Help!

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album + Soundtrack

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Help! (UK mono, sans-serif font)12" Vinyl14
  • GB1965-08-06
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1255[none]
Help! (UK stereo, sans-serif font)12" Vinyl14
  • GB1965-08-06
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3071[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (mono, East Coast, no Ken Thorne credits)12" Vinyl12
  • US1965-08-13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)MAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (stereo, West Coast, no Ken Thorne credits)12" Vinyl12
  • US1965-08-13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (stereo, East Coast, no Ken Thorne credits)12" Vinyl12
  • US1965-08-13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (mono, West Coast, no Ken Thorne credits)12" Vinyl12
  • US1965-08-13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)MAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (stereo, West Coast, Ken Thorne credits)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (mono, West Coast, Ken Thorne credits, no You Can’t Do That)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)MAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (mono, Decca press)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)MAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (mono, East Coast, Ken Thorne credits)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)MAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (mono, West Coast, Ken Thorne credits)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)MAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (stereo, West Coast, Ken Thorne credits, no You Can’t Do That)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (stereo, East Coast, Ken Thorne credits)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (mono, East Coast, transitional labels)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)MAS-2386[none]
Help! (UK mono, serif font, small THE BEATLES)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1255[none]
Help! (UK stereo, serif font)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3071[none]
Help! (UK mono, serif font, large THE BEATLES)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1255[none]
Help! (UK stereo, sans-serif font, * to the left of 4.)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3071[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (subsidiary text, Jacksonville)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (subsidiary text, Scranton)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (subsidiary text, LA)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! (UK mono, one EMI box)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1255[none]
Help! (UK mono, no SOLD IN U.K.)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1255[none]
Help! (UK stereo, no SOLD IN U.K.)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3071[none]
Help! (UK stereo, one EMI box)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3071[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (lime labels)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Capitol Record Club)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-8-2386[none]
Help! (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, THE GRAMOPHONE...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3071[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Apple labels)12" Vinyl12
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Apple labels with subsidiary text)12" Vinyl12
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Apple labels with All rights... text)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Apple RecordsSMAS 2386, SMAS-2386[none]
Help! (stereo)12" Vinyl14
Apple RecordsEAS-80554[none]
Help! (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, EMI RECORDS...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3071[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (orange labels, Winchester)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (orange labels, Los Angeles)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (purple labels, Mfd. by Capitol)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS 2386[none]
Help! (UK stereo)12" Vinyl14
Apple Records1C 072-04 257
Help! (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3071[none]
Help! (UK mono, ALL RIGHTS...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1255[none]
Help! (mono, red vinyl)12" Vinyl14
  • JP1982-01-21
OdeonEAS-70134[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (rainbow labels)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SMAS-2386[none]
Help! (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED COPYING...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3071[none]
Help! (MFSL Original Master Recording)12" Vinyl14
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-105[none]
Help! (CD made in W. Germany)CD14
  • XE1987-04-30
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46439 2077774643924
Help! (stereo)CD14
  • JP1987-04-30
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), OdeonCDP 7 46439 2, CP32-53254988006611467
Help! (1987 remix)CD14
  • GB1987-04-30
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46439 2077774643924
Help! (1987 remix, CD made in W. Germany)CD14
  • US1987-04-30
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46439 2077774643924
Help! (rainbow labels)12" Vinyl14
  • US1987-07-21
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CLJ-46439077774643917
Help! (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, UNAUTHORISED... HIRING AND RENTAL...)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 30715099910425718
Help! (CD made in USA)CD14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46439 2077774643924
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (purple labels, Manufactured by Capitol)12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C1-90454077779045419
Help! (original mix)CD14
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)C2 46439077774643924
Help! (purple labels)12" Vinyl14
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CLJ-46439077774643917
Help! (Apple logos)CD14
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46439 2077774643924
Help!CD14
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)C2 46439077774643924
Help! (1987 remix, Apple logo)CD14
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46439 2077774643924
Help! (Apple logo)CD14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Apple RecordsCDP 7 46439 2, CDP 7464392077774643924
Help! (UK stereo, two EMI boxes, apple logo)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)10 4257 1, PCS 30715099910425718
Help! (purple labels with Apple logo)12" Vinyl14
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)C1 0777 7 46439 1 7077774643917
Help! (1987 remix)CD14
  • JP1998-03-11
EMI (double‐boxed EMI logo representing Japanese domestic repertoire from 東芝EMI and EMIミュジック・ジャパン, until the latter’s acquisition by Universal Music Japan in April 2013), Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)TOCP-511154988006739994
Help! (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD16
  • AR2009-09-09
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82415 2 2094638241522
Help! (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD16
  • XE2009-09-09
Apple Records, EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82415 2 2094638241522
Help! (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD15
  • JP2009-09-09
Apple RecordsTOCP-710054988006873506
Help! (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD15
  • US2009-09-09
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82415 2 2094638241522
Help! (2009 stereo remaster, made in Germany)Enhanced CD15
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82415 2 2, 3 82415 2094638241522
Help! (2009 stereo remaster)12" Vinyl14
  • XE2012-11-12
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0094638241515094638241515
Help! (2009 stereo remaster)12" Vinyl14
  • US2012-11-13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0094638241515, PCS 3071094638241515
Help! Original Motion Picture SoundtrackCD24
  • US2014-01-21
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)B0019706-02602537643691
Help! (2014 mono remaster)12" Vinyl14
  • XE2014-09-08
  • GB2014-09-08
  • US2014-09-08
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1255602537825745
Help! (remastered)Digital Media14
EMI Catalogue00602547670052
Help! (EMI Music Group Australia)CD14EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7 46439 2077774643924
Help! (BIEM/STEMRA; Made in Holland; PM 518)CD14Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Apple RecordsCDP 7 46439 2, CDP7464392077774643924
Help! (BIEM/STEMRA; Made in Holland; No PM codes)CD14Apple RecordsCDP 7464392077774643924
Bootleg
Помоги! (no flags on labels)12" Vinyl14
АнТропП91 00133[none]
Help! (flags on labels)12" Vinyl14
АнТропП91 00133[none]
Help!CD36
CD-MAXIMUM (Russian label)CDM 0500-428
Help!CD14
Fabulous Sound Lab, Parlophone (BOOTLEG LABEL pretending to be the real one)FS-1005, PCS 3071
Help! (MFSL DESS bootleg)CD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsMFSL 1-105[none]
Help! (UK mono DESS bootleg)CD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPMC 1255[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (US stereo DESS bootleg)CD12
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsSMAS 2386[none]
Help!CD14
Русский ЗвукRH 043-2001[none]
Help! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (US mono DESS bootleg)CD12
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsMAS 2386[none]
Help!CD14
SomeWax (Russian bootleg label)SW107-24607016131405
Help! (UK stereo DESS bootleg)CD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPCS 3071[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Help! / I’m Down
Ticket to Ride / Yes It Is
included in:The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Collection
The Beatles in Mono (2009 mono remasters)
The Capitol Albums, Vol. 2
The U.S. Albums
part of:Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 80) (order: 80)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 266) (order: 266)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 331) (order: 331)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 332) (order: 332)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/45895 [info]
reviews:http://www.bootlegzone.com/album.php?name=cdm428&section=1 [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/v34z [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/help__f1/ [info]
IMDb:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059260/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189173 [info]
Wikidata:Q201816 [info]

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Help! is The Beatles' second movie soundtrack, and its inferior in many ways to its predecessor. Where 1964's A Hard Day's Night took the band's inventiveness to new levels, and was complemented by one of George Martin's sharpest production jobs, this set sounded rushed and light on studio sheen.

Its title-track - written as a heartfelt slow ballad - was sped up by Martin and turned into a jittery single to accompany cartoonesque footage of the band footling about on skis up a hill. Self-pity, one of Lennon's favourite moods, rears its Beatley head on the pop-Dylan of You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, and Ringo's highlight is a (pretty well-chosen) cover of Buck Owens' country hit, Act Naturally. Oh, and the token rock'n'roll song, Larry Williams' Dizzy Miss Lizzy, seems dizzy from malnutrition more than anything else.

But this is a Beatles album, so it's unlikely to not be at least brilliant in places. It contains the most popular song never to be beaten to death by an X Factor contestant, the genuinely beautiful Yesterday. It's got Ticket to Ride, the song that saw The Beatles take on The Kinks, the Stones and The Who at their own, more rocky game. And Help! itself, while not the pre-primal scream yell of pain that Lennon wanted it to be (such songs would come later), is still a brilliant, pounding single, a cry of despair so full of "woo!"s that you reckon The Beatles are still enjoying themselves.

McCartney's I've Just Seen a Face is another highlight (it's a song he liked so much that it was one of the few Beatles numbers he performed with his 70s group, Wings), and Act Naturally is so infectious, silly and perfectly 1960s-country that it deserved its number one US singles spot. So, Help! is not as brilliant as some Beatles records, but it's still pretty brilliant.