It's Only Love is a song written mostly by John Lennon, and credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was first released by The Beatles in 1965, on the Help! album in the UK, and on the Rubber Soul album in the US.
Background and compositionEdit
In his 1994 biography Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, McCartney said of the song: "Sometimes we didn't fight it if the lyric came out rather bland on some of those filler songs like 'It's Only Love'. If a lyric was really bad we'd edit it, but we weren't that fussy about it, because it's only a rock 'n' roll song. I mean, this is not literature."
The Beatles recorded "It's Only Love" on 15 June 1965. They recorded six takes of the rhythm track, although two of these were incomplete. Lennon overdubbed his vocals onto the final take, and George Harrison recorded a guitar part through a rotating Leslie speaker.
Take two of "It's Only Love" was included on Anthology 2 in 1996, along with the incomplete third attempt.
- John Lennon - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (Gibson J-160E, Rickenbacker 325)
- Paul McCartney - Bass Guitar (Hofner 500/1)
- George Harrison - Lead Guitar (Grestch Tennessean), Rhythm Guitar (Framus Hootenanny)
- Ringo Starr - Drums, Tambourine