Spin #21 : The Beatles : HELP!

Updated: Jul 12

Musicians on Album: George Harrison (Lead Guitar), John Lennon (Rhythm Guitar), Paul McCartney (Bass Guitar) and Ringo Starr (Drums) - they did change instruments on songs but this was primarily the arrangement

The Beatles : HELP! Year Released : 1965 Produced by George Martin Label: Parlophone Price Range: $55+AUD Speed: 33 1/3RPM Album Before : Beatles For Sale (1964) Album After :Rubber Soul (1965) Further Listening : The Beatles - Past Masters (released in 1988) LP : 1 x Black LP Mood for enjoying: The Beatles have such a wide variety of songs to suit all moods and it's pretty perfect right now listening to this one with my lovely wife and children in the sunny front room. Wish I had lived in the 60's in order to experience a Beatles concert!

Track Listing:

LP Side A

Help - 2:18

The Night Before - 2:34

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - 2:09

I Need You - 2:28

Another Girl - 2:05

You're Going To Lose That Girl - 2:18

Ticket To Ride - 3:09

Side B Act Naturally - 2:30

It's Only Love - 1:56

You Like Me Too Much - 2:36

Tell Me What You See - 2:37

I've Just Seen A Face - 2:05

Yesterday - 2:05

Dizzy Miss Lizzy - 2:54

What's in the Sleeve ? 1 x Black LP in a poly/paper sleeve. Photographs of the band on the back cover with track listing (sadly, no lyrics).

"Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be. There's a shadow hanging over me. Oh, Yesterday, came suddenly" ~ Yesterday - Side B

Welcome to Spin #21 - The Beatles : HELP!

I have taken a lot of time to plan out our Spin selections on a weekly basis and decided to choose this album, before realising that it's another movie soundtrack! I have loved The Beatles for a while now and it all started on a car trip with my dad when I was a young boy. During that trip we listened to a few cassettes in the car and one of my earliest memories was listening to my dad singing, "I Am the Walrus" from the 'Magical Mystery Tour' soundtrack. I then started on the slippery slope of all things Beatles and love how they had so much influence on the musical landscape in such a short time.

The Beatles have so many great records and overtime I will show our children all of them. I thought that I would choose a midway point in their discography to start and I've chosen 'Help!' as our Spin #21.

For this one I have decided to play it in our front room setup, so our children can play with their toys whilst listening along. Winter has well and truly hit us here on the east coast of Australia and we try to make the most of the sun in our front room for its all day light and warmth. Don't worry, the record player is not in direct sunlight so there is no risk of it getting damaged as we play. We do have our comfy seats under the window as our children are playing with their cars and blocks. It's quite peaceful and I'm trying to appreciate these special moments as much as I can.

The Marshall Woburn II speaker has been turned on and the Audio Technica turntable is ready for its daily dose of wax! I get excited when I listen to records but there is something special about spinning a Beatles record for me. We have our cuppas in our R'nR mugs ready to go for this one.


Drop the Needle (of course means place the stylus nicely on your wax):

I had to give this one a quick brush as it's been quite a while since I've spun this record. The stylus moves across to the outside groove and the first song (and title track), 'Help!' comes through the speaker. Everyone knows that Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote majority of the quartets songs and this one written by Lennon was a proud moment for him. I can hear it in the vocals as I follow along with the lyrics (sourced elsewhere as sadly there is no lyric insert included). I love the drive that McCartney and Lennon had in out performing one another when it came to writing a hit song.

How many of you knew that the record cover has the Beatles spelling out a word in semaphore? Ok, you might have known that. But how many of you knew that they are actually spelling N-U-J-V and not H-E-L-P? I have to admit, I didn't realise either. Apparently it was because the photographer didn't like how it looked when the boys were standing there spelling H-E-L-P. Let me know and be honest if you knew this piece of trivia in the comments below, as I will be really impressed. I forgot how much I enjoyed this record and it's a nice one to look at the cover whilst listening.

This song saw the band writing about real moments they were experiencing and upon reflection was quite sad. It wouldn't just be all about love and 'boy meets girl' songs anymore. They were barely having anytime to catch their breath and were crying out for 'Help!', hence the title. Lennon was influenced by a few things whilst writing this song and one of those influences was a book by Aldous Huxley called 'The Doors of Perception'. I am currently reading his other well known book, 'Brave New World' and will have to add that one to my long list of books to read. Lennon was extremely happy with this song and its composition and I like the lyrics of, "And now my life has changed in oh so many ways. My independence seems to vanish in the haze. But every now and then I feel so insecure. I know that I just need you like I've never done before".