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<br>The Beatles - Help  <p>Our Shootout Winner from 2013</p>

The Beatles - Help

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Folks, you may have noticed that not many copies of Help with knockout sound make it to the site very often. They're just not easy to find, but we're happy to report that our last shootout produced some real knockouts! If you like your Beatles albums to sound rich, natural, lively and clear -- and who doesn't -- you can't go wrong here.

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Sku # : beatlhelp_2013
Manufacturer : EMI Parlophone Import LP

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Both sides here are truly killer, and better than the typical pressing in almost every way. The soundstage is bigger and more three-dimensional, the overall tonality is fuller and richer, and there's a level of presence here that just doesn't exist on most copies.

Side One

A+++, super full-bodied and POWERFUL. The soundfield has amazing depth and transparency, and the top end opens up in a way the typical pressing doesn't even hint at. This is absolutely As Good As It Gets, folks!

Side Two

A++, more open and transparent than most with plenty of energy and a great bottom end. Listen particularly to the harmonics of the guitar; it's a rare copy that reproduces them with this kind of clarity and detail!

Distortion on the Tape

I can't tell you how many harmonically distorted Brit copies we've played of this album over the years. Some of the old cutting equipment clearly adds its own layer of distortion to the distortion that already exists on the tape. Remember, this is a four track recording with plenty of bounce downs in the final mix.

Much like we said about the Please Please Me Hot Stampers, on the top copies the presence of the vocals and guitars is so real it's positively startling at times. Drop the needle on You've Got To Hide Your Love Away and turn up the volume -- on the best copies it will be as if John and Paul were right there in your living room!

You've Got To Play Them To Know How They Sound

The best import copies of this album sound AMAZING, but the average one is fairly mediocre. Most tend to be dull, lacking upper midrange presence as well as extension up at the very top. They look like they should have a good top end, but they rarely do. It just goes to show that the only way to find out if a record sounds any good is by playing it. We don't imagine many people have the extra time that's required to find, clean, and play multiple import copies of this record -- so why not let us do the work for you so that you can spend your free time ENJOYING this wonderful album?

Originals Vs. Reissues

If you're an Audiophile Record Collector -- and by that I mean an Audiophile who is also a Record Collector, not a person who collects Audiophile Records -- you may have been told that the original British pressings of The Beatles albums are the best way to hear them.

They are not. Any Hot Stamper pressing of any Beatles album we sell up through Sgt. Pepper will eat those originals for lunch. The originals are simply not very good representations of what is actually on the master tape, and a good reissue -- the kind we sell all day long -- will convince you of that fact the moment the needle hits the groove. (Well, maybe not quite that fast, but it definitely will not take long. One song should be plenty.)

Bigger Issues

If you own some early Parlophone pressingsor, even worse, the early mono pressings, and they sound "right" to you (however you define the term), then you have systemic problems that affect more than your Beatles albums. There is simply no way a modern, serious audiophile system can play the early imports without exposing their flaws.

If you have what we like to call an Old School Audio System, the kind that you could have put together twenty or thirty years ago, then your early Parlophones might sound just fine to you. But one thing is true: you sure don't know what you're missing.

Audio has come a long way. If you love The Beatles' music you owe it to yourself to get your system working at a level that will allow you to hear the wonderful sound they recorded all those years ago. Not what little your old stereo can show you, but what's really there. That sound is all over the vinyl we sell; we know, we hear it in every shootout. You can hear it too.

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