Help! (Stereo - 2009 remaster)

Timeline More from year 2009
Release date:
Sep 09, 2009
Publisher:
Apple, EMI

Master album


Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Help!" Session #1

Feb 15, 1965


"Help!" Session #2

Feb 16, 1965


"Help!" Session #3

Feb 17, 1965


"Help!" Session #4

Feb 18, 1965


"Help!" Session #5

Feb 19, 1965


"Help!" Session #11

Apr 13, 1965


"Help!" Session #12

Apr 18, 1965


"Help!" Session #13

May 10, 1965


"Help!" Session #15

Jun 14, 1965


"Help!" Session #16

Jun 15, 1965


"Help!" Session #17

Jun 17, 1965


"Help!" Session #18

Jun 18, 1965

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Help!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:20 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Apr 13, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 18, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Room 65, Abbey Road


2.

The Night Before

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:35 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon :
Electric piano, Harmony vocals
George Harrison :
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:09 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon :
12-string acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Johnnie Scott :
Alto flute, Tenor flute
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


4.

I Need You

Written by George Harrison

2:29 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr :
Acoustic guitar percussion, Cowbell
John Lennon :
Acoustic guitar, Harmony vocals, Snare drum
George Harrison :
12-string electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Feb 15, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


5.

Another Girl

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:05 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Harrison :
Electric rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Feb 15, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


6.

You're Going to Lose That Girl

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:19 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Bongos, Drums
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Feb 19, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


7.

Ticket To Ride

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:10 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Handclaps, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Double-tracked lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Rhythm guitar
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Feb 15, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


8.

Act Naturally

Written by Johnny Russell, Voni Morrison

2:30 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Sticks, Vocals
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Jun 17, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


9.

It's Only Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:57 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Electric guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
12-string acoustic guitar, Lead guitar
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


10.

You Like Me Too Much

Written by George Harrison

2:37 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Electric piano
George Harrison :
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin :
1987 mix, Piano, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


11.

Tell Me What You See

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:38 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Electric piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Claves, Drums
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
George Harrison :
Güiro
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


12.

I've Seen That Face

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:05 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Brushed snare drum, Maracas
John Lennon :
Acoustic guitar
George Harrison :
Acoustic lead guitar
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


13.

Yesterday

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:06 • Studio versionD2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Vocals
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Tony Gilbert :
Violin
Sidney Sax :
Violin
Kenneth Essex :
Viola
Francisco Gabarro :
Cello
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 18, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


14.

Dizzy Miss Lizzy

Written by Larry Williams

2:57 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Hohner pianet electric piano
Ringo Starr :
Cowbell, Drums
John Lennon :
Hammond organ, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Double-tracked lead guitar
George Martin :
1987 mix, Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
May 10, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
May 10, 1965
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

About

From the liner notes:

Historical Notes

HELP! – The Beatles

With their previous album Beatles For Sale only two months into its chart run, The Beatles returned to Abbey Road studios in mid-February, 1965 to begin recording songs for their fifth LP and second movie, Help!. Within three days of the last February session, the Beatles were acting in scenes for the movie shot in the Bahamas. Filming continued until May with location work in Austria, West London, Wiltshire and Berkshire and interior scenes shot at Twickenham Film Studios.

‘Ticket To Ride’ was their first single of the year and, following its release on 9th April, it quickly rose to number one. On 12th Junes, 1965, it was announced that the group had been awarded MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list – an accolade previously never given to young pop stars. Before setting off for a brief European tour at the end of June, The Beatles recorded the songs needed to complete the album and also ‘I’m Down’ – the B-side of their next single ‘Help!’.

Following the pattern set by A Hard Day’s Night, the fourteen songs on the British version of the Help! LP were divided so that the seven tracks heard in the film were assembled on side one and the non-movie material appeared on side two. The front cover shows The Beatles making semaphore signals but, strangely, their shapes do not spell the word HELP. 

Released on 6th August, the album entered the chart at number one and stayed there for nine of its 37 weeks in the Top Twenty.

In the USA, Help! was released as a film soundtrack album and featured the seven new Beatles songs in the film interspersed with instrumental music scored by Ken Thorne. It climbed to number one on the album chart dated 11th September and after nine weeks for a further 33 weeks. The non-movie songs recorded in the first half of 1965 were scattered over three other albums in the States. ‘Yes It Is’ – the B-side of ‘Ticket To Ride’ – was compiled with three Help! tracks for Beatles VI. The other four tracks from side two of the British album were shared between the American version of Rubber Soul and the Capitol release from June, 1966 “Yesterday” … And Today.

After a record breaking concert tour of the US and Canada in the summer of 1965, The Beatles were soon under pressure to write and record their second album of the year. The astonishing result was their most innovative album to date – Rubber Soul …

All songs published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC except tracks 8, Lark Music Ltd.

Digital Remaster (C) 2009 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd. (C) 2009 EMI Records Ltd.

This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.

Artwork (C) 2009 Apple Corps Ltd. All photographs (C) Apple Corps Ltd., except where otherwise stated.

Album Redesign: Drew Lorimer
Photo Retouching: Gavin O’Neill
Photo editing and research: Aaron Bremner and Dorcas Lynn.
________________________________________________________________

Recording Notes
Produced by George Martin
Principal Engineer: Norman Smith

The Beatles’ fifth album was recorded during sessions spread over twelve days during February, April and June, 1965. Just before filming for their second movie began in late February, they spent six consecutive days in the studio. Six songs completed during this time were included in the picture. The majority of the non-movie songs were recorded in June once filming had been wrapped up.

After recording their first two albums in 1963 using twin-track tape machines, the two LPs from 1964 were made with the advantages offered by a four-track machine. However, it was while recording the title song of Help! that The Beatles first found four tracks were not sufficient to encompass their musical arrangements. The solution was to create more tracks by mixing and copying to another four-track tape.

‘Help!’ was recorded in four hours on the evening of 13th April, 1965. The Beatles began by laying down the rhythm section with all four playing live. Bass and drums were recorded on track one and electric and acoustic guitars were sent to track two. Take nine was chosen as the master onto which the group would then make overdubs. While tracks one and two were played back to the studio, the vocals of John, Paul and George were recorded on track three. Once this had been done, they repeated the process by double-tracking their vocals using the final free track.

All four tracks of the tape had now been used but George still had a final guitar part to add to the song. To create an extra track for this, the four-track master was copied to a new tape. The instrumental backing was transferred to tracks one and two but the vocals on three and four were mixed together and recorded on just track three of the new tape – leaving the fourth track free for the guitar overdub. Although ‘Help!’ was the only song on the album requiring this procedure, the ‘bouncing down’ of tracks became ever more frequent until eight-track machines became available to the group in the summer of 1968.

Help! was issued at a time when stereo records sold to a small number of hi-fi enthusiasts and so mixing to mono took priority over a stereo version. George Martin decided to give Help! a new stereo mix from the four-track tapes for its debut release on CD in 1987. The mastering team has worked with that version.

This remastered album has been created from the original stereo digital master tapes from George Martin’s CD mixed made in 1986.

Remastered by Guy Massey and Steve Rooke
Project Co-Ordinator: Allan Rouse
Thanks to Simon Gibson
Historical Notes: Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley
Recording Notes: Allan Rouse and Kevin Howlett
Project management for EMI Records Ltd: Wendy Day and Guy Hayden

Help!” was remastered from the 1987 mix done by George Martin, not from the original stereo mixes. From The 1987 CD mixes – The Daily Beatle (webgrafikk.com):

Giles Martin was in the studio, remixing the Beatles songs that were going to be used in the The Beatles:Rock Band game, singling out specific instruments from otherwise interlocked studio tapes, so he was able to talk a bit about that process.

But he was also involved in the “Love” project, and he was an insider at Abbey Road, so he was also able to listen in to the remasters project that was going on at the same time as he was mixing for RockBand. Here’s what he said (transcribed by me from the podcast of the interview) about those infamous 1987 remixes:

Giles Martin: Rubber Soul and Help! were remixed by my dad in 1988 or ’87 for CD. And when we did “Love”, we got to do Yesterday, and I couldn’t understand why there were so much echo and reverb on the voice ’cause it was very non-Beatles. And it was only when I came back and I was listening to the remasters I asked “how come this is the case?” and they said “well we are remastering the eighties versions of [Rubber Soul and Help!]” and I said “why aren’t we remastering the originals, we should remaster what came out then [in 1965]?”

And they said “Well, your father wouldn’t be very happy with us not remastering the versions he did in the eighties.”
So I spoke to my dad and I asked “Do you mind if they remaster the sixties version?” and he went “I don’t even remember doing them in the eighties!”

Allan Rouse in an interview with Record Collector: “The remasters were based on the master-tapes, with the exception of two albums: George Martin’s 1987 mixes of Help! and Rubber Soul. People are questioning why we used those. George Martin is the fifth Beatle. He chose to do it. You can argue with him, but I’m not going to.”

So there you have it! The stereo remasters are the 1987 remixes out of the involved remastering engineers’ misguided respect for Sir George!

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