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Review Text When you read books with day-by-day chronologies of the concerts of big rock bands, Help is the kind of group you might see listed as third-billed in the early '70s to the Who, the Kinks, or whoever. It's prototypical early-'70s American album rock, not unlikable in any significant way, but fairly yawn-inducing all the same. It's got a good-time, crowd-loosening feel, some rock & roll and country influences here and there, and songs that leave the listeners nothing to remember it by. It's more West Coast in feel than anything else, with a rousing brotherly feel to the harmonies on "For Sale" and "Open Up the Door," whose lyrics seem to be straining for a motto in common with songs like the Youngbloods' classic hit "Get Together." "Easy to Be Free" goes into a slightly noodlier, more easygoing late-San Francisco hippie rock mood, while "Run Away" seems influenced by the Guess Who's guitar work on "American Woman" and a few cuts have a mildly rougher, funkier touch. But nothing here's worthy of your attention. ~ Richie Unterberger

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CD: 1

  1. 1. For Sale - 5:36
  2. 2. Open Up the Door - 3:49
  3. 3. I Tried Too Hard - 2:46
  4. 4. Easy to Be Free - 3:09
  5. 5. Run Away - 7:59
  6. 6. Keep in Touch - 4:21
  7. 7. Take a Look at Yourself - 5:43
  8. 8. Commit Yourself - 3:00
  9. 9. Help Me, Help You, Help Me - 4:07
  10. 10. Tennessee Waltz - 4:59

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