Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Beatles - Help! (1965)

What can you say? It's the freakin' Beatles! With this release, John and Paul really came into their own as songwriters with John's You've Got to Hide Your Love Away and Paul's Yesterday. It amazes me that Captiol Records would change the US release from the UK release. At least they got the tracks correct on the CD re-releases. Two things come to mind as I listen: 1) this music was written, performed, and released before I was born, and 2) The Beatles released all their LP's between 1963 and 1970. All that great music within only 8 years makes me feel like I really haven't done much lately...

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (9 weeks, Sept 11 - Nov 6, 1965)

Tracks: What's the point of breaking this down? They're all great. OK, OK, here's my top five from this release: 5) Help!, 4) Ticket to Ride, 3) I've Just Seen a Face, 2) You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, and 1) Yesterday.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: The title tracked introduced my youngest son to The Beatles when he was very young. With the exception of a brief infatuation with Earth, Wind, and Fire, The Beatles have always been his favorite group.

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