Help! (1965)

Help! (1965)


Buy Help! on CDon stereo vinyl, or on mono vinyl

Listen to Help! on Apple Music or on Spotify

Help! was the soundtrack album to the Beatles second feature film of the same name, in which the band escapes an evil cult after one of Ringo’s rings. The working title for the film and soundtrack was “Eight Arms To Hold You”, and the penultimate title was only decided after John presented his song Help!. Nominated for the 1965 Grammy for Album Of The Year and Best Original Score, Motion Picture Or TV Show. The 1987 CD release was remixed in 1986 by George Martin, who called the original mixes, “very woolly, and not at all what I thought should be a good issue.” The 2009 remaster also used the 1986 remix, and the original 1965 mix was issued on the mono version of Help! included in the Beatles In Mono box set.

Track list

Side A

  1. Help!
  2. The Night Before
  3. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
  4. I Need You
  5. Another Girl
  6. You’re Going To Lose That Girl
  7. Ticket To Ride

Side B

  1. Act Naturally
  2. It’s Only Love
  3. You Like Me Too Much
  4. Tell Me What You See
  5. I’ve Just Seen A Face
  6. Yesterday
  7. Dizzy Miss Lizzy

Release history

  • Parlophone PMC 1255 (mono), released August 6, 1965
  • Parlophone PCS 3071 (stereo), released August 6, 1965
  • Odeon OP 7387, released September 15, 1965 (Japan)
  • Apple/Odeon OP 7387, released June 25, 2014 in Meet The Beatles! (Japan, 2014)
  • Mobile Fidelity MFSL 1-105 (vinyl), released January 1986
  • Parlophone CDP 7 46439 2 (stereo CD), released April 30, 1987
  • Apple 0946 3 82415 2 2 (remastered stereo CD), released September 9, 2009
  • Parlophone PMC 1255 (remastered mono CD), released September 9, 2009 in The Beatles In Mono box set

Shell cover

Help vinyl Shell cover variation

1979 saw the only occurrence of the Beatles ever allowing an album to be modified for commercial promotion. Around 2000 copies of Help! with the Shell logo imposed on the cover were issued as a special release for Shell employees. The record was not sold commercially. Accounts vary, but it is widely believed that the covers were printed in Holland, and most of the vinyl was pressed in Holland with a few pressed in Sweden.

Mono cover

Help!, mono cover

Back cover, original CD

Help! back cover, original CD

Help! (Japan, 1965), front cover

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