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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • EAN: 5099910425718
  • Catalog Number: 3071

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Help! (2:19)
  2. 2 The Night Before (2:34)
  3. 3 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (2:09)
  4. 4 I Need You (2:28)
  5. 5 Another Girl (2:05)
  6. 6 You're Going to Lose That Girl (2:18)
  7. 7 Ticket to Ride (3:09)
  8. 8 Act Naturally (2:30)
  9. 9 It's Only Love (1:56)
  10. 10 You Like Me Too Much (2:36)
  11. 11 Tell Me What You See (2:37)
  12. 12 I've Just Seen a Face (2:05)
  13. 13 Yesterday (2:05)
  14. 14 Dizzy Miss Lizzy (2:58)
  15. 15 Help Mini-Documentary
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beatles Primary Artist
George Harrison Guitar, Vocals
John Lennon Guitar, Electric Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Paul McCartney Bass, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr Bongos, Drums, Marimbas, Tambourine, Vocals, Claves
George Martin Piano
David Katz Violin
Kenneth Essex Viola
Francisco Gabarro Cello
Tony Gilbert Violin
Sidney Sax Violin
John Scott Flute
Technical Credits
George Martin Producer
Alan Rouse Liner Notes
Norman Smith Engineer
Kevin Howlett Liner Notes
Steve Rooke Remastering
Guy Massey Remastering
Drew Lorimer Redesign
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Thank God the Album is better than the Movie

    While there are some songs unique to this album there are also some that are taken from singles and etc. so it's a little disjointed, but this is still a great album and ought to be part of any decent Rock collection.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVED IT!!!

    I was so happy when I saw that B&N had this in stock. It is my favorite album from The Beatles and I am glad to have it in my collection. :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD for a Non-Beatles Fan

    I've never liked The Beatles with their silly preschool songs about yellow submarines and guys named Jude. But when I heard the album "Help!", I was blown away. Tracks like "The Night Before" and "Another Girl" actually have meaning, whether good or bad. George Harrison finally got his act together in "I Need You" and up 'till this cd when he developed his strong husky voice, Paul McCartney sounded like all the rest of the British Invasion singers. I listen to this album almost every day and know all of the words by heart. I know every Beatles fan AND non-Beatles fan will enjoy this cd as much as I have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Help! Describes The Beatles

    When the album came out, this album was a complete change in what became known as "The Beatles". songs like Help!, You've got to Hide Your Love Away, Ticket to Ride all say something different than the same old music in The Beatle's early years. That is what I like about this album. As a Beatles collecter and fan, I HIGHLY recommend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fab Four Continue Musical Evolution

    On this record, the Beatles continue their growth and development as songwriters and musicians, especially Lennon & McCartney. The seven songs recorded for their second film Help! especially illustrate this evolution and stand among their best compositions. On the title track, the music is still evident of the power pop the band both invented and perfected but the lyrics continue the more existential, introspective trend that Lennon in particular had demonstrated on their previous record, Beatles for Sale. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" illustrates the growing influence of American folk rock, especially Bob Dylan, on Lennon's songwriting, while "Ticket to Ride," their best single up to that point, illustrates the influence of the American folk rock band the Byrds with the notes of John's Richenbacher twelve string dominating the song much like Roger McGuinn's did on "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn, Turn, Turn." McCartney's contributions also demonstrate a growth and development towards a more introspective focus. This is especially evident on "Yesterday" & "Tell Me What You See" but it can also be heard on more power pop oriented fare like "The Night Before" & "Another Girl." Having said all that, I still prefer the American version of this record to the British one despite the quirky instrumentals on the former. Unlike the non-soundtrack songs on A Hard Days Night, which perfectly complemented the songs recorded for the film, the non-soundtrack songs for Help! do not complement the soundtrack songs so nicely. They still sound like filler to me, with the obvious exceptions of "Its Only Love," "I've Just Seen a Face" & "Yesterday" each of which deserved far better than to be relegated to the non-soundtrack side of a soundtrack album. This would be the last Beatles album to feature covers: Buck Owens's "Act Naturally" sung by Ringo and Larry Williams "Dizzy Miss Lizzy." After this record they would expand their musical and personal horizons in ways not even suggested by the music on this record. So I guess one could call Help! the Fab Four's coming of age record. It really does only get better from here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love this album, definetly my favorite!

    It has songs that you usally don't get to here on the radio like "You Like Me Too Much" by George Harrison and "Tell me What You See" a Lennon/McCartney composition. It also has the number 1's, "Help", "Yesterday",and "Ticket To Ride". The other nine songs are also just as good!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doesn't need any HELP!

    Help- A great album. It is fun and energetic. "Help", the title song, is great. It has a fun beat and makes you just want to get up and dance spontaneously. As with the album, "A Hard Days Night", Help has many number one hits, such as "Help", "Ticket To Ride" and "Yesterday". This is a great album and a must for any Beatles collector and a great way to catch the ever-spreading Beatle-itis!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD! More than a five

    I love all the songs . It brings you into the world of Beatles music. A good CD with lots of exciting songs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What more can you ask for?

    One of the best Beatle albums in my opinion. Really a great rythem and tempo in all the songs. The Beatles really are amazing. Buy it today! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A near-perfect album.

    ROCK BEATS 101: When ¿Help!¿ was released in 1965, the world of popular music ¿ here in the States, anyway ¿ was abuzz about The Beatles¿ ¿new sound.¿ Some said it was a ¿country¿ sound. My friends and I didn¿t hear it that way. It wasn¿t really a new sound, or even a country sound; some of the songs just had a different, less raucous beat. The Beatles¿ music was becoming less beat driven. The group¿s previous album (in the fall of 1964) offered not one, but two Carl Perkins songs. Also, ¿I¿m a Loser¿ and ¿I Don¿t Want to Spoil the Party¿ were set to a ¿ for lack of a better term ¿ ¿rockabilly¿ beat similar to the Perkins tunes. This beat (used in rockabilly, but a descendant of swing) is more of a quick shuffle than straight 4s. A perfect example of this is what Ringo plays on his high hat during the verses in ¿I¿m a Loser.¿ This beat crept into their recorded repertoire as far back as the spring of ¿64 with ¿Matchbox,¿ another Perkins tune. Let¿s look at the transition to that rockabilly beat. Remember, not just any shuffle counts; we¿re looking for a very quick shuffle. ¿With the Beatles¿: None of the songs have this beat. ¿A Hard Day¿s Night¿: ¿I¿ll Cry Instead¿ has it. ¿Beatles For Sale¿: Four songs have it. ¿Help!¿: Five songs have it. THE SONGS: With that out of the way, The Beatles¿ style of composition changed very little here. They were still writing fantastic songs of impeccable taste using classy, involved chord progressions and brilliant melodies. Some complain about the guy-loves-girl nature of the lyrics. That doesn¿t bother me one bit. Songs like ¿The Night Before,¿ ¿I Need You,¿ ¿Ticket to Ride¿ and ¿Yesterday¿ are absolute masterworks! (Can you tell old Murray likes The Beatles?) This is a phenomenal, near-perfect album that belongs in every Rock collection. ONE GLARING DEFECT: In 1965, the group¿s songwriting abilities reached far, far beyond simple rock and roll chord progressions of the ¿1-4-5¿ nature. However, during the ¿Help!¿ sessions, they recorded two songs by Larry Williams ¿ ¿Dizzy Miss Lizzy¿ and ¿Bad Boy¿ ¿ especially for the North American market. The following day, those two songs were whisked off to the States. Five weeks later they appeared on the Capitol LP ¿Beatles VI.¿ To me, those two songs have always sounded like the product of a rush job. They sound lackluster compared to the white-hot ¿Slow Down¿ (another Williams tune), recorded the previous year. The band was beyond that style of music anyway. ¿Bad Boy¿ never made it onto a British LP until December 1966, when it appeared on a collection of oldies. I maintain the opinion to this day that ¿Dizzy Miss Lizzy¿ never should have made it onto the ¿Help!¿ album. It sticks out like a very sore thumb. There was a far better choice to end this fantastic record: Paul¿s deliciously raucous ¿I¿m Down¿! (Ladies and Gentlemen: Ready your CD burners!) Cheers, Murray

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BeAtLeS LoVeR!!!!!

    I LOVE THIS CD! The song I Need You is awesome!!!!!! Wait a second! ALL THE SONGS ARE AWESOME!!!!! :D uh heheheh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listener: 15-Year-Old Beatles fan

    If you haven't had a chance to see the movie, listening to this CD is the second best thing. Not all of the songs on here were in the movie, but who cares! They're good songs and that's all that counts! Every song on here is just great, and I must say I hate to say things like this about Beatle albums because I like everything that they've ever done equally, but I think that the music in Help! was much better than the music in A Hard Day's Night! This album is a MUST listen! I highly recommend, especially to those that are listening to The Beatles for the first time. These songs were probably among the first Beatle songs I've ever heard, and I'd recommend this to anyone who's thinking of buying their first Beatles album, and I feel that this should be the one for them to get.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Help!

    The HELP LP was the blast and the beatles rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS CLASSIC NEEDS NO HELP

    This LP is much more than a soundtrack, it is 'THE BEATLES' on the verge of becoming great. From the title track, to the last song is a compilation of delightful melodies that has help transend popular music to where it is today. THE BEATLES were on the verge of changing, this classic shows it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Album!

    This British compilation of the 'Help!' LP is a much, much greater value then the originally issued American version. Though, perhaps not as much as a standout as was 'A Hard Day's Night' in it's day, it nonetheless offers quality and notable diversification. From the cleverly Dylan-ish, Lennon 'Hide Your Love Away' we go to the almost skiffle like, 'back to the Beatles roots', 'I've Just Seen a Face'. [It's always puzzled me though, why 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy' was chosen on the LP track playing order to totally explode us off our keesters right after slowly savoring the marvelous 'Yesterday!'] ... NICE LP!

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