Saturday, November 10, 2007

Won't you please, please help me?

Did you know the second-best Beatles movie finally came out on DVD this week?

John said that Help! wasn't a Beatles film so much as a film with Beatles in it ("It was like having clams in a movie about frogs"), and he's right. But I actually get a bigger kick out of the musical performances here than the ones in Hard Day's Night, on account of they're more reminiscent of what bands would be doing on MTV twenty (twenty!) years later, i.e. "here we are, get used to us," leavened with a li'l wackiness.

Such as their take on "Another Girl." (I always loved the modulation to C major in the bridge.)

And "Ticket to Ride."

Incidentally, that's Paul playing lead guitar on both tracks.

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