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HELP!

The Beatles

 

Proto-Prog

3.41 | 327 ratings

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Atkingani
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3 stars SOCORRO! Yes, that was the movie title in Brazilian lands... well, at least some imaginative white-collar at local EMI realized that the album title had to keep the 4 letters to be in accordance with the Four Knights and so finally we had here an album titled just like its equivalents in other shores. Needless to say that the track listing was quite different, being preserved at least the core of 7 songs included as the soundtrack.

Nevermind, 'Help', the title track is a great rock that sounds like a continuation of 'I'm a loser' from their previous album. 'I need you' is soft and warm, with Harrison starting to show his claws although still in a proper silent manner. 'Ticket to ride', included in the movie but issued before it, is shaking and enjoyable. 'The night before' is powerful and 'Another girl', a bit cynical maintains the amusing atmosphere, more or less in accordance with the non-senseless and panache of the movie.

Other songs work as bonus tracks and include, the UK version: the over-used 'Yesterday', the danceable 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy' and the exquisite 'Tell me waht you see'. By the way, I never understood why they didn't add 'She's a woman' in the soundtrack, since this song is played in a radio during one scene there in the movie.

Help!, the album, is rocky and balladesque, and one will not find a minimum scent of proto-prog here, but hey... it's fine! The four Liverpudlians were improving greatly in the musical department and you can listen to it without skipping a single track. Ah, and there's also the sentimental part (for me) since it was the first Beatles album I heard consciously. Good, very good indeed.

Atkingani | 3/5 |

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