Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note



The album cover features the group with their arms positioned to spell out a word in flag semaphore. According to cover photographer Robert Freeman, “I had the idea of semaphore spelling out the letters HELP. But when we came to do the shot the arrangement of the arms with those letters didn’t look good. So we decided to improvise and ended up with the best graphic positioning of the arms.”

On the British Parlophone release, the letters formed by The Beatles appear to be ‘NUJV’, whilst the slightly re-arranged US release on Capitol Records appeared to feature the letters ‘NVUJ’.

The following semaphore characters show the correct spelling of ‘HELP’.









“Soundtrack” number two and as before the album is way better than the film.

The album follows a similar template with side one featuring the seven songs used in the film all original compositions including one by George Harrison. Unlike it’s predecessor though side two includes two cover version plus five originals including another George Harrison composition.

For many the contents of the album are overshadowed by the presence of “Yesterday” perhaps McCartney’s most famous song and according to the Guiness Book of Records it benefits from the most cover versions made of any song.

Now if you haven’t heard this song before then you probably won’t browse here long, if you like it then that’s your choice if you don’t there are in my opinion plenty of other songs to choose from perhaps for me at least the song has suffered from over exposure and a slaughtering at the hands of many a karaoke “singer”.

Anyway for what it’s worth it is the Lennon compositions which make this album so important and “Ticket To Ride” in particular.

“Ticket To Ride” is often credited with developing the concept of “rock” as opposed to “pop”, however, whilst it may not pinch from Spector as noted by some, the inspiration to Lennon was gleamed from the hard sounding songs of the time be it “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” by The Who or any early Kinks single. It is no coincidence perhaps that these two bands were produced at the time by Shel Talmy famous for his “live” sounding recordings and as I have noted in earlier posts The Beatles were striving to harden up their sound to create a sound which might be produced in a live format.

This desire to create a “live” format in the sudio would later come back to haunt them with “Let It Be” but that is for a future posting.

Of the two George Harrison composition “I Need You” is my favourite

This is perhaps the strangest song on the album but somehow it remain quaint and should really have ben covered by Simon & Garfunkel!

For more information on this album click HERE

To buy The Beatles music click HERE



September 11, 2009 - Posted by | Old Music, Video |

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