Yes It Is

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"Yes It Is"
Single by The Beatles
A-side"Ticket to Ride"
Released9 April 1965
Format7"
Recorded16 February 1965
Abbey Road Studios
GenreRock
Length2:41
LabelParlophone
Writer(s)Lennon–McCartney
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"If I Fell"
(UK-1964)

"Eight Days a Week"
(US-1965)
"Ticket to Ride"
(1965)
"Help!"
(1965)
 
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"Yes It Is"
Single by The Beatles
A-side"Ticket to Ride"
Released9 April 1965
Format7"
Recorded16 February 1965
Abbey Road Studios
GenreRock
Length2:41
LabelParlophone
Writer(s)Lennon–McCartney
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"If I Fell"
(UK-1964)

"Eight Days a Week"
(US-1965)
"Ticket to Ride"
(1965)
"Help!"
(1965)

"Yes It Is" is a song by the Beatles, released in 1965. Written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) it was first released as the B-side to "Ticket to Ride". It features some of the Beatles' most complex and dissonant three-part vocal harmonies and showcases George Harrison's early use of volume pedal guitar.

Composition[edit]

In his 1980 interview with Playboy, John Lennon described it as an attempt to rewrite "This Boy" (the style of the song) that "didn't quite work".[1] Paul McCartney on the other hand described it as "a very fine song of John's", and said he was present when Lennon wrote it.[2]

Musical structure[edit]

The Song is in the key of E and begins (on "If you wear red tonight...") with a I–IV-ii7-V7 chord progression (E-A-F#m7-B7) in which the word "tonight" (B melody note) appears as a "delicately haunting" 4th above the F#m7.[3] The melodic pitches of this first two bar phrase are repeated (with initial repetition of the G# melody note) on "remember what I said tonight," except that the B melody note on the second "tonight" is now backed by a ♭VII (D) chord that shapes the B melody note into a more "luscious" 6th.[4] The chorus ("Yes it is, it's true. Yes it is, it's true") involves a I (E chord)- III (G# chord)- IV (A chord)- I (E chord) progression in which the major III (G#) chord appears for the first time in the Song to propel the Plagal drop from IV (A) to the tonic I (E) chord.[5]

Recording[edit]

Over the course of a five-hour recording session, the Beatles attempted 14 takes of the basic track before perfecting it,[6] more than any other song they recorded in 1965.[citation needed] It was recorded on 16 February, the same day that they completed Harrison's "I Need You".[6] After completing the rhythm track, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison recorded their vocal harmonies in three hours, singing live together.[6][7]

Release[edit]

"Yes It Is" was released as the B-side of "Ticket to Ride" in both the UK and the US.[8] American pressings of the single erroneously show "Yes It Is" as being from the film Eight Arms to Hold You (the original title for the film, Help!),[9] in which it did not appear.[10]

The song was included on Beatles VI in the US, and on subsequent compilation albums including Love Songs, the British version of the Rarities album, Past Masters, Volume One (on which it made its first true stereo appearance), and also on Anthology 2 in an alternative version that combines the second and fourteenth takes. The original mono single mix appears on the Mono Masters CD as part of The Beatles in Mono box set.

Influence[edit]

Billy Joel said in a 2008 interview on the nationally-syndicated Rockline radio show that his 1980 song "Through The Long Night" was modelled after "Yes It Is."

Covers and parodies[edit]

Don Henley performed the song at an early Bridge School Benefit. A recording was issued on Bridge School Concerts, Vol. 1.

Peter Sellers performed a spoken parody which can be heard on A Celebration of Sellers, the four-CD anthology of Sellers' recorded material, released in 1993.

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sheff 2000, p. 196.
  2. ^ Beatles Interview Database 2009.
  3. ^ Dominic Pedler. The Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles. Music Sales Limited. Omnibus Press. NY. 2003. p721
  4. ^ Dominic Pedler. The Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles. Music Sales Limited. Omnibus Press. NY. 2003. p721
  5. ^ Dominic Pedler. The Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles. Music Sales Limited. Omnibus Press. NY. 2003. p112-113
  6. ^ a b c Lewisohn 1988, p. 54.
  7. ^ The Beatles Bible 2009.
  8. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 200.
  9. ^ Harry 2000, p. 1074.
  10. ^ Harry 2000, p. 504.
  11. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 146.

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