Help!

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album + Soundtrack

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Help! (UK stereo) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3071
Help! (UK mono) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1255
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (stereo) 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SMAS-2386
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (mono) 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) MAS-2386 [none]
Help! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (first Apple Records pressing) 12" Vinyl 12 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SMAS-2386 [none]
Help! (UK stereo) 12" Vinyl 14 Apple Records 1C 072-04 257
Help! 12" Vinyl 14 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-105 [none]
Help! (1987 remix) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46439 2 077774643924
Help! (1987 remix) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46439 2 077774643924
Help! (1987 remix) CD 14 Apple Records, Parlophone CDP 7 46439 2 077774643924
Help! (original mix) CD 14 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone C2 46439 077774643924
Help! (Apple Records) CD 14 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone CDP 7 46439 2 077774643924
Help! (1987 remix) CD 14 EMI (double‐boxed EMI logo representing Japanese domestic repertoire from 東芝EMI and EMIミュジック・ジャパン, until the latter’s acquisition by Universal Music Japan in April 2013), Apple Records, Parlophone TOCP-51115 4988006739994
Help! (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 16 Apple Records, Parlophone 0946 3 82415 2 2 094638241522
Help! (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 14 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone 0946 3 82415 2 2 094638241522
Help! (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 15 Apple Records, EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Parlophone 0946 3 82415 2 2 094638241522
Help! 12" Vinyl 14 Apple Records, Parlophone 0094638241515 094638241515
Help! 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1255 602537825745
Help! (remastered 2009) Digital Media 14 602547670052
Bootleg
Help! CD 36 СД-Максимум (CD-Maximum) CDM 0500-428

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Help! (single)
Ticket to Ride
included in: The Beatles Box Set
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 331)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189173 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/45895 [info]
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059260/ [info]
Wikidata: Q201816 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Help! (album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beatles:Help!_(1965) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/help__f1/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/v34z [info]
http://www.bootlegzone.com/album.php?name=cdm428&section=1 [info]

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Help! is The Beatles' second movie soundtrack, and its inferior in many ways to its predecessor. Where 1964's A Hard Day's Night took the band's inventiveness to new levels, and was complemented by one of George Martin's sharpest production jobs, this set sounded rushed and light on studio sheen.

Its title-track - written as a heartfelt slow ballad - was sped up by Martin and turned into a jittery single to accompany cartoonesque footage of the band footling about on skis up a hill. Self-pity, one of Lennon's favourite moods, rears its Beatley head on the pop-Dylan of You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, and Ringo's highlight is a (pretty well-chosen) cover of Buck Owens' country hit, Act Naturally. Oh, and the token rock'n'roll song, Larry Williams' Dizzy Miss Lizzy, seems dizzy from malnutrition more than anything else.

But this is a Beatles album, so it's unlikely to not be at least brilliant in places. It contains the most popular song never to be beaten to death by an X Factor contestant, the genuinely beautiful Yesterday. It's got Ticket to Ride, the song that saw The Beatles take on The Kinks, the Stones and The Who at their own, more rocky game. And Help! itself, while not the pre-primal scream yell of pain that Lennon wanted it to be (such songs would come later), is still a brilliant, pounding single, a cry of despair so full of "woo!"s that you reckon The Beatles are still enjoying themselves.

McCartney's I've Just Seen a Face is another highlight (it's a song he liked so much that it was one of the few Beatles numbers he performed with his 70s group, Wings), and Act Naturally is so infectious, silly and perfectly 1960s-country that it deserved its number one US singles spot. So, Help! is not as brilliant as some Beatles records, but it's still pretty brilliant.