon’s repertoire at that time.

This song ranks as one of my favorite Lennon songs of all time.  It is provides a great ending to the “Magical Mystery Tour” soundtrack, and in many ways, it is an anthem for the 60s.  Personally, my two favorite parts of the song is the interplay between the horns and when Lennon sings “All you Need Is Love, and at the end where McCartney sings a small portion of “She Loves You.”


I rank this song 5 out of 5 “Ga-Joobs.”  If I could, I would have ranked it higher.



John Lennon: vocals, harpsichord, banjo Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, double bass
George Harrison: vocals, guitar, violin
Ringo Starr: drums
George Martin: piano
Sidney Sax, Patrick Halling, Eric Bowie, John Ronayne: violin
Lionel Ross, Jack Holmes: cello
Rex Morris, Don Honeywill: tenor saxophone
Stanley Woods, David Mason: trumpet
Evan Watkins, Harry Spain: trombone
Jack Emblow: accordion
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Asher, Mike McCartney, Pattie Harrison, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon, Hunter Davies, Gary Leeds and more: chorus
Mike Vickers: conductor

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Comment by BeatleBob on July 26, 2011 at 10:40am

Thanks for the Song of the Week! Always loved this song and video! And enjoyed all of the information you provided here!

Comment by John Paul on July 25, 2011 at 7:10pm
thanks for the comments!
Comment by BeatleBob on July 24, 2011 at 12:50pm

Yes, Very Cool! It surely was an anthem for the '60's! I enjoyed the information provided here JP! I always Enjoy seeing this Video! Yes, I always love that at the ending too where Paul sings She Love You...

I remember on the Beatles Anthology DVD's that none of them where sure if this song was made for the "Our World" performance? LOL Love This Song! And Love seeing this! Thanks!

Comment by Sadie on July 22, 2011 at 6:13pm

Cool shuffle song of the week discussion game JP! I agree it's an anthem for the 1960s and almost every Beatles song should be ranked 5/5 or even higher!Thanks for posting all that information, I didn't know all those famous people sang on it. Even Keith Moon. Lol.

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