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THE BEATLES
Yellow Submarine


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New English Library, London, 1968
(price: 7/6)


Spiggy Topes & The Turds So who were the greatest rock band of all? Well, you gotta say that Elvis, Scotty & Bill are gonna take some beating. So are the Spiders From Mars. And I've always rated the Dominoes pretty high. To say nothing of The Temptations, the Isley Brothers, the Auteurs or the Wailers. And somewhere in there - nestling just outside the top twenty, I'd guess - are The Beatles. Mind you, when it comes to the most over-rated band of all time, there's no competition - they win hands down.

They wrote some truly godawful songs, and 'Yellow Submarine' is one of the very worst, which didn't augur well for the animated feature it inspired. The drawing, however, retains a certain period charm, and since this photo-novel is basically about the artwork, it's okay.

Just for the record, the credits tell us that it was 'Written by Lee Minoff & Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn & Erich Segal, from an original story by Lee Minoff, based upon the song by John Lennon & Paul McCartney'. Seldom have so many created so little for such huge profits.


ARTISTIC MERIT: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
2/5


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