Obviously the Beatles were not too interested in the proposed cartoon movie that was released in 1969 and based on their more psychedelic ventures; the band had by that time moved on to a more organic approach, as heard on The Beatles (a.k.a. the White Album), which was released a few months before this disc. That disinterest can be seen in the fact that half of this disc is made up of producer George Martin's so-so incidental music for the film. That left fans with really only half a Beatle album, and even then they tossed in two tracks already found on other albums: Yellow Submarine, from 1966's Revolver and All You Need Is Love, from 1967's Magical Mystery Tour. So basically, you get four new songs here, and they aren't classics. Even the liner notes for this album were geared towards selling the White Album!
But it is the Beatles, after all, and even throwaways for this band can get feet tapping. Knowing the cartoon film would be geared more to a teeny-bopper/kiddie crowd, the band included the goofy rocker Hey Bulldog, which sounds like it wants to be a great song, and the singalong silliness of All Together Now. Then you have the irony of George Harrison's insipid Only A Northern Song. However, Harrison does offer one of his best tracks here, the rocker It's All Too Much, and shows that he was indeed a fine guitarist. That alone elevates this disc to its 3-star rating.
So, buy a 'best of' collection for the band's classics. Get this disc to complete your set of Beatle albums and to hear It's All Too Much. (And watch the film -- it is cute, although the humor is terribly English.)