The Beatles ORIGINAL British Parlophone Help Album. This is not the movie soundtrack, but the DEBUT release of the album. “Help!” was written by John Lennon, credited to the Lennon-McCartney team and was the title song for both the film and album, released in 1965 on the Parlophone Label. “Help” went to #1 on both the UK and US singles charts! The British branch of Parlophone was founded in 1923, then merged with two Graphophone Companies to become Electric & Musical Industries Limited (The famous label “EMI”). It got better: George Martin joined EMI in 1950! Famously, in 1962, Martin signed the Beatles! This is an early "Parlophone EMI" label album, with the Beatles cavorting on the front cover. This was the group’s first use of two 4-track machines for a revolutionary technique known as “bouncing”. During an interview with Playboy in 1980 Lennon recounted: “The whole Beatles thing was just beyond comprehension. I was subconsciously crying out for help”. John wrote the lyrics to express his stress over the Beatles quick rise to success. “I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for Help”, Lennon said. Writer Ian MacDonald describes the song as the “first crack in the protective shell” “Lennon had built around his emotions during the Beatles rise to fame, and an important milestone in his songwriting style. Here is an original 1962 Parlophone Stereo release of Help! signed by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Same time signatures.