The Beatles – Help

ARTIST: The Beatles                                 Help

TITLE:  Help

YEAR RELEASED: 1965

CHART ACTION: #1 US, #1 UK

SINGLES: Help (#1 US, #1 UK), Yesterday (#1 US), Ticket to Ride (#1 US, #1 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Night Before, Act Naturally, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, You’re Going to Lose that Girl

LINEUP: John, Paul, George, Ringo

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Soundtrack to their second film has some all-time hits, but there is a few filler tracks.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Rebounding after their lackluster (for them) Beatles for Sale period, the filming of the movie Help and the recording of the soundtrack gave the Liverpool lads some life. The movie soundtrack side has some great sides, such as the title track, Paul’s “The Night Before” and the excellent “Ticket to Ride”, which shows Ringo at his best.

The non-soundtrack side (the UK version, of course), had the Beatles best known ballad in “Yesterday”, and some other fine cuts. But there’s some less than stellar (again, it’s all relative) tracks for both John and Paul, and a cover of “Dizzy Miss Lizzie” that was probably exciting live but seems strained here.

Still, this is a rebound, and adds some sonic flavor in George’s tone pedal guitar, strings, and an electric piano. It’s not the best Beatles album, but you won’t skip any cuts.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The semaphore signal the Beatles give out doesn’t spell help but instead “NUJV”.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Well…the US version took Side 1 of the UK album and interspersed it with orchestral soundtrack recordings. The ‘extra’ songs were on three other Capitol Records, including the US Rubber Soul (sigh…)

GRADE: A-:  Many bands would kill for the songs I call ‘filler’ here.

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