The movie “A Hard Day’s Night” was a major success. In fact it has been touted by some critics as a classic. However what really made it great was it further enhanced the Beatles’ popularity plus it made a ton of money. A little over a year later the Movie “Help” came out. The movie was stupid but the accompanying music by the Beatles continued to get better.
The movie “Help” was a sad take-off on James Bond and its theme and plot was even less coherent than “A Hard Day’s Night.”
I start with a link to the title song “Help.” This was a live version and a touch humorous because during the song John gets brain freeze and does what we singers call “muzzles” the lines. When you forget the lines and you’re singing lead you keep the melody going and then just sing some gibberish. Usually people in the audience can’t tell. Also watch John keep time with his foot compared to George and Paul. They go “every beat” while John “beats “half-time.”
I would point to this performance as revealing not only the writing talent of The Beatles but the arranging and performing talent. These guys had real talent. When they start the song somehow George and Paul have gotten the starting note. When they are beginning the verse George continuously does a run on the lead guitar and he and Paul do a wonderful job of backup singing. When they get near the end of the song the backup singing is halted giving the piece an entirely different sound. It is amazing that four musicians, in large part self-taught, could come up with this type of professionalism.
It’s too bad I can’t find quality performances of all The Beatles’ songs but some are from the movie where they are standing on a hill which when you stop and think about it was the pre-curser to the MTV Music Videos of the 1980s. (Remember the “Top 20 Countdown”-Ah, where is Downtown Julie Brown?) So it is with “The Night Before.” This was sung by Paul and as I say in most of my articles slowly but surely Paul’s talent as a singer and songwriter came out. He was the “light” side of the writing team of Lennon-McCartney to John’s “dark” side.
George got his one-to-two-shot cut on the album with “I Need You.”
Paul did another song that was similar to “The Night Before” titled “Another Girl” and then as he periodically did reinforced his love of being a “screamer” in “I’m Down.”
John sang “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl” and “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.”
On “Ticket to Ride” there is the classic harmony between John and Paul that made The Beatles great. I know I was attracted not only to their great melodies but their harmonies.
“Help” was made in 1965 which was a transition period between the pure rock and roll era and the hippie era. There is rock but an element of Woodstock there.
You will see a number of scenes from the movie “Help” in the links. That will give you some idea as to the quality of the movie.
“Help” was a “positioning” album. Some major changes were coming an it wouldn’t be just from their music.
“Help,” Album, Capital MAS 2386 and SMAS 2386 (Stereo) August 1965
You Tube Website, “The Beatles-Help”
You Tube Website, “THE NIGHT BEFORE”-The Beatles (1965)
You Tube Website, “The Beatles-I Need You”
You Tube Website, “The Beatles-Another Girl”
You Tube Website, “I’m Down-The Beatles”
You Tube Website, “The Beatles-You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”
You Tube Website, “Ticket to Ride-1965
You Tube Website, “You’re gonna lose that girl-The beatles (with Lyrics)”