December 16, 2016 All In The Family

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George Martin, Off The Beatle Track, United Artists UAS 6377, 1964

The Beatles didn’t have to look over their shoulders for someone trying to cash in on their fame.  Their own producer George Martin jumped on the bandwagon too!  In fairness, this record came about through The Beatles three picture film deal.  United Artists took a chance on The Beatles before they even had a hit in the United States to make some low budget movies with the promise of getting a soundtrack album for their fledgling record label.  It was a great strategy, as the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack sold in the millions (and the film became the most profitable film of the year).

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While The Beatles probably exceeded their contract by coming up with a whole album of new music, half of which never made it into the film, UA had all of the incidental and background music that did make it in.  So why not try to sell that too and let Mr. Martin take the credit?  This was actually a warm up record, with the movie music coming out later.  Off The Beatle Track was the title George Martin suggested to The Beatles for their first UK album, so even the title was a re-tread here.

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The Beatles actually seemed fine with the arrangement, mostly because it kept these orchestrated arrangements off of their real albums.  But when the time came to fulfill their contact with a third film, there wasn’t much enthusiasm for it.  When they found out they could farm it out to animation producers who would use voice actors to play The Beatles, the Yellow Submarine film was born.  There also wasn’t much enthusiasm for a whole album of new music for it, so the Yellow Submarine album has four “new” Beatles songs, plus a few old ones used in the film, and a whole side of George Martin instrumental music that apparently drove John Lennon crazy.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $10, $560 Remaining

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