Beatles Classic EP, For Kids?


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The cover contains the paint hand-print of a child to dedicate the EP to young listeners.

Caitlyn Kowalski, Features Editor

On Nov. 13, The Beatles released a six-song EP titled The Beatles for Kids – Morning, Afternoon & Night. With other small releases in previous years such as Das sind die Beatles (This is the Beatles), this particular EP highlights upbeat, innocent hits from The Beatles’ more popular albums.

Containing the famous hit, “Yellow Submarine” from the 1966 album Revolver, this EP is undoubtedly upbeat and popular. This single went to number one on charts in the United Kingdom and several other European countries, and in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It won an Ivor Novello Award for the highest certified sales of any single written by a British songwriter and issued in the UK in 1966. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The ep also holds the hit “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” from their 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”). It was written by Paul McCartney, and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. Following the album’s release, the song was issued as a single in many countries, although not in Britain or America, and topped singles charts in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, and West Germany. When belatedly issued as a single in the United States in 1976, its peak was at number 49 on the Billboard charts.

This EP was certainly an unexpected release for The Beatles considering they are not really known for children’s music. With such famous songs on this EP, there is no doubt that it is enjoyable to listen to. Personally, I think the perfect way to submerge younger children into the world of classic rock is through The Beatles. With that in mind, this cheerful release is definitely a great listen for any time of the day.