How John Lennon's confessional song became the title for a silly James Bond spoof I really don't know. The funny thing is, it works both ways--as a young man's personal statement about learning to open up to others, and as the frantic theme for an exotic espionage chase comedy starring those lovable mop-tops (this time in color). Like A Hard Day's Night, only the first "side" of this album actually contains songs from the movie--the biggest hits being the eponymous cry for assistance and "Ticket to Ride." But part 2 has a few nice tunes as well, like "It's Only Love," "I've Just Seen a Face," and a little ditty called "Yesterday." And I always love it when they do an all-out screamer like "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," which sounds like John's raucous answer to Paul's "Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" vocal on Beatles for Sale. Of course, it's essential--as are all the Beatles' soundtracks (all the Beatles' albums), with the possible exception of Yellow Submarine. --Jim Emerson

Side A (LP)
1. Help! Lennon/McCartney
2. The Night Before Lennon/McCartney
3. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Lennon/McCartney
4. I Need You Harrison
5. Another Girl Lennon/McCartney
6. You're Going To Lose That Girl Lennon/McCartney
7. Ticket To Ride Lennon/McCartney
Side B (LP)
8. Act Naturally Morrison/Russell
9. It's Only Love Lennon/McCartney
10. You Like Me Too Much Harrison
11. Tell Me What You See Lennon/McCartney
12. I've Just Seen A Face Lennon/McCartney
13. Yesterday Lennon/McCartney
14. Dizzy Miss Lizzy Williams
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