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Released in 1965, 14 tracks, 41 min

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Help! A trip without return

Summer of 1965, the world was already aware of the existence of an English band that was capable of everything. One of the things that made this possible was the album Help! which contained several of the songs that later would be referents to identify the band everywhere, and in future generations. On a previous occasion, and with the reason for my Narrative of the album A Hard Day's Night, I had already commented on the unfortunateness of his films. For Help! a film was also released that, although many want to defend it with exotic arguments, was very bad, in fact, the only thing I can see in that film is a group of crazy people who do things without sense but, when the time comes to sing, they become serious and bright. I still do not understand the reason why many people like to put musicians and singers in this serious image risk, since in most cases they are very bad actors and, in addition, they choose very bad stories that make them look ridiculous. I know that, if we want to see it with good eyes, we could speak marvelously about this and other films of musicians and singers; however, the truth is that they are not worth it, no matter how much we want to defend them. But following the important thing, music, for which the Fab Four lived and gave all their creativity, things are much more kind and lucky for all. On another occasion, I spoke of the album Beatles For Sale as the bridge in the history of the band, a before and an after. Well, I think Help! represents the second third of the bridge traveled by the boys of Liverpool towards that trip without return, where they would become the majesties of international music and would be preparing the ground for their masterpiece. We still have to talk about the last part of the journey through that bridge that will be the next album: Rubber Soul, but that will be in charge in the next Narrative. In the moments when the world listened to Help! it became clear that the British group was separated from the rest of the musicians and singers of the English wave that had flooded the world, The Rolling Stones were even astray from the scene and it would not be until 1967 that they would reappear. In the United States, the world of rock and pop was in effervescence and, although there were great representatives of those genres on radio and concerts, The Beatles eclipsed everything. There was no way to stop the madness that unleashed in the big record-buying market as it was and still is the American Union. The album still had some of the English folk that had been used in their first albums and so they were particularly unique in the United States (their accents and rhythms caused much attraction among Americans) however, the appearance of more sophisticated compositions and orchestral arrangements ended up conquering even those who remained skeptical about the excellence and transcendence of the band. The pure rock songs could not miss, and all this mix made of Help! a legend in the history of twentieth-century music.

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio
Jun 08, 2019

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  • Aug 06, 1965


  • Stage & Screen


  • Parlophone
  • Capitol


  • George Martin
  • George Martin, Dave Dexter, Jr.


  • EMI Studios, London
  • EMI Studios, London


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 second side contained seven other releases including the most-covered song ever written, "Yesterday".
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