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Beatles’ Movie Month – “Yellow Submarine”

Yellow Submarine DVD cover

The Guitar Train is reaching the final destination in this month’s look at The Beatles’ movies. This week’s station stop is The Beatles’ 1968 movie, “Yellow Submarine”. Unlike the other Beatles movies I wrote about this month, I had not seen this film before. I appreciate it is as an animated version of The Beatles with a very imaginative plot and visuals but it was too psychedelic for me. As with all the other Beatles movies, I really liked hearing their songs. Several of the group’s song lyrics were also cleverly inserted in the dialogue. An aspect of this film which was similar to “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” was the witty dialogue taken from the Fab Four’s personalities. In the special feature on the DVD called “Making of Documentary”, Peter Angelis, the voice of Ringo, demonstrated how he can imitate the voices of all four Beatles. That impressed me.


Guitar Train passengers, what is your favorite scene from “Yellow Submarine”?

Let It Be album cover

The Beatles last film was the 1970 documentary, “Let It Be”. Unfortunately, I have never seen this film. Even more unfortunately, I cannot get an official, non-bootlegged version of it. I understand that it depicts the breaking up of the band but I can handle that. After all, the band was already broken up when I was born; it’s the only way I have known them. It would be different if the band had stayed together (and alive) and regretted how they treated each other at that time and didn’t want others to see them that way. As it is, there are numerous solo interviews with each Beatle since 1970 where they have, each at some point, had not so nice things to say about their fellow bandmates. The difference between those interviews which are easily available for viewing on You Tube and the “Let It Be” film is that Paul, Ringo, the estates of John and George, and Apple have control over “Let It Be”. Since Apple has continued to re-release and find previously unreleased material to release for profit, why pass up on a guaranteed money maker? The re-release of “Let It Be” on DVD would be a huge event for Beatles fans and possibly the last link to a project all The Beatles were present for and meant to release to the public.


Guitar Train passengers, are you lucky enough to have seen “Let It Be”? What do you think about the film? Should it be re-released?


Before The Guitar Train departs for its next destination, I just want to wrap up Beatles’ Movies Month with a Beatles related movie called “Good Ol’ Freda”. This 2013 film is about The Beatles secretary, Freda Kelly, whose job was to answer the thousands of fan letters that came in every day as well as to get John, Paul, George, and Ringo to sign autographs for the fans. Freda comes across in this film as a nice, down to earth person who was very loyal to the band as well as really caring about the fans. She gave away autographs, photographs, and memorabilia to Beatles fans which would be worth millions today. I would recommend watching this film as it shows a fascinating inside view of Beatlemania.


Next month, come aboard The Guitar Train as Quirky T examines songs for Easter, songs about New York, and songs about California.


The Guitar Train Stops to Listen to Ringo Starr Songs


Y Not CD cover

This stop on The Guitar Train, Quirky T listens to the post Beatles solo work of Ringo Starr. I only began to listen to Ringo’s solo albums in 2010 with his CD, “Y Not” I have never seen him in concert with his All-Starr Band. I think that band is a great idea but there were never any other performers I liked enough to make it worth it to me to pay so much to hear Ringo sing five songs – “With A Little Help From My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Octopus’s Garden”, “Photograph”, and “It Don’t Come Easy”.


I’m impressed that Ringo is still making original music and touring. Being dubbed the least talented of The Beatles hasn’t stopped him from co-writing and producing new music pretty regularly. I would think once you’re happily married, very rich, and hugely successful, you wouldn’t have much to write about, complain about, or yearn for but Ringo does. He still wants peace and love.


Liverpool - Ringo's street

Ringo’s Street in Liverpool

As with John Lennon’s solo songs, I was surprised by how personal and autobiographical Ringo’s songs are. The song “Liverpool 8”  from the 2008 CD of the same name is a chronological retelling of Ringo’s life in relation to his music and his hometown of Liverpool.  “The Other Side of Liverpool” from 2010’s “Y Not” and “In Liverpool” from Ringo’s 2012 CD, “Ringo 2012” also depict his hometown.

Ringo CD cover


Again as with John’s songs, I liked hearing the songs I was already familiar with such as the songs on “Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr”. The song “Photograph” itself is surprisingly up-tempo for a sad song about a loved one not returning. Ringo’s songs seem to span several genres such as pop, country, and Spanish influenced. His rhymes are a little too easy and I wish at times they were more inventive and less trite. As a whole, I enjoyed Ringo Starr’s solo songs and I would listen to them again.


Guitar Train passengers, what are your favorite post Beatles Ringo Starr song and album?


On our next trip, The Guitar Train will stop to listen to a Beatles cover band, Strawberry Fields, who perform every Saturday at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.


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