The Beatles' second movie, released in 1965. This one was in color, unlike the previous one, A Hard Day's Night. Much sillier and less realistic than the first one, it revolves around an Asian fan sending Ringo a ring that is worn by the victims of a human-sacrificing religious sect. (Not that much of a fan, or really naive, maybe.) The Beatles are chased through England, Switzerland, and the Bahamas by cult members and some scientists who want the ring.

The movie was filmed in several locations as a tax shelter, and the Beatles spent most of the time they weren't on camera in their trailers smoking marijuana. The soundtrack album was interesting, though, because their earlier introduction to Bob Dylan had not only turned them on to drugs but to more acoustic-sounding music and this was the first album featuring the sound change.

The movie soundtrack contains (in the British vinyl release and all regions' CD versions):

  1. Help!
  2. The Night Before
  3. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
  4. I Need You
  5. Another Girl
  6. You're Going To Lose That Girl
  7. Ticket to Ride
  8. Act Naturally
  9. It's Only Love
  10. You Like Me Too Much
  11. Tell Me What You See
  12. I've Just Seen A Face
  13. Yesterday
  14. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
The American vinyl release only contained tracks 1-7, with untitled instrumentals (including some really trippy sitar versions of earlier Beatles songs) making up the rest of the album. Hearing the Indian musicians who played in this movie was what got George Harrison into Indian music by the time future albums were written/recorded. The remaining songs were shuffled onto later releases such as "Rubber Soul" and "Yesterday and Today."

A song that wakes me up in the middle of the night with John Lennon's loud yelp.

Also The Beatles' second movie, which I watched last night:

Ringo Starr recieves a ring from a fan from the far east ("an eastern bird"), who, unknowingly to Ringo, is to be sacrificed... but wait! Just as the knife is being brought to the neck of this lady, Ahme, sister of the sacrificee shouts: "The Ring! She cannot be sacrificed without the ring!" This puts the High Priest of the godess Kaili, Klang, in a furor.

His "arrangments for his immediate departure" to England are made.

When in England, we find the boys: John, Paul, George, and Ringo entering their home. Paul waves to bystanders, and then appears at an organ rising out of the ground...

George instructs a man to mow his lawn by his bed... with those little walking teeth.

John goes to a bookshelf, grabs a book within a book, and proceeds to kiss it.

Ringo tries to get a sandwich... But who appears from behind the sandwich machiney thingie? AHME!, who then bites Ringo's hand, trying to remove the ring. "Ouch! Hey!" Ringo shouts.
"She's got my hand!"
John then retorts:
"Don't bring things down to your level, it's immature."
"I just wanted a sandwich." Ringo says.

Enough of analyzing the scene. I'll sum it up like this: When trying to remove the ring, the Beatles encounter a mad scientist with his own plans for the ring:

"With a ring like that I could...dare I say..rule the world!" He is accompanied by a clumsy round man: "You'll thank me in the end." he continually chirps before all their failed missions.

Ahme proves to be more of a cohort to the boys, rather than an enemy, keeping them away from Klang, who now just wants to paint Ringo red and slaughter him. "I knew it was you buzzin', you naughty boy!" "Help...." Ringo yells as he is toted away once again.

George, ironically acts like a miser in this film, gambling and making others pay... "No, don't give him the ring, it's worth a couple a barb at least..."

But, at least a romantic miser.. "I'm getting winked at more these days. That used to be you Paul, didn't it?"

Paul, as usual, is just a pimp. He constantly flirts with Ahme, although she started it... "not the Beatle with the ring, he?" "unfortunatley not (wink wink)" "(confused look from Paul)"

John is his witty self: "You've failed us, scientist!"
"You and your filty eastern ways!"
"not the wheel!" "Even the Royal House of Hanover had the wheel, sir."

So, summing this up, it's funny as hell if you're a Beatles fan, and just confusing if you're not.

"You can see a lot of the world from railings." -Ringo

Here, I will focus on the instrumentation and other technical details of The Beatles' fifth album (Britsh Release):

Overall: Songs for the movie recorded mostly from February 15 to 19, 1965, and most of the others from June 14 to 17, 1965, at Abbey Road. Released on August 6, 1965. This album marked the heavy influence of Bob Dylan.

  1. Help!...Recorded on April 13, 1965 at Abbey Road. Released as a single on July 23, 1965.
  2. The Night Before...Recorded on February 17, 1965 at Abbey Road
    • McCARTNEY: bass, lead vocal
    • LENNON: electric piano, backing vocal
    • HARRISON: lead guitar, backing vocal
    • STARR: drums
  3. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away...Recorded on February 18, 1965 at Abbey Road
    • McCARTNEY: acoustic guitar
    • LENNON: acoustic guitar, vocal
    • HARRISON: acoustic guitar
    • STARR: tambourine
    • Session musicians: flutes
  4. I Need You...Recorded on February 15, 1965 at Abbey Road, with overdubs February 16.
    • McCARTNEY: bass, backing vocal
    • LENNON: acoustic guitar, backing vocal
    • HARRISON: lead guitar, lead vocal (double-tracked)
    • STARR: drums
  5. Another Girl...Recorded on February 15, 1965 at Abbey Road, McCartney overdub of lead guitar on February 16
    • McCARTNEY: bass, lead guitar (solo at end), lead vocal
    • LENNON: acoustic guitar, backing vocal
    • HARRISON: lead guitar, backing vocal
    • STARR: drums
  6. You're Going to Lose That Girl...Recorded on February 19, 1965 at Abbey Road.
    • McCARTNEY: bass, piano, backing vocal
    • LENNON: acoustic guitar, lead vocal
    • HARRISON: lead guitar (Fender Stratocaster, Sonic Blue tremolo), backing vocal
    • STARR: drums, bongos
  7. Ticket to Ride...Recorded on February 15, 1965 at Abbey Road. Originally released as a single on April 9, 1965.
    • McCARTNEY: bass, lead guitar (Sunburst Epiphone Casino), harmony vocal
    • LENNON: rhythm guitar, tambourine, lead vocal
    • HARRISON: lead guitar
    • STARR: drums
  8. Act Naturally...Recorded on June 17, 1965 at Abbey Road.
    • McCARTNEY: bass, harmony vocal
    • LENNON: acoustic guitar
    • HARRISON: lead guitar
    • STARR: drums, lead vocal
  9. It's Only Love...Recorded on June 15, 1965 at Abbey Road.
    • McCARTNEY: bass
    • LENNON: acoustic guitar, tambourine, vocal
    • HARRISON: lead guitar
    • STARR: drums
  10. You Like Me Too Much...Recorded on February 17, 1965 at Abbey Road.
    • McCARTNEY: Steinway piano, harmony vocal
    • LENNON: acoustic guitar, electric piano
    • HARRISON: lead guitar, lead vocal
    • STARR: drums, tambourine
    • George Martin: Steinway piano
  11. Tell Me What You See...Recorded on February 18, 1965 at Abbey Road.
    • McCARTNEY: bass, electric piano, lead vocal
    • LENNON: washboard guitar, lead vocal
    • HARRISON: lead guitar, tambourine
    • STARR: drums, claves
  12. I've Just Seen a Face...Recorded on June 14, 1965 at Abbey Road
    • McCARTNEY: acoustic guitar, vocal
    • LENNON: acoustic guitar
    • HARRISON: acoustic lead guitar
    • STARR: drums, maracas
  13. Yesterday...Recorded on June 14, 1965 at Abbey Road. This was the first time a Beatle recorded solo.
    • McCARTNEY: acoustic guitar (Epiphone Texan), vocal
    • Session musicians: string quartet
  14. Dizzy Miss Lizzy...Recorded on May 10, 1965 at Abbey Road:
    • McCARTNEY: bass
    • LENNON: Hammond organ, vocal
    • HARRISON: lead guitar
    • STARR: drums

Other singles from this period:

My sources are Beatlesongs by William J. Dowlding1989) and The Beatles Anthology, by "The Beatles" (©2000).

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