All you need is love

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
All you need is love
The Beatles
publication June 30, 1967 ( D ) ,
0July 7, 1967 ( GB ) ,
July 17, 1967 ( US )
length 3 min 57 s
Genre (s) Pop rock
Author (s) Lennon / McCartney
album Magical Mystery Tour
Cover version
look here

All You Need Is Love ( English All you need is love ) is one of the most famous songs of the British band The Beatles from the year 1967th

History of origin

Lennon / McCartney are named as authors . In fact, the verse and chorus are from John Lennon , the idea of ​​the coda goes back to the Beatles music producer George Martin . The song is in the key of G major and has a tempo of about 104 bpm . While the refrain consists of seven 44 measures and a final 24 measure, the stanza begins with two changes from a 44 measure to a 34 measure, followed by three 44 measures and a final 34 bar. Since one exchange as 7 / 4 can read -Takte is All You Need Is Love one of the few pop songs in which these time signature occurs (other prominent examples are Money by Pink Floyd , Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel , Music by John Miles and Golden Brown from the Stranglers ).

On May 18, 1967, the BBC commissioned the Beatles to compose a song for the television program Our World . The show was the first live television production to be broadcast worldwide, broadcast live in 31 countries on June 25, 1967 and seen by more than 400 million viewers. All You Need Is Love was played live during the event and part of the instrumentation was playback .

This playback was made on June 14th, 1967 - unlike usual - in the London Olympic Studios . There a total of 33 takes of All You Need Is Love were recorded in Studio 1 , of which Take 10 was selected. All You Need Is Love was created within a month between the commissioning of the BBC and the first recording session and perfectly represented the atmosphere of the Summer of Love in 1967. At the same time, the Beatles also adhered to the general requirement of the BBC to make the composition simple, so that viewers around the world could understand them without knowing much English. The intro with the French national anthem La Marseillaise caught the attention of the listener and emphasized the internationality of the song and the television program. John Lennon (harpsichord), Paul McCartney (double bass) and George Harrison (violin improvisation) play the playback. Producer George Martin was supported by Eddie Kramer (first sound engineer) and George Chkiantz (second sound engineer), who belong to Olympic Studios. The lead and backing vocals were added by overdubbing on June 19, 1967 at Olympic Studios. On June 23, 1967, the hastily assembled orchestra (wind and violin section) entered Abbey Road Studios for the first time .

In Studio 1 of Abbey Road Studios, in addition to the Beatles, the formally dressed thirteen members of the orchestra (two tenor saxophones, two trombones, two trumpets, four violins, two cellos and an accordion) were present; also guests who sang and clapped along, including Mick Jagger , Keith Richards (both Rolling Stones ), Keith Moon ( Who ), Eric Clapton ( Cream ), Graham Nash ( Hollies ) and Marianne Faithfull . After several exercises, Take 58 was finally selected for the live broadcast. In addition to the Marseillaise was producer George Martin - matching the universal message of the play - in the introductory Vorstrophe and in the coda musical quotations install. In the coda, the unusually long fade-out includes the eighth two-part Invention (BWV 779) by Johann Sebastian Bach , the English folk song Greensleeves , Glenn Millers In the Mood and hooklines from the Beatles pieces She Loves You , Yesterday and Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band .

Publication and Success

The Beatles - All You Need Is Love (Single)

The single was released in Germany on June 30, 1967 (Great Britain: July 7, 1967, USA : July 17, 1967) together with the Beatles composition Baby You're a Rich Man as B-side . The record led the British charts for three weeks and became the Beatles' 14th number one hit in the United States, where it was number one for a week; in Germany it was in the top position for a month and a half . Overall, All You Need Is Love reached first place on the respective charts in ten countries. The single sold 500,000 copies in the UK alone and over three million singles were sold worldwide.

On November 27, 1967, All You Need Is Love appeared on the US Beatles album Magical Mystery Tour . The song is also on the soundtrack for the cartoon Yellow Submarine and on the compilation album 1967-1970 .

John Lennon's handwritten original of All You Need Is Love was in July 2005 at a cost of 600,000  pounds (about 1.25 million US dollars auctioned) in London.

Cover versions

The synth-pop band New Musik released a cover version of All You Need Is Love on their album Warp in 1982 , which is kept in 44 time throughout . In the coda there is an e-piano improvisation in which, as in the original, some bars of Greensleeves are alluded to. The band Echo & The Bunnymen also released a cover version of All You Need Is Love on a CD version of their 1984 album Ocean Rain , in the coda singer Ian McCulloch quotes songs by James Brown and Bob Dylan, among others, deviating from the template . In 2009 the song of the dead pants was covered; it can be found on the single Aufbaren .


  • Ian MacDonald: The Beatles. The song lexicon. Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel u. a. 2000, ISBN 3-7618-1426-7 .
  • Mark Hertsgaard: The Beatles. The history of their music (=  dtv 30559). Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-423-30559-2 .
  • The Beatles Complete Scores. (Full Transcription from the original Recordings. Every Songs written & recorded by the Beatles). Transcribed by Tetsuya Fujita, Yuji Hagino, Hajime Kubo and Goro Sato. Hal Leonard, Milwaukee WI 1993, ISBN 0-7935-1832-6 , pp. 39-43.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Our World: first ever live international TV production . European Broadcasting Union website. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
  2. ^ Mark Lewisohn, The Beatles Recording Sessions , 1989, pp. 116 ff.
  3. ^ Mark Lewisohn, The Beatles Recording Sessions , 1989, p. 116
  4. ^ A b Rainer Moers, Wolfgang Neumann, Hans Rombeck: The Beatles. Their career, their music, their successes (=  Bastei-Lübbe-Taschenbuch 61015 Biographie ). Updated and expanded new edition. Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1988, ISBN 3-404-61015-6 .
  5. ^ Mark Lewisohn, The Beatles Recording Sessions , 1989, p. 120
  6. ^ Joseph Murrells, Million Selling Records , 1985, p. 235