Through their first four albums the Beatles would follow a pattern of moving forward, then falling back. Please Please Me was better than With The Beatles; A Hard Day's Night far superior to Beatles For Sale. With Help, the band's fifth album, the Beatles begin a forward march that lasted many years. They were on the verge of recording their finest albums. Even later albums that were not as good were at least progressions. Where they failed, they were ambitious failures. Help is a transitional album, an underrated one at that, as the Beatles fan base was about to shift. Older fans, perhaps nauseated by Beatlemania were turning to the Rolling Stones in search of satisfaction. Other listeners gave the album short shrift because it was the soundtrack to a rather silly film by the same name. But listen closely and you can hear a band growing out of its own skin, ready to reconquer America. Ticket to Ride pushes past I Feel Fine; Help supersedes A Hard Day's Night. The Beatles are growing up. John's writing and singing on You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, You're Going to Lose That Girl, and It's Only Love are breathtaking. Paul's classic, Yesterday, a gorgeous tune with vapid lyrics, gives the album three strong singles. George steps forward with I Need You, his best composition to date. The Night Before, Another Girl, You Like Me Too Much, Tell Me What You See, I've Just Seen a Face, and two covers, Ringo singing the country song Act Naturally, and John screeching the rocker Dizzy Miss Lizzie round out the album. Help is not Rubber Soul, but it is pointing in that direction.