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Please Please Me
Please Please Me cover
Studio album by The Beatles
Released 22 March 1963 (mono)
26 April 1963 (stereo)
Recorded Abbey Road
11 September 1962, 26 November 1962, and 11 February 1963
Genre Rock and roll, pop
Length 32:45
Label Parlophone
PMC 1202 (mono)
PCS 3042 (stereo)
CDP 7 46435 2
Producer George Martin
Professional reviews
The Beatles chronology
Please Please Me
(1963)
With the Beatles
(1963)

Please Please Me is the first album recorded by The Beatles, rush-released on 22 March 1963 in the United Kingdom to capitalise on the success of singles "Please Please Me" (#1)[1] and "Love Me Do" (#17). Of the album's fourteen songs, eight were written by Lennon/McCartney, early evidence of what Rolling Stone later called "[their invention of] the self-contained rock band, writing their own hits and playing their own instruments."[2] In 2003, the magazine ranked the album number 39 on its list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was ranked first among the Beatles' early albums, and sixth of all of the Beatles' albums, with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Revolver, Rubber Soul, The Beatles (The White Album) and Abbey Road ranked higher. Music sample Please Please Me ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Cover of The Beatles album Please Please Me. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Bold text For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindstrom Company. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Q is a music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom, with a circulation of 140,282 and a readership of 731,000. ... Image File history File links 3_stars. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Music sample Please Please Me ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Love Me Do is an early Lennon-McCartney song, mainly written by Paul McCartney in 1961-2. ... The songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, usually referred to as Lennon/McCartney (sometimes McCartney/Lennon), is one of the best-known and most successful musical collaborations of all time. ... This article is about the magazine. ... The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ... The Beatles U.S. chronology Alternate cover Cover of the original 1966 U.S. LP Back cover Back cover of the original 1966 UK LP. The main photo was edited in separate parts for the booklet of the 1988 Compact Disc release. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... “The White Album” redirects here. ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ...


Rolling Stone also placed two songs from the album on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: #139, "I Saw Her Standing There", and #184, "Please Please Me". The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. ... It has been suggested that I Saw Him Standing There be merged into this article or section. ... Music sample Please Please Me ( file info) Problems? See media help. ...


According to the All Music Guide, "Decades after its release, the album still sounds fresh," the covers are "impressive" and the originals "astonishing."[3] The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ...

Contents

Recording and release

In order to include fourteen songs on the album, ten more tracks were needed to add to the four sides of their first two singles recorded and released previously. At 10.00 a.m. on Monday, 11 February, at Abbey Road Studios, the Beatles and George Martin started recording what was essentially their live act in 1963, and finished 585 minutes later (9 hours and 45 minutes)[4]. In three sessions that day (each lasting approximately three hours) they produced an authentic representation of the band's Cavern Club-era sound, as there were very few overdubs and edits.[5] George Martin initially contemplated recording the "Please Please Me" LP live at the Cavern in front of their own audience[6] and visited the Liverpool club to experience the Beatles phenomenon for himself.[7] But when time constraints intervened he decided to book them into Abbey Road Studios instead, and simply record them virtually live. Martin said, "It was a straightforward performance of their stage repertoire - a broadcast, more or less."[8] The day ended with a cover of "Twist and Shout", which had to be recorded last because John Lennon had a particularly bad cold and Martin feared the throat-shredding vocal would ruin Lennon's voice for the day. This performance, generally regarded as a classic, prompted Martin to say: "I don't know how they do it. We've been recording all day but the longer we go on the better they get."[5] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... External view of the New Cavern Club, January 2006 The Cavern Club, which was opened on January 16, 1957, is a legendary rock and roll club at 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, England, where Brian Epstein was introduced to the Beatles on 9 November 1961. ... An LP Long playing (LP), either 10 or 12-inch diameter, 33 rpm (actually 33. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Please Please Me track listing Side one I Saw Her Standing There Misery Anna (Go to Him) Chains Boys Ask Me Why Please Please Me Side two Love Me Do P.S. I Love You Baby Its You Do You Want to Know a Secret? A Taste of Honey... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Acute viral nasopharyngitis, often known as the common cold, is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory system (nose and throat). ...


The song "Hold Me Tight" was recorded during the session, but was "surplus to requirements" and was not included on the album.[5] "Hold Me Tight" was recorded again on 12 September 1963 for With the Beatles.[9] With the Beatles was The Beatles second album, recorded four months after the bands first album and released in late 1963. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The whole day's session cost around £400 [10]. George Martin said: "There wasn’t a lot of money at Parlophone. I was working to an annual budget of £55,000."[11]. This, however, had to cover all of the artists on Martin's roster.


Individually, under a contract with the Musicians' Union, each Beatle was entitled to collect seven pounds and ten shillings (£7.50) session fee, for each three hour session, which they duly did [12]. Martin considered calling the album Off the Beatle Track before Please Please Me was released on Parlophone PCS 3042.[13] The Musicians Union of the United Kingdom represents the interests of working musicians. ...


Please Please Me was recorded on a two-track tape recording machine, with most of the instrumentation on one track and the vocals on the other, allowing for a better balance between the two on the final half-inch tape mix-down in mono.[14] A stereo mix was made later, with one track on the left channel and the other on the right, and a layer of reverb was added to better blend the two tracks together. Unfortunately, the stereo versions of the songs on this album do not sound very balanced because of this.[citation needed] Audio mixing is used in sound recording, audio editing and sound systems to balance the relative volume and frequency content of a number of sound sources. ... Label for 1. ... This article is about the spacecraft and the mission. ...


Please Please Me was officially released on CD on 26 February 1987, along with three other Beatles' albums (With the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, and Beatles for Sale), all in mono only. CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit ÄŒeské Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Hard Days Night by the Beatles (side one) - Parlophone yellow and black label A Hard Days Night is the third album by The Beatles, released in the UK on 10 July 1964 as the soundtrack to their first film of the same name. ... Alternate cover Cover of the original 1964 Australian LP, released during the 1964 Australian tour. ... Label for 1. ...


Album cover and label

Please Please Me by the Beatles (side 1) - Parlophone gold and black label
Please Please Me by the Beatles (side 1) - Parlophone gold and black label

George Martin, a Fellow of London Zoo, thought that it might be good publicity for the zoo to have the Beatles pose outside the insect house for the cover photography of the album. However, the Zoological Society of London turned down Martin's offer, and instead Angus McBean was asked to take the distinctive colour photograph of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI's London headquarters.[13] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1902x1861, 480 KB) Summary Photo taken by me of 1963 Parlophone Beatles LP to show the Gold and Black label. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1902x1861, 480 KB) Summary Photo taken by me of 1963 Parlophone Beatles LP to show the Gold and Black label. ... Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindstrom Company. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... The giant London Zoo aviary London Zoo, or more correctly London Zoological Gardens, is the worlds oldest scientific zoo. ... The Zoological Society of London (sometimes known by the abbreviation ZSL) is a learned society founded in April 1826 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, Lord Auckland, Sir Humphry Davy, Joseph Sabine, Nicholas Aylward Vigors and other eminent naturalists. ... Bold text Angus McBean (June 8, 1904 - June 9, 1990), was a Welsh photographer, associated with surrealism. ...


The first editions of the LP are the only Beatles LPs that have the gold and black Parlophone label (gold writing on a black background). The mono version is highly sought after by collectors and the stereo version is even more so. The next Please Please Me LP label had a yellow and black Parlophone LP label (black with yellow writing). Later labels are usually black with silver writing. Some of the newest versions (primarily from the 1970s and on) have the Apple Records label. Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindstrom Company. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ...


Track listing

All songs by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, credited as McCartney/Lennon, except where noted. The songwriting credit was changed to the more familiar "Lennon/McCartney" for their second album, With the Beatles. Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, usually referred to as Lennon/McCartney (sometimes McCartney/Lennon), is one of the best-known and most successful musical collaborations of all time. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Side one

  1. "I Saw Her Standing There" – 2:55
  2. "Misery" – 1:50
  3. "Anna (Go to Him)" (Arthur Alexander) – 2:57
  4. "Chains" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 2:26
  5. "Boys" (Luther Dixon, Wes Farrell) – 2:27
  6. "Ask Me Why" – 2:27
  7. "Please Please Me" – 2:03

It has been suggested that I Saw Him Standing There be merged into this article or section. ... Please Please Me was the title of the Beatles first international hit single (Love Me Do was successful mainly in Liverpool, their home town) and also the title of their first album. ... Anna (Go to Him) is a song written and originally performed by Arthur Alexander and was released by him on Dot Records on 17 September 1962. ... Arthur Alexander (May 10, 1940 - June 9, 1993), born in Florence, Alabama, was perhaps the biggest star to arise out of the American country-soul scene. ... Chains is a song performed by The Beatles on their album Please Please Me. ... Gerry Goffin (born February 11, 1939) is an American lyricist. ... Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Boys is a song by The Beatles on their first album Please Please Me. ... Wes Farrell (born December 21, 1939, New York, New York - died February 29, 1996, Coconut Grove, Florida) was an American musician, songwriter and record producer, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Ask Me Why is a song by The Beatles from their album Please Please Me. ... Music sample Please Please Me ( file info) Problems? See media help. ...

Side two

  1. "Love Me Do" – 2:22
  2. "P.S. I Love You" – 2:05
  3. "Baby It's You" (Mack David, Barney Williams, Burt Bacharach) – 2:38
  4. "Do You Want to Know a Secret" – 1:59
  5. "A Taste of Honey" (Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow) – 2:05
  6. "There's a Place" – 1:52
  7. "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley, Bert Russell) – 2:33

Love Me Do is an early Lennon-McCartney song, mainly written by Paul McCartney in 1961-2. ... P.S. I Love You is a Lennon-McCartney song recorded by the Beatles and released on October 5, 1962 as the B-side of their Love Me Do single. ... Baby Its You is a song written by Burt Bacharach (music), and Barney Williams and Mack David (lyrics). ... Mack David (born July 5, 1912) was an American lyricist and songwriter, best known for his work with movies and television in the 1960s, particularly his work on the Disney films Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. ... This biographical article needs additional references for verification. ... Do You Want to Know a Secret? is a song by The Beatles on the album Please Please Me. ... A Taste of Honey is a song covered by The Beatles on the album Please Please Me. ... Robert C. Scott Robert Cortez Scott (b. ... Theres A Place is a song by The Beatles from their album Please Please Me. ... Please Please Me track listing Side one I Saw Her Standing There Misery Anna (Go to Him) Chains Boys Ask Me Why Please Please Me Side two Love Me Do P.S. I Love You Baby Its You Do You Want to Know a Secret? A Taste of Honey... Bertrand Russell Berns (November 8, 1929 - December 30, 1967) (a/k/a Bert Russell and Bert Berns) was one of the great American songwriters and record producers of the 1960s. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...

Personnel

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, popping or using a pick. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... An extended 4-piece drum kit A drum kit (or drum set or trap set - the latter an old-fashioned term) is a collection of drums, cymbals and other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a sole percussionist (drummer), usually for jazz, rock, or other types of contemporary music. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ...

Chart positions

Singles

Billboard charts (North America)
Year Song Chart Rank
1964 "Do You Want to Know a Secret" Pop Singles 2
1964 "I Saw Her Standing There" Pop Singles 14
1964 "Love Me Do" Pop Singles 1
1964 "P.S. I Love You" Pop Singles 10
1964 "Please Please Me" Pop Singles 3
1964 "There's a Place" Pop Singles 74
1964 "Twist and Shout" Pop Singles 2
1986 "Twist and Shout" The Billboard Hot 100 23

On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. ... Do You Want to Know a Secret? is a song by The Beatles on the album Please Please Me. ... It has been suggested that I Saw Him Standing There be merged into this article or section. ... Love Me Do is an early Lennon-McCartney song, mainly written by Paul McCartney in 1961-2. ... P.S. I Love You is a Lennon-McCartney song recorded by the Beatles and released on October 5, 1962 as the B-side of their Love Me Do single. ... Music sample Please Please Me ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Theres A Place is a song by The Beatles from their album Please Please Me. ... Please Please Me track listing Side one I Saw Her Standing There Misery Anna (Go to Him) Chains Boys Ask Me Why Please Please Me Side two Love Me Do P.S. I Love You Baby Its You Do You Want to Know a Secret? A Taste of Honey... Please Please Me track listing Side one I Saw Her Standing There Misery Anna (Go to Him) Chains Boys Ask Me Why Please Please Me Side two Love Me Do P.S. I Love You Baby Its You Do You Want to Know a Secret? A Taste of Honey...

Album

Highest chart position
Chart Rank
Disc Weekly 1
Melody Maker 1
NME 1
Record Retailer 1

It stayed on top for 30 weeks (from 11th May 1963). Weeks in chart: 74 (seventy weeks from 6th April 1963, and four weeks from 7th March 1987) Melody Maker, published in the United Kingdom, was (until its closure) the worlds oldest weekly music newspaper. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ...


Notes

  1. ^ Ian MacDonald (1994). Revolution in the Head: the Beatles' Records and the Sixties. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 46. ISBN 0-8050-2780-7.  (#1 on 4 charts: Melody Maker, New Musical Express, Disc, and BBC's Pick of the Pops)
  2. ^ Rolling Stone's The Beatles Biography. Retrieved on 2007-02-24.
  3. ^ AMG Please Please Me Review. Retrieved on 2007-02-24.
  4. ^ Mark Lewisohn The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions P.24
  5. ^ a b c Mark Lewisohn (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books, 24, 26. ISBN 0-517-57066-1. 
  6. ^ MacDonald, Ian (1998). Revolution in the Head. London: Pimlico, 59. ISBN 0-7126-6697-4. 
  7. ^ Q Collectors Limited Edition. London: Maddy Ballantyne, 36. 
  8. ^ George Martin with William Pearson (1994). With a Little Help From My Friends: The Making of Sgt. Pepper. Boston: Little, Brown, 77. ISBN 0-316-54783-2. 
  9. ^ Mark Lewisohn (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions, 36. 
  10. ^ Bill Harry The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia P.528
  11. ^ "Q" Magazine The Beatles Collectors Limited Edition P.38
  12. ^ Mark Lewisohn The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions P.21
  13. ^ a b Mark Lewisohn (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions, 32. 
  14. ^ Mark Lewisohn (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions, 28. 

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