After the poll for Beatles for Sale, it’s time to move on through the Beatles’s discography! Next up is their second soundtrack album - Help!.
*Help! *was released in August of 1965, and it contained Lennon/McCartney, Harrison, and cover songs.
A few interesting tidbits about the songs: “Help!”, the title track, was originally a melancholy piece written by John, meant to be accompianed by piano (the demo is actually on YouTube), but he later changed it under commercial pressure to be more upbeat to suit the film. Later on, he said he regretted this, as the demo piece was more sincere.
Another song on the album, “Yesterday”, was actually composed in Paul McCartney’s sleep; he says he woke up one morning with a tune in his head, and then worked in out in a few minutes on a piano, using the lyrics “scrambled eggs”.
Lastly, there’s one other thing I’d like to address - the idea that this series of polls is meant to determine the definitive, end-all “greatest” Beatles song. All of the albums are a collective work of art; to hold up one song as the “best” is like choosing one chapter from a book and declaring it the most well-written. These polls are primarily meant as a way to encourage discussion about Beatles songs in a friendly, slightly competitive atmosphere; they’re simply fun little distractions, nothing more, nothing less. I hope that no Beatles fans on the SDMB are discouraged from participating because they’re annoyed at the idea that the Beatles can be boiled down to a handful of songs.
So - let’s vote!