#328: Help! by The Beatles, AKA The Day The List Needed To Look At Its Life, Look At Its Choices


Help! by The Beatles (1965)

Favorite Track(s): "Help!" and "The Night Before" and "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" and "I Need You" and "Another Girl" and "You're Gonna Lose That Girl" and "Ticket to Ride" and "Act Naturally" and "It's Only Love" and "You Like Me Too Much" and "Tell Me What You See" and "I've Just Seen A Face" and "Yesterday" and Dizzy Miss Lizzy"

Thoughts: HAS IT COME TO THIS? HAS IT COME TO THIS? What kind of world are we living in that Help! would be at Three Hundred and Twenty-Eight? Did people make their lists without actually looking at what tracks are on these albums? "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." "Ticket to Ride." "It's Only Love." "I've Just Seen A Face." "Yesterday." ALL ON THIS ALBUM.

I don't understand how 3 Beatles albums could be in the top 5, but this one is in the 300s. I'm afraid the Rolling Stone list leaves me no choice. I'm afraid I must take us song through song, agonizing over this travesty of a ranking. And you'll put it up with it, because that's all that the Beatles deserve.

1) "Help!"

John's guitar strum at the end of never needed anybody's help in any way. Paul and George's backing vocals. The snare at the end of now I've changed my mind and opened up the doors. The way John sings and I do appre-chi-ate cha being 'round. I think this was one of the first CDs I ever owned. We'd play it and other Beatles albums in the car on family road trips, and I remember my dad saying once that one of the genius things about the Beatles was how they wrote actually endings to their songs, as opposed to using fade-outs (at least in the early cases). This song is no exception. "Help!" "Me!" "Help!" "Meeeee-oooooooooo."

2) "The Night Before"

I'm not sure what it is, but Paul's voice sounds so masculine and scratchy in this song to me. I love it. His little 'yesssss' before the guitar solo? Brilliant. John on the keyboards--I ACCEPT. But forget all of this, and the fact remains, they're singing it in FUCKING STONEHENGE.

3) "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"

This song is one of my all-time favorites of all-time in the history of EVER. I'm not sure if it's fact or just a rumor, but apparently this song was written for the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, who was gay. But no matter the original inspiration, this song is just divine, and too short. The flute solo, John's 'HEY!', Ringo's tambourine. Many people enjoy Eddie Vedder's version of this song from the I Am Sam soundtrack. I am not one of those people.

4) "I Need You"

It's a George song! I like George songs. And this one's a winner. It's no "Here Comes the Sun" but it's very nice.

5) "Another Girl"

My favorite part of this song is...the bridge? Is it a bridge? I've no idea. But when Paul sings another girl who will love me til the end/through thick and thin she will always be my friend.

6) "You're Going to Lose That Girl"

What is not perfect about this song? Nothing. Nothing is not perfect about this song. The bongos, the background vocals, the everything.

7) "Ticket to Ride"

I think my favorite part is from 0:00 to 3:09.

8) "Act Naturally"

One of my favorite songs as a kid (like most of Ringo's songs :) ).

9) "It's Only Love"

THIS SONG. So simple, so earnest, so singable. This ends up on all my 'current music I'm into' playlists on my iPod. Because I'm always into it.

10) "You Like Me Too Much"

Definitely my favorite George song from this album. The piano is fun, the chorus is sweet, and it's uber catchy.

11) "Tell Me What You See"

Groovy, fun, and I love the line if you put your trust in me, I'll make bright your day. As a child that never seemed to work very well lyrically. :)

12) "I've Just Seen A Face"

Every damn second of this song is perfection. It's quick, pulling, driving, sweet, romantic, and just plain brilliant. Honestly, I wish I could just be serenaded with this song for the rest of my life. This song alone, which I'm sure Paul wrote in under 30 minutes, is better than half the stuff we've heard so far, and will probably be better than anything between 327 and 100. NOT AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

13) "Yesterday"

Easily in the top 50 songs of all time, and top 10 saddest. The strings. THE STRINGS.

14) "Dizzy Miss Lizzy"

Fun and shows off John's raw sex vocal power.

Is This Better Than A Hard Day's Night?: I believe we can safely say yes, and as you might have guessed, we're to retire A Hard Day's Night and replace it with Help! until the next album that has been placed so far down the list that we must compare everything else to come to its greatness.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh ME god!
Awesome-est band ever!