The Beatles ‎– Help!

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Songs from the Film "Help!"
A1 Help!
Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
A2 The Night Before
Electric Piano – John*Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
A3 You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Flute – John*Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
A4 I Need You
Written-By – Harrison*
A5 Another Girl
Guitar – Paul*Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
A6 You're Going To Lose That Girl
Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
A7 Ticket To Ride
Guitar – Paul*Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
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B1 Act Naturally
Written-By – Russell*, Morrison*
B2 It's Only Love
Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
B3 You Like Me Too Much
Electric Piano – John*Piano [Steinway] – George Martin, Paul*Written-By – Harrison*
B4 Tell Me What You See
Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
B5 I've Just Seen A Face
Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
B6 Yesterday
Guitar – Paul*Written-By – Lennon-McCartney
B7 Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Written-By – Williams*

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First pressing. August 6, 1965. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Capitol print. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label.

Variation A. The original 1st labels used a Sans-Serif font and the * credit indicator for “I Need You” was placed to the right of the song title with a space between: I Need You *.

Variant B (this one): Other of the original labels used a thick font and the same * credit indicator for “I Need You” was placed to the right of the song title with a space between: I Need You *. In addition, the laqueur numbers (XEX.549 & XEX.550) shifted relative to date on the both sides.

Variation C. Side 1 is practically the same as in variation 1A but the titles of “Girl” on track 5 and 6 are now aligned directly above each other. Side 2 has a few more differences in the tracklist layout. Most noticeably, the second line now begins with BIEM instead of NCB; and “Yesterday” now no longer begins on its own line. The layout in general is neater with the space being used a little more efficiently.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1, stamped): XEX 549-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2, stamped): XEX 550-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): XEX.549
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): XEX.550

Other Versions (5 of 424) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CSJ 105, CSJ-105 The Beatles Help!(LP, Album, Unofficial, Red) 中聲, 中聲 CSJ 105, CSJ-105 Taiwan 1968 Sell This Version
2C 064-04257 The Beatles Les Beatles Chansons du film 'Help'(LP, RE) Odeon 2C 064-04257 France Unknown Sell This Version
064 7 46439 1, 7 46439 1, 064-7 46439 1 The Beatles Help!(LP, Album, RE, RM, DMM) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone 064 7 46439 1, 7 46439 1, 064-7 46439 1 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
SHZE 162 The Beatles Help!(LP, Album) HÖR ZU SHZE 162 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
EAS-70134 The Beatles Help!(LP, Album, Mono, RE, Red) Odeon EAS-70134 Japan 1986 Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

March 12, 2017

On the surface it’s easy to dismiss The Beatles Help! as nothing more than a Marx Brothers romp across the world, as a rag-tag crew of ne’er-do-wells go to outlandish lengths in an attempt to steal a mystical ring from the hand of Mr. Starr ... and if you haven’t seen this tongue in cheek film, please do. But below the surface, with Sgt. Pepper just around the corner, both the film and the music relay what happens when the public image of The Beatles smacks up against their actual inner lives; lives filled with fame, paranoia, failing marriages, and the need to become adults, with original thoughts, in a world that wanted nothing more than to keep the Fab Four and Beatlemania rolling on and on and on.

These were heady dark days, and it’s true, people were looking for something to take their thoughts away from the Cold War and the ever impending conflict in Viet Nam, that with each passing day brought Beatle fans one step closer to the Induction Center. Counter The Beatles wisecracking frolics with the Civil Rights movement that was changing everything that Americans thought they knew and understood, and it’s no wonder that this is a confusing misunderstood album, one with a foot in two time periods, with The Beatles wanting nothing more than to be taken seriously, comment on all they saw around them, and their place to effect and influence others.

The song “Yesterday” is a prime example, and while certainly personal, much more light and airy than the 900 plus opus covers it would spawn, signifying not a song of love gone south, but of the times in which we all found ourselves living, where what we thought we’d known [yesterday], actually did seem far away as compared to the headlines of the world. The Beatles almost seemed to be putting on a disguise, an act that became a reality with Sgt. Pepper, where The Beatles freed themselves to do anything they wished by creating an alternate band. Just listen to Lennon on “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” where in a Dylan influenced fever he swaps well known harmonies, changing his voice and tenor, almost slashing in his attempt to keep the music rags at bay, to carve out some private space for himself. Yet there’s still a naiveté in the McCartney song “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” a playful number of innocence and first love that connects those early years with these pot smoking changing times.

Keeping in mind the atmosphere from which it rose, Help! was not just a soundtrack to a movie, it was the music for opening credits to the counter culture revolution, one where youth in all of its glory was plastered across the silver screen in living colour and stereophonic sound. Help! defined a corner as it was being turned, and for a brief year and a half of brilliant music, laced with liquid acid, all change seemed magically possible, as if by sheer will and good thoughts, wrongs would be righted, the heavens would part, and the horrors of a previous generation, pushed aside.

Like it or not ... take it seriously or not ... Help! is an album that needs to be reckoned with.

*** Pick the UK edition, it’s the only one worth considering.

Review by Jenell Kesler
nealedward

nealedward

March 5, 2017

printed and made by garrod and lofthouse ltd mine says
porkchopsjar

porkchopsjar

February 15, 2017
https://www.discogs.com/Beatles-Help/release/6484537

I used to have this version. Side one played in mono (presumably the '65 mono mix) while side two was clearly the '87 George Martin remix with the extra reverb etc.

Was this variation standard to all of the 1987 Canadian pressings, or did I just get a weird one? I wish I'd kept the thing now...
Kisstory

Kisstory

December 12, 2016
I recently acquired a really interesting Soviet copy of Help!. Would anyone be able to point me in the right direction for more information on it? I'm really interested in the origin
ellis2184

ellis2184

November 5, 2016
Can someone help me. I have a Red Vinyl Help album from Hollywood Records. I can't find anything on it.
bas_vossen

bas_vossen

November 11, 2015
my release has SMAS - 2386 on the label. Can't find this here...?
vinylhead1984

vinylhead1984

May 30, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
How come there are no U.S. Releases on here? I have 3 copies that I'm trying to put on my collection. Updated: never mind found one.
value-vinyl

value-vinyl

December 16, 2014
I think this listing is incorrect. It SAYS that 'Yesterday' now no longer appears on its own line, but it SHOWS photos where 'Yesterday' does have its own line ? All the details of the first three Variants of the first press are here -
http://thebeatles-collection.com/wordpress/2011/07/16/help-parlophone-pmc-1255/
Masterpaul

Masterpaul

December 31, 2013
There is a 1989/1990 Australian DMM version - mastered by Paul Bryant (2)
F-430

F-430

March 10, 2013
I own a copy as follows :
Cover Germany EMI Electrola 1 C 062-04 257 n , disc Apple 1 C 062-04 257 .
Any ideas ? If the disc was exchanged - where to find an Apple disc with this number ?