Yes It Is
- John Lennon – double-tracked vocal, rhythm semi-acoustic guitar
- Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, electric bass guitar
- George Harrison – harmony vocal, lead electric guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
Yes It Is was mainly a John Lennon song, written in 1965 and released as a single record, the b-side to Ticket to Ride. The recording stands out because of Harrison's accomplished volume pedal guitar playing and the close harmonies of the three singers, which purposefully became dissonant at times. It is a ballad with some doo-wop chord changes, and is a love song in which Lennon expresses feelings he general kept to himself. In 1980, John Lennon told Playboy that it was one of his least favorite creations, an effort to re-do This Boy that flopped. McCartney has been more charitable to the song, calling it "a very fine song of John's."
Recording took five hours on February 16, 1965. Two hours were dedicated to the 14 takes of the base track, and then the three vocalists took three hours to overdub their close harmonies, singing together (rather than overdubbing each other).
In the US, Yes It Is came out on Beatles VI. In the UK, it was released on Rarities. Past Masters, Volume 1 has a copy of the single release, and Anthology 2 provides a different mix, using takes 2 and 14. The Love Songs compilation also features this song.