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Help! [LP]
     

Help! [LP]

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by The Beatles
 

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Considering that Help! functions as the Beatles' fifth album and as the soundtrack to their second film -- while filming, they continued to release non-LP singles on a regular basis -- it's not entirely surprising that it still has some of the weariness of Beatles for Sale. Again, they pad the album with covers, but the

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Considering that Help! functions as the Beatles' fifth album and as the soundtrack to their second film -- while filming, they continued to release non-LP singles on a regular basis -- it's not entirely surprising that it still has some of the weariness of Beatles for Sale. Again, they pad the album with covers, but the Bakersfield bounce of "Act Naturally" adds new flavor (along with an ideal showcase for Ringo's amiable vocals) and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" gives John an opportunity to flex his rock & roll muscle. George is writing again and if his two contributions don't touch Lennon and McCartney's originals, they hold their own against much of their British pop peers. Since Lennon wrote a third more songs than McCartney, it's easy to forgive a pair of minor numbers ("It's Only Love," "Tell Me What You See"), especially since they're overshadowed by four great songs. His Dylan infatuation holds strong, particularly on the plaintive "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" and the title track, where the brash arrangement disguises Lennon's desperation. Driven by an indelible 12-string guitar, "Ticket to Ride" is another masterpiece and "You're Going to Lose That Girl" is the kind of song McCartney effortlessly tosses off -- which he does with the jaunty "The Night Before" and "Another Girl," two very fine tunes that simply update his melodic signature. He did much better with "I've Just Seen a Face," an irresistible folk-rock gem, and "Yesterday," a simple, beautiful ballad whose arrangement -- an acoustic guitar supported by a string quartet -- and composition suggested much more sophisticated and adventurous musical territory, which the group immediately began exploring with Rubber Soul. [A 14-track LP was released in 2012.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094638241515
catalogNumber:
82415
Rank:
1079

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Beatles   Primary Artist

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Help! 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JimmyJH More than 1 year ago
If you are expecting to get the Ken Thorne Soundtrack with the instrumentals, THIS IS NOT IT! What you get is the regular stereo remaster with a t-shirt. The following tracks are NOT on the CD: 1 Help!(with the "James Bond" Beginning) 2:35 3 From Me to You Fantasy Instrumental 2:03 6 In the Tyrol Instrumental 2:21 8 Another Hard Day's Night Instrumental 2:28 10 The Bitter End 2:20 12 The Chase Instrumental 2:24