As soundtracks go, it would be hard to top A Hard Day's Night, but a year later The Beatles came oh-so-close with Help!, a deliriously expansive set that showcased Lennon and McCartney's strengths as matchless introspective songwriters.
But that would have been on the British version, which included It's Only Love and I've Just Seen A Face, along with McCartney's towering triumph, Yesterday, all of which were excised from the US edition.
Of course, any record that lists the stunning title track, Ticket To Ride and You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, along with George Harrison's first truly great original, I Need You, can't be all bad. But a quartet of Ken Thorne-composed orchestral pieces (performed by the George Martin Orchestra) take up space that could otherwise have been occupied by as many Beatles gem, so that's four demerits.
2. The Night Before
3. From Me To You Fantasy (instrumental)
4. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
5. I Need You
6. In The Tyrol (instrumental)
7. Another Girl
8. Another Hard Day's Night (instrumental)
9. Ticket To Ride
10. The Bitter End/You Can't Do That (instrumental)
11. You're Going To Lose That Girl
12. The Chase (instrumental)