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The Beatles — All You Need Is Love
Album: Magical Mystery Tour
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Released: 1969
Length: 3:40
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Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy

Nothing you can make that can't be made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It's easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
It's easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

All you need is love (All together, now!)
All you need is love (Everybody!)
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Yee-hai! (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Yesterday (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Oh yeah! (Love is all you need)
She loves you, yeah yeah yeah (Love is all you need)
She loves you, yeah yeah yeah (Love is all you need)
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One of the best anti-war anthems to emerge at the time.  They gave it their best to stay positive!  Love them always!
A bar or two of that string play sounds like a slice of Vivaldi 4 Seasons. Not saying they borrowed, I'm saying they were inspired to experiment. How many un-rock instruments did the Fabs ever incorporate? A bunch. 

The Beatles with Walter Kronkite's daughters By rising70
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The Beatles pose with Walter Kronkite's daughters, Nancy and Kathy, on the set of 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' New York, New York, February 9, 1964.

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Listen closely to the Beatles recording of "All You Need Is Love"...  notice the musical phrases borrowed from other popular songs (among them the Beatles own "She Loves You") woven into the swirling cyclone of music at the song's conclusion...  notice the curious time signature, alternating 3/4 and 4/4 time...  can you draw any correlations between the collage of musical phrases and the syncopated tempo and the song's theme?


:heartkiss: All You Need Is Love :hug:
Finally, after a gut wrenching set of awful tunes.... Michael Penn - No Myth Eels - Grace Kelly Blues Freddy Jones Band - In A Daydream Foo Fighters - What If I Do Rufus Wainwright - One Man Guy Lyle Lovett - Private Converstions (Acoustic) Something to sooth my soul :hearteyes: All I need is love.....(and a better set)
The world was full of turmoil and division when this came out; in its own way, it was helpful. Things are even worse now. More people, critical problems, religious intolerance, militarism, etc. But no one is urging love. We get calls for sympathy and appeals to charity. Yet everyone seems to be hunkering down into their traditional position with even greater tenacity. Folks, we are all in this together. Maybe, we need a new prophet.
Aud wrote:
For me, whenever I hear this song, I think of Patrick McGoohan as The Prisoner. In the finale, No6 is walking down the hall after beating No2 in his own game. Leo McKern played No2 and he went on to play the title character in "Rumpole of the Bailey."
Cool! Great memory. I remember seeing that episode play in its first run on US TV back in the late sixties. Too damn cool. Be seeing you.
I hope someone burns in hell for selling this song for a commercial. "Been A Long Time" is one thing. This is entirely another. As I child I watched the debut performance of this song telecast via satellite LIVE around the world. Of course, we do that all the time now, but then it was a true feat of engineering, and very expensive....talk about your rich philanthropists.
thagen wrote:
Make love not war :-)
faites l'amour pas la guerre
all I need is good sex...
Make love not war :-)
Excellent, excellent segue from Michael Penn-No Myth. Bravo, Bill! :clap:
67nj wrote:
all we need is weed! Ops!
giusto, dimentico sempre le cose buone della natura
all we need is weed! Ops!
Marr wrote:
Aside from VietNam and the Civil Rights movement and the assassination of the Kennedy boys and MLK, not to mention the Austin tower shootings.
no joke - the list is long.
slowhand wrote:
from the time when america and the free world was actually happy.
Aside from VietNam and the Civil Rights movement and the assassination of the Kennedy boys and MLK, not to mention the Austin tower shootings.
It's always a great emotion... love is all we need. Make love not war
steveb wrote:
yeah, have seen the credit card commercial with this. do we have micheal jackson to thank for selling another classic beatles song to hawk another corporation? Boooo!!! Bad Mikey!!
yeah, you can always tell when Michael Jackson is running low on cash.
from the time when america and the free world was actually happy.
whenever I hear this song, I think of Jagger sitting on the floor and looking stoned.
For me, whenever I hear this song, I think of Patrick McGoohan as The Prisoner. In the finale, No6 is walking down the hall after beating No2 in his own game. Leo McKern played No2 and he went on to play the title character in "Rumpole of the Bailey."
I've been in london 4 years ago, in summertime... I went to the hard rock cafÚ.... early in the afternoon, it wasn't crowded at all so the staff unexpectly open for me, a frind of mine and a couple of other guys the downstairs room.... full of pieces of music history....elvis/cobain/bb king/hendrix ecc ecc. guitars, jackets, dresses....and the famous green military jacket of john plus his round glasses.... and a handwriting of "imagine"...... an incredible emotion.....
dmax wrote:
You know, at the end of the big shindig for the Queen of England recently, there were a ton of stars on stage (including the brilliant moment where Brian May stood on top of the building and played "God Save The Queen") and, like all those shows, everyone came on stage for the big finale. They played "All You Need is Love" and Paul was there with the rest of rock royalty. I leaned over to the wife and said "You know, there's not one soul on the stage or in the production team who, at any time, said 'I have a better idea for what tune to play!'"
I could have come up with plenty of better ideas if they had asked me, like the Pistols' 'God Save the Queen', The Smiths' 'The Queen is Dead', or The Stone Roses' 'Elizabeth My Dear'. That would have given the parasites something to rattle their jewellery about while those of us in the cheap seats clap our hands.
yeah, have seen the credit card commercial with this. do we have micheal jackson to thank for selling another classic beatles song to hawk another corporation? Boooo!!! Bad Mikey!! mamerjamer wrote:
Have you heard the TV commercial that uses a cheap cover of this classic Beatles song as their theme music? What makes this company think that their potential clients want to hear them make mincemeat out of such a great tune?
Have you heard the TV commercial that uses a cheap cover of this classic Beatles song as their theme music? What makes this company think that their potential clients want to hear them make mincemeat out of such a great tune?
Volume to ZERO!!
The_Seeker wrote:
I went to a Beatles exhibition last year in Liverpool and saw John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for this song - it was an awesome feeling.
I got chills, while hearing this song and reading these lines....it's freezing :chillpill:
ploafmaster wrote:
I love the audio collage of other music at the end of the track...I picked out at least three: 1. One of their own tunes ("She loves you, yeah yeah yea") 2. A Bach 2-part invention - I think the one in F major, and that's on the trumpet part... 3. What Child is This? (Greensleeves?) played on the strings... One of my favorite tracks on Magical Mystery Tour, the first Beatles album I ever bought.
Glenn Miller's estate got royalties for them using "In The Mood" at the end, as well. You know, at the end of the big shindig for the Queen of England recently, there were a ton of stars on stage (including the brilliant moment where Brian May stood on top of the building and played "God Save The Queen") and, like all those shows, everyone came on stage for the big finale. They played "All You Need is Love" and Paul was there with the rest of rock royalty. I leaned over to the wife and said "You know, there's not one soul on the stage or in the production team who, at any time, said 'I have a better idea for what tune to play!'"
All you need is to define it in some sort of similiar way.
Pretty much the greatest love song ever written!
The Beatles were letting their historic significance play a role in making a better world for all of us. I will always love them for that. Plus their music, of course.
I love the audio collage of other music at the end of the track...I picked out at least three: 1. One of their own tunes ("She loves you, yeah yeah yea") 2. A Bach 2-part invention - I think the one in F major, and that's on the trumpet part... 3. What Child is This? (Greensleeves?) played on the strings... One of my favorite tracks on Magical Mystery Tour, the first Beatles album I ever bought.
I love how "She loves you, yeah yeah yeah" is incorporated into it
BobbyCat wrote:
... but it's all flat now, outdated, boring and meaningless. At least the tracks that you choose to play.
Sorry but the Beatles are far from outdated and meaningless. Everyone keeps coming back to them. Everyone discovers them once in his life. And "All you need is love" means a lot, or at least it should ! BobbyCat wrote:
... pick up some good surprises like "You're Going To Lose That Girl", "She Loves You", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "Please Please Me" ... for example.
Sorry again, but from these four tracks, at least two were no.1 in the charts, so it would be difficult to classify them as surprises. But I agree that some great songs like Good morning good morning should be played more. So we agree: more Beatles !!! :heartkiss:
algrif wrote:
That was weird. I'm dealing with an irate customer shouting at me down the phone, and I'v got this track in the office at the same time. :hug: :beat: :heartkiss: :redface: :hearteyes: :fire: :think: :confused:
I actually missed this track because I had a custumer shouting at me on the phone....
I went to a Beatles exhibition last year in Liverpool and saw John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for this song - it was an awesome feeling.
That was weird. I'm dealing with an irate customer shouting at me down the phone, and I'v got this track in the office at the same time. :hug: :beat: :heartkiss: :redface: :hearteyes: :fire: :think: :confused:
:fever: I'm so tired of hearing the Beatles over and over again. Please. That's my only complaint about RP. I used to listen to them when I was 15. I had ALL their records all right. The walls in my bedroom were covered with the Beatles. I still know nearly all their lyrics by heart. Their music was revolutionary then, but it's all flat now, outdated, boring and meaningless. At least the tracks that you choose to play. From a nostalgia point of vue, I don't need to go back to this period of my life that often. So if you really want to play more Beatles, pick up some good surprises like "You're Going To Lose That Girl", "She Loves You", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "Please Please Me" ... for example.
A very good message! :hug: :heartkiss: :kiss: :hearteyes:
...there's no place you can be that isn't where you're meant to be....
:jump: Peeps!!! :wave: :hug: :heartkiss:
Alafia wrote:
:eek: :wave:
:wave: Woo Hoooo, and smilies too, this thing gets better and better. :clap: wtg Bill
...we got a monsoon going on on my little island...mega rain...
....aaaiiiieee!!...
:eek: :wave:
...refreshing is nescassryyriegNM?...to get the new messages...
smokinsean wrote:
...oh yeah?!...well I love the way you love this song!! S.
Mmmm... maybe the reply function is not up yet. But, as I said: when the AU does come back up, I am gonna change my av to John Lennon. Just for the fact that we can look at the Beatles faces now as a bonus. *edit: nevermind, seems to be working.
...whoop!... S.
...oh yeah?!...well I love the way you love this song!! S.
I love the channel separation on this! Go George Martin!
pope183 wrote:
how many other songs are going on at the end ? she loves you - greensleeves - (the strings ) ?
"In the Mood" on the horns.
Rickvee wrote:
One of my favorite tunes ever! I love towards the fade how Paul tips his cap to "She Loves You".
how many other songs are going on at the end ? she loves you - greensleeves - (the strings ) ?
lester wrote:
I've a sneaking suspicion somebody's about to get flamed.
:roflol: :lol: :roflol: :lol: :roflol: :lol: THUNK! :( . . . I just laughed my butt off!
Rickvee wrote:
One of my favorite tunes ever! I love towards the fade how Paul tips his cap to "She Loves You". In that movie LOVE ACTUALLY, it was pretty cool how they played "Love Is All You Need" as the recessional song of the wedding scene.
My sister did the same thing at her wedding two years ago as a surprise for the family. And she didn't even see the movie. For her recessional song, my brothers and I performed "Here, There and Everywhere". We are all die-hard Beatle fanatics.
Typesbad wrote:
I guess it makes people feel quite superior to state that the Beatles weren't any good. But of course they are pretty much wrong on a number of levels. To put things into perspective, consider that pretty much everything we hear from the Beatles comes from a mere six year time period. We in the states first heard them singing simple thoug very well executed pop songs like "She Loves You" on the Sullivan song in 1964, and those songs made everything else on the radio sound old. Less than three years later they gave us Tomorrow Never knows and Sgt Pepper shortly after that. Every single Beatles album moved the game on for everyone. They were the backbone of the rock world and almost everyone else could be seen taking some part of what they did and expanding on it. Can you think of any other band that changed so much in six years, not to mention taking the whole popular music world with them?
So well said!! Type on.............
Typesbad wrote:
. . . given their constant experimentation, one could argue that they pretty much were an alternative band, that everyone just happened to listen to.
Oh, I like that.
I guess it makes people feel quite superior to state that the Beatles weren't any good. But of course they are pretty much wrong on a number of levels. To put things into perspective, consider that pretty much everything we hear from the Beatles comes from a mere six year time period. We in the states first heard them singing simple thoug very well executed pop songs like "She Loves You" on the Sullivan song in 1964, and those songs made everything else on the radio sound old. Less than three years later they gave us Tomorrow Never knows and Sgt Pepper shortly after that. Every single Beatles album moved the game on for everyone. They were the backbone of the rock world and almost everyone else could be seen taking some part of what they did and expanding on it. Can you think of any other band that changed so much in six years, not to mention taking the whole popular music world with them? The fact that they were the center is probably why the parties MXDCED went to (and I as well) didn't play them. Then as now, people didn't want to do the obvious, so they play the off-shoots cause it showed what they themselves discovered. Nothing wrong with that. But you would be hard-pressed to find any of those bands the weren't influenced by the Beatles in some way. And I'm sure everyone at those parties had favorite beatles songs of their own. We all like to think we are alternative thinkers and too cool for what is pop and obvious. But when it comes to the Beatles, the general conventions do not apply. In fact, given their constant experimentation, one could argue that they pretty much were an alternative band, that everyone just happened to listen to.
mxdcec wrote:
Well, I lived through the Beatlemania days, and I would die a happier person if someone would buy the rights to the Beatles music and prohibit the music from ever being plyed on the public airwaves. For the most part Beatle music is trite, lacks any real quality, and is not classic because it simply has not withstood the test of time. It just doesn't sound any good today. With the exception of "Get Back", thanks to Billy Preston, the 5th Beatle, these guys were commercial hacks. Paul McCartney's Wing's gave us a much higher caliber of music. If you listen to Cream, Rolling Stones, or The Kinks, from this era, you'll understand why you never heard Beatle records at any decent party. This was not the greatest rock and roll band ever. It is however, light weight pop that fit into AM radios 2 minute time slot. Please, don't ever ply this stuff again here.
Well,get the h*ll off of here then if you don't want to hear great Beatles music! They have the highest rated songs on here so most people want to hear them!!!! Billy Preston would tell you what an ignorant fool you are too! Songs like Paul's great blues rocker She's A Woman from late 1964,his hard rocking(especially for 1965) screaming rocker I'm Down,John's great 1964 rocker,You Can't Do That,his song I Feel Fine recorded in October 1964 was the first ever to use feedback guitar,Paul's Back In The USSR,Birthday,Helter Skelter which has been called the first true heavy metal/punk rock song,John's great hard rocking song,Revolution,Yer Blues,Every Body's Got Something to Hide Except Me And My Monkey,most of the whole White Album,many on Abbey Road and many more are GREAT *ROCK* songs! Also,John's If I Fell,I'll Be Back,etc,Paul's And I Love Her,Things We Said Today etc are beautiful songs with beautiful melodies and harmonies and great singing! Also The Beatles are the most covered music artists of all time,everyone from Heavy metal,to classical composers,to motown artists have recorded their great songs! Rick Wakeman of the group Yes recorded a Beatles tribute album in 1998! :verymad: :verymad:
dwa375 wrote:
Greatest band with the greatest influence ever - but I think you have to have lived through the mania days to appreciate it. But - it's just music - not the meaning of life. :bounce:
Not true at all,I was born in 1965 during the middle of their recording career,but I have been a highly impressed huge Beatles fan,especially a big John and Paul fan since I was 9,I got my first Beatles book for my 11th birthday and I had every album by age 13! The Beatles Anthologies came out 1n 1995 25 years after they split up and yet it went to # 1 and sold millions worlwide,I heard a radio DJ say that 40% of the people buying them were teenagers. Same thing with The Beatles CD 1 which came out 31 years after they broke up and went to # 1 in many countries including the US soon after it came out and 30% of the people buying this CD are teenagers too!I just saw on a guys blog that The Beatles are the # 1 selling artists in The Amazon.com's Hall of Fame. He said it's plausible because The Beatles are the greatest rock group of all time! U2 is # 2 and The Rolling Stones are at # 10 in The Amazon.com's Hall Of Fame! But these groups are still together The Beatles broke in 1970! And this is because they *REALLY ARE* THE GREATEST ROCK GROUP OF ALL TIME and they made great timeless music that will always endure! I have found many teenage and college age Beatles fans and musicians on music reviews,Beatles fan sites and other message boards!
This is a very good song that was written specifically for the British TV show Our World in June 1967 and was the very first live via satellite program seen live by many other countries. The Beatles were chosen to represent the summer of love 1967 and John came up with the perferct song for the times. Mick Jagger can clearly be seen sitting in the front row clapping his hands and singing All You Need is Love! He was there along with many of their other friends including Eric Clapton,Keith Richards and Gram Nash. Please see my recent review of The Beatles song, Dear Prudence to see why poster mxdcec and some others,have totally inaccurate,ridiculous,ignorant myths and misperceptions about The Beatles! :) :hearteyes:
mxdcec wrote:
Well, I lived through the Beatlemania days, and I would die a happier person if someone would buy the rights to the Beatles music and prohibit the music from ever being plyed on the public airwaves. For the most part Beatle music is trite, lacks any real quality, and is not classic because it simply has not withstood the test of time. It just doesn't sound any good today. With the exception of "Get Back", thanks to Billy Preston, the 5th Beatle, these guys were commercial hacks. Paul McCartney's Wing's gave us a much higher caliber of music. If you listen to Cream, Rolling Stones, or The Kinks, from this era, you'll understand why you never heard Beatle records at any decent party. This was not the greatest rock and roll band ever. It is however, light weight pop that fit into AM radios 2 minute time slot. Please, don't ever ply this stuff again here.
Thank You for bringing much needed laughter to my life. I'm forever in your debt...Stones?...Wings?...Preston?...Too Funny, Man... God Bless You!
I've a sneaking suspicion somebody's about to get flamed.
Well, I lived through the Beatlemania days, and I would die a happier person if someone would buy the rights to the Beatles music and prohibit the music from ever being plyed on the public airwaves. For the most part Beatle music is trite, lacks any real quality, and is not classic because it simply has not withstood the test of time. It just doesn't sound any good today. With the exception of "Get Back", thanks to Billy Preston, the 5th Beatle, these guys were commercial hacks. Paul McCartney's Wing's gave us a much higher caliber of music. If you listen to Cream, Rolling Stones, or The Kinks, from this era, you'll understand why you never heard Beatle records at any decent party. This was not the greatest rock and roll band ever. It is however, light weight pop that fit into AM radios 2 minute time slot. Please, don't ever ply this stuff again here.
Greatest band with the greatest influence ever - but I think you have to have lived through the mania days to appreciate it. But - it's just music - not the meaning of life. :bounce:
Tux wrote:
Beatles fans prove to be rather reluctant to accepting others to not like their favourite music. Let me tell you: I can't be wrong in expressing what I like or dislike. My rating has nothing to do with quality, and I do see the influence that the Beatles had on a lot of composers and musicians and maybe even to pop music in general. But that does not imply that I should like it.
Thank you, Tux! Couldn't have said it better. It is odd that every argument for why I'm misguided in not liking the Beatles begins with how influential they were ... almost as if without the Beatles we would all be listening to chamber music. ...not that there is anything wrong with that. :wink:
mig7 wrote:
I wouldn't brag about it.
What is it that people are somehow not allowed to not like the Beatles? Do they live in an Ivory tower? I indeed hesitated to post my dislike here, because I expected a flood of "You're wrong" messages. Beatles fans prove to be rather reluctant to accepting others to not like their favourite music. Let me tell you: I can't be wrong in expressing what I like or dislike. My rating has nothing to do with quality, and I do see the influence that the Beatles had on a lot of composers and musicians and maybe even to pop music in general. But that does not imply that I should like it. IMHO the Beatles are the most overplayed band in the world, just because of the fact that they had so much influence on others. Roverfish wrote:
Your taste won't be back? I agree, yeah yeah yeah Seriously, Tux, how can you listen to music and not like the Beatles' "All You Need is Glub"? Eesh...
My taste never left. It just does not include the Beatles. And there is a lot of music I do like
huge beatles fan, big john lennon fan, even a fan of love... but, that being said, i find this song stultifyingly (there's a word i rarely get to use in a sentence) dull.
CanuckBeaker wrote:
As soon as I heard the intro horns, I was immediately reminded of the Python skit "Man with a tape recorder up his nose". Now why is it that my brain thinks Python first and Beatles second? Damn you Cleese and Co!
oh man, tea all over the computer screen... :lol:
lizardman_tcs wrote:
A 7/4 time signature with samples of La Marseillaise, In The Mood, and Greensleeves. Tell me people, how can you go wrong?
roger that! :propeller:
Tux wrote:
don't like it yeah yeah yeah don't like it yeah yeah yeah and with a song like that, I doubt it will be back (not my taste)
I wouldn't brag about it.
Love is all you need :heartkiss:
Drummer4soul wrote:
When our band played this song, we found that it is actually 3 different time signatures (4/4, 3/4 and 2/4) depending on which measure you're in. Yikes. As a drummer, I could not figure it our until I saw the sheet music. Genius! :drummer:
And everyone says Ringo wasn't any good as a drummer... :drummer:
lizardman_tcs wrote:
A 7/4 time signature with samples of La Marseillaise, In The Mood, and Greensleeves. Tell me people, how can you go wrong?
When our band played this song, we found that it is actually 3 different time signatures (4/4, 3/4 and 2/4) depending on which measure you're in. Yikes. As a drummer, I could not figure it our until I saw the sheet music. Genius! :drummer:
Tux wrote:
don't like it yeah yeah yeah don't like it yeah yeah yeah and with a song like that, I doubt it will be back (not my taste)
Your taste won't be back? I agree, yeah yeah yeah Seriously, Tux, how can you listen to music and not like the Beatles' "All You Need is Glub"? Eesh...
A classic, yeah, yeah, yeah
don't like it yeah yeah yeah don't like it yeah yeah yeah and with a song like that, I doubt it will be back (not my taste)
A 7/4 time signature with samples of La Marseillaise, In The Mood, and Greensleeves. Tell me people, how can you go wrong?
One of my favorite tunes ever! I love towards the fade how Paul tips his cap to "She Loves You". In that movie LOVE ACTUALLY, it was pretty cool how they played "Love Is All You Need" as the recessional song of the wedding scene.
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She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
one of Lennon's most beautiful vocal deliveries, I think. :goodvibes.gif:
Thank you Bill, Thank you John! Strange to think he's been gone 24 years, but with us for so much longer!
Shoot. Here I thought Bill was playing La Marseillaise, which kicks the Star Spangled Banner's butt as far as national anthem go.
What the heck is a squealer?
This song should definitely be played. I truly believe that when something is done with love. Anything at all. There would be no loss in the world.