Hear John Lennon sing Yellow Submarine as a melancholy acoustic ballad in this unearthed Revolver outtake

John Lennon
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Ahead of the arrival of the Special Edition reissue of The Beatles’ 1966 studio LP Revolver, a never-before-heard demo of Yellow Submarine – one that sees John Lennon perform it as a solo acoustic guitar ballad – has been released.

It’s certainly Yellow Submarine like you’ve never heard before, swapping out Ringo Starr’s vocals and the peppy, upbeat sing-along vibe for a far more reflective, melancholic direction.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.