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The Beatles Release Help!

The Beatles Release Help!

Aug 6, 2012

Voted 331 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, Help! was the fifth British album and tenth North American album released by The Beatles. The Album was released August 6, 1965. The original photograph on the UK album was printed in reverse. Holding it up to a mirror, it spells, using flag semaphore, the letters LPUS – “Help Us”. (For more information on the History of Semaphore Flags visit the Flag Press blog). The album spent 37 weeks in the Top 20 in the UK (nine as No. 1), and 42 weeks in the Top 20 in the US (nine as No. 1). The album contained fourteen songs, seven of which appeared in the film of the same name. The tracks from the album are listed below. (Click the links, where available, to listen to a sample audio file). To listen to a sample of all fourteen tracks visit the Apple Corps Beatles website: Tracks from the Beatles Help! album – Side One Track Number Title Composer Lead Vocals Length 1 Help! Lennon-McCartney Lennon 2:18 2 The Night Before Lennon-McCartney McCartney 2:33 3 You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away Lennon-McCartney Lennon 2:08 4 I Need You Harrison Harrison 2:28 5 Another Girl Lennon-McCartney McCartney 2:05 6 You’re Going to Lose That Girl Lennon-McCartney Lennon 2:17 7 Ticket to Ride Lennon-McCartney Lennon 3:10 Tracks from the Beatles Help! album – Side Two Track Number Title Composer Lead Vocals Length 1 Act Naturally Russell-Morrison Starr and McCartney 2:29 2 It’s Only Love Lennon-McCartney Lennon 1:54 3 You Like Me Too Much Harrison Harrison 2:35 4 Tell Me What You See Lennon-McCartney Lennon-McCartney 2:36 5 I’ve Just Seen a Face Lennon-McCartney McCartney 2:05 6 Yesterday Lennon-McCartney McCartney 2:17 7 Dizzy Miss Lizzy Larry Williams Lennon 2:53 Related Stories: That’s All Right Sgt. Peppers The Monkees James Brown Quotes on...

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Jun 2, 2012

On June 1, 1967, The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in England, and a day later in the United States. According to Rolling Stone, the album is ‘the most important rock & roll album ever made’ and number one on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The Idea Paul McCartney came up with the idea for the album in November 1966 on a flight to London. The idea of an alter-ego group – ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ – gave the Beatles new found freedom. McCartney would say, “It liberated you – you could do anything when you got to the mic or on your guitar because it wasn’t you.” Not only did the album liberate the Beatles, but with the success of the album, other bands were now free to try anything as well. Focus After the final performance of their US Tour in San Francisco 1966 the band members decided it was time to stop touring. They took a two-month break during which they pursued their individual interests and returned to the studio in late 1966 to begin work on Sgt. Peppers. Without the demands of touring they were able to focus their energies entirely on the album. The album was completed in April 1967 after approximately 700 hours in the studio. “A Day in the Life”, the most complex song on the album, and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” required a total of just 8 days to complete. Sgt. Pepper was nominated for seven Grammys winning for Album of the Year; Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts; Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical; and Best Pop Vocal Album. Is Paul Dead? The Sgt. Pepper album would also add fuel to the urban legend of the death of Paul McCartney with many supposed clues in both the music, and on the album cover. Related Stories: Beatles HELP! That’s All Right The Monkees James Brown Quotes on...