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The Beatles - Help!

On August 6, 1965, The Beatles' fifth studio album was released, which is also the soundtrack of the band's second film, "Help!".



The album includes 14 tracks, 7 of which are on the first side of the vinyl are forming the soundtrack to a film that was released at the same time.


And here are 20 interesting facts about the album and the movie:


1. The name of the record was supposed to be "Eight Arms To Hold You" with a hint of the pair of hands of each of the Fabulous Four embracing a fan. Ringo Starr suggested the name but not for the reason described but because the film has a scene with a multi-handed Kaili statue. The name of the album was later changed so the first and rare singles of the song "Help" indicated that it was from the movie "Eight Arms To Hold You".


2. The album cover is intended to show "the Beatles" band members marking with their hands the letters H-E-L-P in sign language used by ships at sea. The photographer did not like the result due to an imbalance in visibility, so he changed the shapes of the Beatles' hands. The result is the letters N-U-J-V which have no meaning.


3. The reason why the exclamation mark "!" Was inserted in the name of the film and the album, was that the title "Help" was already occupied for another film, so Ringo Starr suggested simply adding an exclamation mark to the title (!)


4. This is the Beatles' latest album featuring cover versions for other artists. From now on, the Fabulous Four will rely on original material only until their latest album "Let It Be", which features a cover version of the song "Maggie Mae".


5. This is the Beatles' only album to feature two songs that reached number one, with a one-word title. "Help!" And "Yesterday."


6. The song "Help!" Was the first of the Beatles to appear in a commercial in the US. It was in a Ford Lincoln car commercial that paid $ 100,000, but even then it was not the original song but a cover version that George Martin helped record.


7. "Help!" Was originally slower. The band members accelerated its pace to make it more catchy and commercial.


8. Members of "Deep Purple" recorded the song as a demo. It helped them get a recording contract in 1968. Later the song entered the band's debut album "Shades Of Deep Purple".


9. The one who plays the guitar solo in the song "Ticket to Ride" is none other than Paul McCartney.


10. "Ticket to Ride" is also the Beatles' first song to exceed 3 minutes.


11. John Lennon and Paul McCartney have different versions of the reason behind the theme of "Ticket to Ride". Paul claims it was written inspired by a car ride on the Isle of Wight, while John claims it was written about a German prostitute.


12. "You're Going to Lose That Girl" is actually a sequel to the story behind the single "She Loves You". The guy from the first song realizes that even though the girl is in love with him he must "do something" or he will lose her.


13. Paul dreamt of the melody for the song "Yesterday" while sleeping in his girlfriend's house.


14. Only Paul McCartney participates in the recording of the song (accompanied by strings), the other Beatles members are not present.


15. "Yesterday" is also the song that has won the most cover versions in the world.


16. This is the first album in which George Harrison has contributed two songs "I Need You" and "You Like Me Too Much", and his first since "Don't Bother Me" which was released in 1963, as part of the album "With the Beatles".


17. George Harrison got the idea to play Indian instruments and especially the sitar following a scene in a movie where musicians in an Indian restaurant are seen playing "the Beatles" songs.


18. Actress Eleanor Bron who played alongside the Fabulous Four in the film, was the inspiration for Paul McCartney in writing the song "Eleanor Rigby" from the album "Revolver" which we reviewed yesterday.


19. The song "I've Just Seen a Face" was originally supposed to be called "Aunty Gin's Theme". It is also the first and one of the few in the band to have no baseline.


20. During the recordings of the album, two more songs were recorded that did not enter the album and the film. "If You've Got Trouble" was originally intended for Ringo, but was eventually replaced by the song "Act Naturally", and the song "That Means a Lot" which was eventually given to P.J. Proby and became a hit. The two rare songs were finally released on the 1996 album "Anthology 2".


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