Released on 6th August, 1965, and eight months after Beatles For Sale, the recordings for Help! had actually started in earnest in mid February just one month after the guys had completed a season of ‘Another Beatles Christmas Show’ at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Within days of the final February session, they were off to the Bahamas to film scenes for the movie, which like ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ was directed by Richard Lester.
From the Bahamas, The Beatles headed East to Obertauern, in Austria before heading back to the UK for more filming. A new single, ‘Ticket To Ride’ was released on 9th April and this needed to be promoted so various TV performances took place from the end of March to mid April along with an appearance at NME Poll-winners concert. All of these taking place either side of more filming which continued on and off until the middle of June by which time The Beatles had returned to Abbey Road to complete the material for the non-soundtrack side of the forthcoming album. On the 12th June, 1965 it was announced that The Beatles had been awarded MBE’s in the Queen’s birthday honours list – an accolade previously never given to young pop stars
Like A Hard Day’s Night, Help! contained the songs from the film on side one of the album with the other side devoted to other new recordings including two covers. Unlike A Hard Day’s Night, the two singles released prior to and alongside the album had exclusive B-sides. Help! also marked the return of George Harrison as a songwriter. George contributed one song to each side of the album.
The striking album front cover features The Beatles making semaphore signals but these do not spell Help!
The album went immediately to no.1 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. The remaining non-film tracks were scattered over three different albums in the U.S. The most famous of these, ‘Yesterday’ also being released as a single in September and later going on to reach # 1 for a period of four weeks.
NME Friday, March 12, 1965
Beatles Greatest U.S. Show to Be Filmed
British fans may see the Beatles’ most important concert ever – on television. The group will appear before nearly 60,000 fans at the Shea Stadium in New York on August 15 at the start of their second American tour. Ed Sullivan, America’s most famous TV personality, will introduce them on stage at this show. Brian Epstein revealed exclusively to the NME on Wednesday: I am arranging to have the whole fantastic performance filmed, and, if it is suitable, I will arrange worldwide release for it almost immediately afterwards.
NME Friday, July 23, 1965
Beatles New LP And Why They Need ‘Help’
I’m not usually in a very receptive or agreeable mood at ten’o’clock on a Monday morning, but this week I was quickly jerked out of my lethargy when I settled down to listen to the new Beatles’ album. In fact, I can guarantee that this LP is the ideal cure for the depressions. Without doubt ‘Help’ will be topping the LP chart within a week or so of its official release date – and will probably make an appearance in the singles chart. It’s typical Beatles material, and offers very few surprises. But then, who wants surprises for the Beatles?
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- 13 August 1965
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Help! is the fifth UK album and tenth U.S. album by The Beatles, and the soundtrack album from their film of the same name. Produced by George Martin for EMI's Parlophone Records, the album (in its original British form) contains seven songs that appeared in the film Help! (including the singles "Help!" and "Ticket to Ride"), and seven that did not. In 2003, the album was ranked number 332 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Compact Disc release
Compact Disc in 1987, using the 14-song UK track lineup. Having been available only as an import in the US in the past, the 14 track UK version of the album was also issued domestically in the US on LP and cassette on 21 July 1987. As with the CD release of the 1965 Rubber Soul album, the Help! CD featured a contemporary stereo digital remix of the album prepared by George Martin. One of the most notable changes is the echo added to Dizzy Miss Lizzy, something that was not evident on the original mix of the LP. A few Canadian-origin CD editions of Rubber Soul and Help! use the original mix of the album, presumably by error. The 2009 remastered CDs will feature the 1987 George Martin mix on the stereo disc, while the mono disc with contain the 1965 mono mix as well as the 1965 stereo mix.
Mark Lewisohn and Allan W. Pollack.Lewisohn, Mark. The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years, ISBN 0-681-03189-1. The Complete Beatles Chronicle, ISBN 0-600-60033-5.Pollack, Allan W. "Notes on... series", retrieved from http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/awp-notes_on.shtml George Harrison – lead and background vocals; lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars; percussion John Lennon – lead, harmony and background vocals; rhythm and acoustic guitars; electric piano and Hammond organ; percussion. Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and background vocals; lead, acoustic and bass guitars; electric and acoustic piano and guiro Ringo Starr – drums, percussion, lead vocals and backing vocals ;Additional musicians George Martin – piano and production John Scott – flutes on "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" string quartet on "Yesterday", as arranged and conducted by George Martin with Paul McCartney
Beatlebob :) on 31st May 13:
Agatha correia on 30th May 13:
“I LOVE ONLY LOVE”
chrisforsale on 7th Apr 13:
“The most mysterious Beatles album cover. Everyone is reversed except Paul and they are all rearranged in some way.”
Maiubeatlemaniaca on 3rd Feb 13:
“my favorite cd
mi cd favorito”
BeatleManiacAmber on 2nd Feb 13:
“This album is just perfect. <3”
JohnLego on 4th Dec 12:
You've got to Hide You're Love away
The Night Before
it's Only Love
I Need You
Ticket to Ride
You're Gonna Lose that Girl
I've Just Seen a Face
Tell Me What You See
You Like me to Much
Dizzy Miss Lizzy”
johnpa on 2nd Oct 12:
“great guys, good work”
Fan Beatle 19 on 15th Sep 12:
“fue mi primer album!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 q recuerdos!!!”
Fan Beatle 19 on 4th Sep 12:
“this is my favourite album! <3
este es mi album favorito!:D <3”
fixing a hole on 9th Jul 12:
“ME ENCANTA ESE ALBUM!!!! :) sobre todo dizzy miss lizzy,yesterday ,another girl,it's only love,you like me too much,i need you y act naturally”
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