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The Beatles
British Invasion,Contemporary Pop/Rock,Rock & Roll,AM Pop,Folk-Rock,Psychedelic/Garage,Soundtracks
August 6, 1965
Date of recording:
February 15, 1965 - June 17, 1965
FLAC album size:
1811 mb
MP3 album size:
1478 mb
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The Beatles - Help! (1965).

Help! is the fifth studio album by English rock band the Beatles and the soundtrack from their film Help!. It was released on 6 August 1965. Produced by George Martin, it was the fifth UK album release by the band, and contains fourteen songs in its original British form. Seven of these, including the singles "Help!" and "Ticket to Ride", appeared in the film and took up the first side of the vinyl album.

The striking album front cover features The Beatles making semaphore signals but these do not spell Help! The album went immediately to n. in the British charts remaining there for a total of nine of its 37 weeks in the Top Twenty. Yet again in the US, things were different. Another soundtrack album was released which contained all the songs from side one of the UK album plus six instrumental pieces scored by Ken Thorne. It resulted in another US 1 album, which enjoyed a nine week stay during an overall chart run of 42 weeks.

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.

Help!' was The Beatles first British album release for 1965. Side one of the LP was the soundtrack for their movie Help! The album kicks off with the song of the same title 'Help!' This classic John wrote in 15 minutes still held the trademark excitement of Beatlemania but it contained Lennon’s more raucous vocals. The upbeat song kicks off with the powerful chorus as heard in 'She Loves You' previously - 5/5. The second song of the album is ‘The Night Before’ written by Paul. This upbeat rocker keeps the album flowing with McCartney’s powerful vocals.

Help! is the fifth studio album by English rock group the Beatles, and the soundtrack from their film Help! Produced by George Martin, it contains fourteen songs in its original. The album cover features the Beatles with their arms positioned to spell out a word in flag semaphore. According to cover photographer Robert Freeman, I had the idea of semaphore spelling out the letters HELP. But when we came to do the shot, the arrangement of the arms with those letters didn’t look good. So we decided to improvise and ended up with the best graphic positioning of the arms.

Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Help! John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:19
2 The Night Before John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:34
3 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:09
4 I Need You George Harrison The Beatles 2:28
5 Another Girl John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:05
6 You're Going to Lose That Girl John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:18
7 Ticket to Ride John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 3:09
8 Act Naturally Voni Morrison / Johnny Russell The Beatles 2:30
9 It's Only Love John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 1:56
10 You Like Me Too Much George Harrison The Beatles 2:36
11 Tell Me What You See John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:37
12 I've Just Seen a Face John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:05
13 Yesterday John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:05
14 Dizzy Miss Lizzy Larry Williams The Beatles 2:58
15 Help Mini-Documentary The Beatles


The Beatles - Primary Artist
Robert Freeman - Photography
George Harrison - Composer, Guitar
Mike Heatley - Liner Notes
Paul Hicks - Remastering
Kevin Howlett - Liner Notes
Bruce a. Karsh - Photography
John Lennon - Composer, Piano (Electric)
Sean Magee - Remastering
George Martin - Guest Artist, Piano, Producer
Guy Massey - Remastering
Paul McCartney - Composer, Guitar, Piano, Piano (Electric)
Voni Morrison - Composer
Sam O'Kell - Remastering
Steve Rooke - Remastering
Johnny Russell - Composer
Norman Smith - Engineer
Larry Williams - Composer
  • Binthars
The fifth studio album by The Beatles, HELP!, was a huge improvement to their sound. They started to make also nice, sophisticated songs, such as "Yesterday" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away". Still, there was nice, upbeat pop/rock songs, such as the title track, "I've Just Seen a Face" and "Ticket to Ride". The album was a transfer album in such a way. Their next album were to be Classics With capital C. No wonder, there was three songs on their "1" album from this one.
  • ACOS
I take issue with Allmusic's biography of The Beatles. There's a part where it essentially says "critics regard Help! and Beatles for Sale as their two weakest albums." I understand Beatles for Sale, but you put Help! in that same category? Really? I've looked up many upon many ranking of Beatles albums and while people tend to not rank Help! at the top I can't recall one that put Help! in the bottom two. Most I've seen often put either With the Beatles or Please Please Me below it. And that's not my opinion, I'm basing that on the rankings I've read online. But besides that point, in my opinion, this album is absolutely fantastic and probably their most underrated album.Now I'll admit, after the first time I heard this I walked away thinking it was a weaker version of their classic movie tie in LP "A Hard Day's Night" but upon repeated listens I keep finding more and more to love. While I would still say A Hard Day's Night is the better album, I find there is much more to talk about on Help! Most people regard Rubber Soul as their first semi-jump as artists before going full on into Revolver, but you can see the tinier steps work their way into the Beatles repertoire in Help! and that makes the album all the more interesting.The opening track is one of the Beatles masterpieces and really shows that while both writers were excellent, John matured his writing at a faster rate than Paul. "Help!" has great harmonies (it's really cool how the background vocals aren't on a simple time measure with the lead vocals, almost like an pre-echo of John) and this marks the first time the Beatles (John) wrote a song that was not about love. Paul follows it up with a very Beatlemania-esque song, although the implication of sex makes it a little more interesting, before John follows with another coup doing his best Bob Dylan impersonation on "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away". Then there's another John masterpiece with "Ticket to Ride" which has a really sick guitar riff to open the song.Paul writes two standout tracks along with the rest of his Beatle-mania material, the folk rock "I've Just Seen a Face" and the constant contender for favourite Beatles song "Yesterday". The latter is interesting because its the Beatles first use of instruments that couldn't be played by the band themselves, with George Martin's choice to add a string quartet that Paul was initially opposed to, but upon hearing it loved it. This kind of experimenting is what would push the Beatles in their studio era. The only drawbacks are the two inessential covers, which could have been replaced with heart-breaker "Yes it Is" to make a much better album.There's a lot of Beatle-mania material here, even George adds two entries as good as most of Paul and John's material, but the highlights I've talked about show how this album is much more than "A Hard Day's Night 2.0."
  • MrCat
Although this album is the soundtrack to their second feature movie, thematically it finds the Beatles starting to branch out and subtly venture into new musical territory. Bob Dylan's influence is stronger here, notably on John Lennon's "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" and the title track. Sonically, "Ticket to Ride" was one of the heaviest rock songs ever released at the time, and Paul McCartney delivers the pop standard "Yesterday" as a solo piece backed by a string ensemble although the song is credited to the band.The last cover tunes the group would release until Let It Be are here; the Larry Williams vocal-chord-shredder "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" and a country-western ditty "Act Naturally" sung by Ringo in one of his better vocal performances. And George has songs for the first time since the second album; "I Need You" and "You Like Me Too Much" aren't quite up to Beatles standards but do hold their own as great deep cuts and on a par with anything else anyone was writing at the time.In spite of the advances made on this album, it really depicts the group mainly marking time until the next trip to the studio where they wouldn't have the pressure to put out "product." Indeed, this album would be the last true "Beatlemania" album before they would start to use the studio to explore and experiment with their sound.
  • Swift Summer
Help! is a lot like Beatles For Sale, featuring strong and passionate songwriting but the thing that separates those two records is that there is better music on Help! as well as more concrete statements in the lyrics. John writes some of his best songs in the title track, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, and Ticket To Ride, while Paul adds the sly The Night Before and Another Girl, but it's Yesterday where McCartney becomes a major force in the songwriting department. George Harrison's songs don't match either Lennon or McCartney, but he's improving. Ringo is outstanding on Act Naturally. This is where the band begins its shift into more serious territory. Key tracks are the title track, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, You're Going To Lose That Girl, Ticket To Ride, I've Just Seen A Face, and Yesterday.
  • Araath
Help! Wow & sigh. As my favorite number one group of all-time, picking this as my favorite lp of theirs, edging out "Sgt. Pepper" , "Abbey Road" & heck all the rest of theirs is saying something. From the effervescent movie, which for me is the long player video for the music, the UK lp of "Help" is perfection. Although I do enjoy the 5 instrumentals on the US "Help", here on the UK lp, you get all 7 Help songs in one grand sweep with no interruptions. And then Side 2, not as "5 star " as side one, you get a "cobble-ation" of solid Beatle songs most notably the perrenial "Yesterday", Ringo's fun "Act Naturally" & the US "Rubber Soul" 's glorious opener "I've Just Seen a Face", but that's another story. It's the perfect Side 1 that makes this 5 stars & for me the full fruition of the early half of the Beatle sound.
  • Winasana
While the album's flaws prevent it from being in the same class as their later works and it lacks the consistency and pop perfection of A Hard Day's Night it's nonetheless a high quality outing, with highlights that are an indication of the musical brilliance to come. Even the material that can be comparatively called filler still is hardly bereft of merit, and some clever hooks can certainly be found there as well. The group makes some strong advances on Help!, be it the songwriting growth evidenced on songs like the title track or the excising of prominent stumbling blocks like the dreaded six cover formula, and the resulting product is a very good album that transcends its flaws and delivers a memorable, entertaining experience to the listener.
  • Alsath
This review of review is the second part of a thread based on my musical history based on my Album 100 list you can find in my profile with the first album being 12 Gold Bars by Status Quo.Maybe to each one's surprise I was already a rock lover for two years but hadn't actually consciously heard of the Beatles until I saw the film "Help!" at school around my 13/14 years and I was immediately sold! This movie was the start of an absolute love story with the title song and the whole album. Also this was the first and only LP I ever bought. After that I turned immediately to taping cassettes and exchanging them with friends (the first music ripping ;)Although "Help!" comes early in their carreer after their great but not fantastic earlier albums like "A Hard Day's Night", I think it really stands out. Apart from "Help!" itself I really liked and like their countryish songs like "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" and "You're Gonna Lose That Girl", but of course the pre-hard rock song "Helter Skelter" was also fantastic and "Yesterday" the absolute opposite of that.The Beatles are still one of my favorite bands and "Help!"still my favorite Beatles albums even with close contest from Abbey Road and Revolver. Although I'm a really big fan of the Rolling Stones, they can't compete with the Beatles and I'm sorry to say I didn't even include a Stones album in the list although different ones would appear for example in my top500.Also albums from projects after the Beatles of the Beatles' member don't appear in the rest of the to 100 although I'm a big fan of George Harrison, John Lennon, the Wings, etc as well.6 songs of this album appear in my songs Top 1000 which contains 23 songs of the Beatles:- Help! (this album)- You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (this album)- You're Gonna Loose that Girls (this album)- Ticket to Ride (this album)- I've Just Seen A Face (this album)- Yesterday (this album)- If I Fell (A Hard Days' Night)- Norwegian Wood (this bird has flown) (Rubber Soul)- Nowhere Man (Rubber Soul)- Michelle (Rubber Soul)- Girl (Rubber Soul)- In My Life (Rubber Soul)- Eleanor Rigby (Revolver)- Here, There and Everywhere (Revolver)- The Fool on the Hill (Magical Mistery Tour)- She's Leaving Home (Sgt Pepper's)- A Day in the Life (Sgt Pepper's)- Blackbird (White album)- Here Comes the Sun (Abbey Road)- Something (Abbey Road)- Across the Universe (Let it Be)- Paperback Writer (Past Masters)- Hey Jude (Past Masters)Next album: "Pet Sounds" from The Beach Boys
  • Arihelm
The group's second foray into feature films produced exceptional new music on this soundtrack album. "Help!", which includes "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," "Ticket to Ride," "Yesterday," mingles tracks featured in the film with groundbreaking original songs. With the release of this album, The Beatles brought a wide array of instrumentation (woodwinds, electric piano, tambourine) and orchestration to a pop album. The immediacy of their songwriting, their jangling riffs, and their charismatic vocals helped to usher in the sound of the '60s.
  • Moogugore
The Meatwhistles started smoking the debbil's weed round about late 1964 (that's right kids! tell 'em the BEATLES sent ya!), so by the time of the filming of Hep! they were truly herbal cowboys (have you seen it?)...which explains partially why this album seems to have been mostly tossed off when compared to recent triumphs. I get a real 'it's okay,'s a melody, here's some a dear and roll another, wouldya?' message from this one. But, see, there's these monsters on the first side. Real, huge, teeth bearing monsters masquerading as rock 'n' roll songs. Like, say, 'Help!'...quite a song and quite a plea from Beatle John, probably a clearer look into the window pane of his soul than anything else before 1968 or so. Plus it rocks! Thanks, George and Ringo, for keeping it rocking. Sometimes, you see, us rockers get a bit let down with the early- to mid-period Beatles because they sometimes don't rock enough for, you know, a rock band. But this one keeps the juice on, thank you, and John's hanging-by--a-thread vocals, erm, help. As does his fair Dylan aping on 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away'. As does the cool ever-so-experimental way that Paul sings 'The Night Before'. But just when you think this is the Beatles' 'Vocal Album', they thrown in some cool new instrumentation (no doubt with George Martin's assistance...or, if you will, HELP! ahahahahaha!!!!) like the strings on 'Yesterday' or the flute solo on 'Hide', or, well a few other examples hidden throughout. Buy it and make your own treasure search.
  • Xanzay
Simplistic pop for mature audiences or mature pop for simplistic audiences?Best song: HELP!Unless we are dealing with the American issue of this record, its A-side is supposed to reflect the actual soundtrack to the movie, while the B-side contains seven independent songs - technically repeating the formula of A Hard Day's Night (while the American release trustily repeated the formula of its own Hard Day's Night by stuffing the LP's other side with disposable instrumentals). But already the actual music is light years away from the level of 1964. By August '65, when the British LP came out, the competition was hot, and now that Bob Dylan had shown the way to making pop music count as real art, it was no longer just about retaining the top position on the charts; it was just as much, or even more about pushing the boundaries.Of course, he who wishes to still write off Help! as "early, immature Beatles" is fully within his right to do so. After all, it's the soundtrack to their most "immature" movie ever, isn't it? But this sure don't answer the question of how in the blazes did they manage to become "late and mature" over all of the exactly four long months that separate this album from Rubber Soul. Thus, let him who wishes to stay in question land stay there forever. I prefer to dwell in a land of answers.