Help!

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January 18, 2022

Help! is the fifth studio album by English rock band The Beatles, recorded and produced by George Martin. The album was released on 6 August 1965 in the UK, and 1 week later in the US. It was the soundtrack to the 1965 film of the same name. The band recorded the music in intervals between their shows. With Help!, The Beatles paid more attention to the studio, especially the overwriting technique. They discovered many new instruments and sound effects, which they used later on their landmark album, Rubber Soul. With Help!, The Beatles delved into aspects of pop culture. The A-side is the soundtrack of the movie, which contains some famous songs like "You're Going to Lose That Girl", especially "Help!" and "Ticket to Ride" were both released as singles. This A-side is also the vinyl part of the album. The B-side includes seven additional recorded songs surrounding the making of the film and album recording, including one of the most famous hits in history, "Yesterday", recorded by Paul McCartney with guitar and quartet. string play. Help! received a lot of positive reviews. In its first week of release, the album topped the UK Albums Chart and remained on the chart for 41 weeks. In the US, The Beatles only released the soundtrack album Help!. Of the remaining seven songs, two were featured on the Beatles' next album, Rubber Soul, two were featured on Yesterday and Today's albums, and the other three were featured on Beatles VI. To sum up, the songs of Help! was divided into 4 discs and all ranked number 1 here. In 2012, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Help! at number 331 on the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.

Circumstances of birth

After the huge success of his debut film A Hard Day's Night, [The Beatles continued to make their next musical film, this time in color, in early 1965. Help was the name that attracted director Richard. Lester from the start, but since it was used, the entire team was forced to follow a different choice. Beatles II was the title that came to mind, then they thought of Eight Arms to Hold You after the image of the god Kâlî appearing in the film. However, The Beatles opposed all of the above names, because they found the songs used to be irrelevant. In the end, they decided to adopt the name Help! with an exclamation mark, to ensure that both do not infringe on copyright and keep the original idea. Planning began at the end of February 1965, and the band was asked to compose a large number of songs according to the film's content. The songs were written during the first half of 1965, alternating tours, between the band's trips to the Bahamas, Austria and the UK for filming. A lot of songs were written even when the band never read a line of the script. At this time, The Beatles no longer wanted to pursue the image of Beatlemania. Sometimes, in interviews, they show their fatigue to the fans. Tours are becoming less and less frequent compared to the previous two years: a few shows in London, a European tour through France, Italy and Spain in late June and early July, before another tour.

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