Friday, May 2, 2008

The Beatles Help!

Help! is the fifth album by The Beatles, and the soundtrack album from their film of the same name, Help!

Produced by George Martin for EMI Records, the album (in its original British form) contains seven songs that appeared in the movie of the same name, and seven that did not, including the most covered song in history, the Paul McCartney ballad "Yesterday".

The album also features two transatlantic number one singles: "Ticket to Ride" and the title song. Tracks like Lennon's "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" indicate the influence of Bob Dylan and folk music. In later years, Lennon said that the title track of the album was a sincere cry for help, as the pressures of the Beatles' fame and his own unhappiness (what he later called his "fat Elvis" period) began to build, and that he regretted turning it from a downbeat song in the style of Roy Orbison's "Only the Lonely" to an upbeat pop song as a result of commercial pressures.

Side one

All songs on side one appear in the movie.

1. The Beatles "Help!" – 2:18
2. The Beatles "The Night Before" – 2:33
3. The Beatles "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" – 2:08
4. The Beatles "I Need You" (George Harrison) – 2:28
5. The Beatles "Another Girl" – 2:05
6. The Beatles "You're Going to Lose That Girl" – 2:17
7. The Beatles "Ticket to Ride" – 3:10

Side two

1. The Beatles "Act Naturally" (Johnny Russell, Voni Morrison) – 2:29
2. The Beatles "It's Only Love" – 1:54
3. The Beatles "You Like Me Too Much" (Harrison) – 2:35
4. The Beatles "Tell Me What You See" – 2:36
5. "I've Just Seen a Face" – 2:04
6. The Beatles "Yesterday" – 2:03
7. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" (Larry Williams) – 2:53

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