Help! A trip without return

Summer of 1965, the world was already aware of the existence of an English band that was capable of everything. One of the things that made this possible was the album Help! which contained several of the songs that later would be referents to identify the band everywhere, and in future generations. On a previous occasion, and with the reason for my Narrative of the album A Hard Day's Night, I had already commented on the unfortunateness of his films. For Help! a film was also released that, although many want to defend it with exotic arguments, was very bad, in fact, the only thing I can see in that film is a group of crazy people who do things without sense but, when the time comes to sing, they become serious and bright. I still do not understand the reason why many people like to put musicians and singers in this serious image risk, since in most cases they are very bad actors and, in addition, they choose very bad stories that make them look ridiculous. I know that, if we want to see it with good eyes, we could speak marvelously about this and other films of musicians and singers; however, the truth is that they are not worth it, no matter how much we want to defend them. But following the important thing, music, for which the Fab Four lived and gave all their creativity, things are much more kind and lucky for all. On another occasion, I spoke of the album Beatles For Sale as the bridge in the history of the band, a before and an after. Well, I think Help! represents the second third of the bridge traveled by the boys of Liverpool towards that trip without return, where they would become the majesties of international music and would be preparing the ground for their masterpiece. We still have to talk about the last part of the journey through that bridge that will be the next album: Rubber Soul, but that will be in charge in the next Narrative. In the moments when the world listened to Help! it became clear that the British group was separated from the rest of the musicians and singers of the English wave that had flooded the world, The Rolling Stones were even astray from the scene and it would not be until 1967 that they would reappear. In the United States, the world of rock and pop was in effervescence and, although there were great representatives of those genres on radio and concerts, The Beatles eclipsed everything. There was no way to stop the madness that unleashed in the big record-buying market as it was and still is the American Union. The album still had some of the English folk that had been used in their first albums and so they were particularly unique in the United States (their accents and rhythms caused much attraction among Americans) however, the appearance of more sophisticated compositions and orchestral arrangements ended up conquering even those who remained skeptical about the excellence and transcendence of the band. The pure rock songs could not miss, and all this mix made of Help! a legend in the history of twentieth-century music.


We have to understand the context to accept that the beginning of the album is novel, and everyone should have a great impact when listening to it for the first time. Why? because it was 1965, that easy. They were moments in which music was composed and recorded in a very conventional way and the artists, directors, and producers were very orthodox when they presented their albums to the public, and on the radio they had certain customs that, for some reason, people had very flat ideas about what they were going to hear every time they turned on their radios. To start with a cry for help (literal) and the splash of the cymbals, followed by the rapid strumming of the guitars, must have caused surprise. A letter that contains more seriousness than the whole film (sorry, I cannot overcome it), which not only reflected the critical moment that young people of that generation were going through, as has been mentioned in many analyzes on the subject, It reflected the anguish that the band was going through. By that time, their success had installed them in the middle of a mental hospital and the big problem is that the mental hospital was the size of the world. Without a doubt, a reason to ask for help.


There is no better reason to assure that this album is a legend, than the existence of the song "Yesterday". The years go by and this song keeps sounding everywhere. Thousands of versions, millions of interpretations, truly ridiculous and out of place adaptations and some incredibly masterful versions, this was the song that fell in love with everyone and with which the Fab Four broke all the barriers that still resisted believing in them. Inclusively, in the case of countries where English is not spoken, there were radio stations in which, regardless of whether they were in another language, they programmed it, that size was the "Yesterday" spell. If anyone had doubts about the future of the band, "Yesterday" made it clear: their destiny was the firmament of the greatest of music in history.


"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" is one of my favorite songs of all time, with little instrumentation and focused on the vocal melody, John Lennon's interpretation with a harsh and melancholy voice, besides marking the beginning of experimentation including an instrument such as the transverse flute, an element that was also very novel at the time, would lay the foundations for future compositions on the album Revolver. What to say about "Ticket To Ride", a song that has also been the subject of many versions, among which the one made at that time by The Carpenters stands out.

In general, Help! is an album that provokes all kinds of feelings and I am sure that in most cases, it will bring great memories for many and great lessons for those who for the first time come to explore the music of these four heroes of Liverpool.

By: Jorge Diaz

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