It’s All Too Much (1969) – The Beatles

It’s All Too Much is one of my preferred later-period tracks from The Beatles although I haven’t heard it often. Most of what is contained in this article are excerpts from the Wikipedia reference below. The instrumentals blow my listening senses. George Harrison wrote it as a celebration of his experiences with the hallucinogenic drug LSD, but following a visit to Haight-Ashbury in August 1967, he distanced himself from its usage.

When I look into your eyes, your love is there for me
And the more I go inside, the more there is to see

It’s all too much for me to take
The love that’s shining all around you
Everywhere, it’s what you make
For us to take, it’s all too much

The song features a Hammond organ, which gives the track a drone-like quality typical of Indian music, electric guitar feedback, and an overdubbed brass section. Largely self-produced by the band, the recording displays an informal approach that contrasts with the discipline of the Beatles’ previous work, particularly Sgt. Pepper. The song’s sequence in the Yellow Submarine film has been recognised for its adventurousness in conveying a hallucinogenic experience.

Harrison credited LSD as being the catalyst for his interest in Indian classical music, particularly the work of Ravi Shankar, and Eastern spirituality. He also said his aim had been “to write a rock’n’roll song about the whole psychedelic thing of the time.”

1. It’s All Too Much – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Music
5 comments on “It’s All Too Much (1969) – The Beatles
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    I like the Jimi Hendrix like intro. This is the definition of a under the radar song…I love it. Three Dog Night…did a song called Family of Man…they had to steal this riff. It’s almost identical.
    Great post Matt

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: