Help Yourself

Help Yourself

Help Yourself, known to their fans as "The Helps", were an English rock band of the early 1970’s whose style developed from “American-flavoured country-rock… …to acid-drenched psych.”

Malcolm Morley – keyboards,guitar, vocals (1970–1973 & 2002–2003)
Richard Treece – guitar, bass, vocals (1970–1973 & 2002–2003)
Dave Charles – drums, percussion, vocals (1970–1973)
Ken Whaley – bass (1970–1971, 1973 & 2002–2003)
Paul Burton – bass, guitar, vocals (1971–1973)
Jonathan "Jojo" Glemser – guitar (1971)
Ernie Graham – guitar, vocals (1971)
Kevin Spacey – drums (2002–2003)
Sean Tyla – guitar, vocals (1972 & 1973)

Help Yourself Discography


LBS 83484 Help Yourself Help Yourself (Album) Liberty LBS 83484 UK 1971 Sell This Version
UAS 29287 Help Yourself Strange Affair (Album) United Artists Records UAS 29287 UK 1972 Sell This Version
UAS 29413 Help Yourself Beware The Shadow (Album) United Artists Records UAS 29413 UK 1972 Sell This Version
UAS-29487 Help Yourself The Return Of Ken Whaley(LP, Album) United Artists Records UAS-29487 UK 1973 Sell This Version
29796/7 Help Yourself Classic British Rock Szene(2xLP, Album) United Artists Records 29796/7 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
HUX 054 Help Yourself 5(CD, Album) HUX Records HUX 054 UK 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

LBF 15459 Help Yourself Running Down Deep(7", Single, Promo) Liberty LBF 15459 UK 1971 Sell This Version
UP 35466 Help Yourself Mommy Won't Be Home For Christmas (Single) United Artists Records UP 35466 UK 1972 Sell This Version
UP 35355 Help Yourself Heaven Row (Single) United Artists Records UP 35355 UK 1972 Sell This Version
50973 Help Yourself Strange Affair(7", Mono, Promo) United Artists Records 50973 US Unknown Sell This Version


UDG 4001 (UAS 29487 & FREE 1) Help Yourself Happy Days / The Return Of Ken Whaley(LP, Comp) United Artists Records UDG 4001 (UAS 29487 & FREE 1) UK 1973 Sell This Version
UAS 29 796/97 Help Yourself Strange Affair / Beware The Shadow(2xLP, Comp) United Artists Records UAS 29 796/97 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
BGOCD385 Help Yourself Help Yourself / Beware The Shadow(CD, Album, Comp, RE) BGO Records BGOCD385 UK 1998 Sell This Version
BGOCD452 Help Yourself Strange Affair / The Return Of Ken Whaley / Happy Days(2xCD, Album, Comp) BGO Records BGOCD452 UK 1999 Sell This Version

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March 16, 2013
A progressive outfit, formed in 1969 and who also have one track, Street Songs, on the All Good Clean Fun compilation and two live tracks, Eddie Waring and Mona, on Christmas At The Patti.

Their first album is rather mainstream progressive rock meets pub rock, despite some excellent songs written by Malcolm Morley including the excellent Deborah. Most of the musicianship on the album is raw and derivative (with exception of Richard Treece's guitar) and consequently the punters weren't at all interested. After its release, Whaley departed for Ducks Deluxe and was replaced by Paul Burton.

Strange Affair exhibited a strong US West Coast influence with greater musical improvisation and some fine moments like American Woman. Beware Of The Shadow continued in much the same vein. Listen out for their magnum opus, Reaffirmation, on this one.

Ken Whaley rejoined the band in 1973, hence the title of their final album.

After their demise, Malcolm Morley had a spell with Man (and Ken Whaley later joined him there). The rest of the band joined Deke Leonard's Iceberg, and Treece was later in The Flying Aces.


May 17, 2011
There is another fantastic Help Yourself LP not listed here. It is "Beware The Shadow," with a beautifully illustrated cover. It is United Artists, cat. # UA-LA079-F, released in 1972.

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