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The Beatles "Please Please Me"

Updated on February 16, 2018

Please Please Me

The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone Records PMC 1202
The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone Records PMC 1202 | Source

I Saw Her Standing There

The Beatles First Long Playing Album

To release the album "Please Please Me" the Beatles would have to lay down ten more tracks to add to the four sides of their first two singles that were recorded and released previously. At 10.00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, at Abbey Road Studios, studio 2 The Beatles and George Martin started recording what was basically their live act from 1963, and they finished in 9 hours and 45 minutes. There were three sessions that day, each lasting approximately three hours which produced an authentic representation of the band's Cavern Club era sound, there were very few overdubs and edits. "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 which was mix-down in mono. 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.

Side A
Side A

Side One Tracking Information and Order

* links go to wikipedia

1. I Saw Her Standing There 2:56 (Lennon-McCartney) Peaked at #14 in the U.S. January 1964

2. Misery 1:50 (Lennon-McCartney) Originally written for singer Helen Shapiro, whose manager rejected it

3. Anna Go To Him 2:57 (Arthur Alexander) A personal favorite of Lennon's, though he sang the title phrase as "go with him"

4. Chains 2:27 (Gerry Goffin-Carole King) Features lead vocals by George Harrison

5. Boys 2:27 (Luther Dixon-Wes Farrell)
Ringo on lead vocals; originally recorded by The Shirelles in 1960

6. Ask Me Why 2:20 (Lennon-McCartney)
Released as a single B-side in the UK January 1963

7. Please Please Me 2:08 (Lennon-McCartney)
Released as a single A-side in the UK January 1963; peaked at #3 US in January 1964

Misery

Side B
Side B

Side Two Tracking Information and Order

* links go to wikipedia

1. Love Me Do 2:22 (Lennon-McCartney) Released as a single A-side in UK October 1962; peaked at #1 US in May 1964

2. P.S. I Love You 2:06 (Lennon-McCartney) Released as a single B-side in UK October 1962; peaked at #10 US in 1964

3. Baby Its You 2:38 (Burt Bacharach-Mack David-Barney Williams) Originally a hit for The Shirelles; the only Bacharach song recorded by The Beatles

4. Do You Want to Know a Secret 2:00 (Lennon-McCartney)
Peaked at #2 in the U.S. April 1964

5. A Taste of Honey 2:05 (Ric Marlow-Bobby Scott)
Based on the 1958 play and 1961 film of the same name

6. There's a Place 1:53 (Lennon-McCartney) Peaked at #74 in the US 1964

7. Twist & Shout 2:33 (Phil Medley-Bert Russell) Recorded in one take because Lennon was losing his voice; peaked at #2 in the U.S. 1964

Twist and Shout

A Taste Of Honey

Did You Know?

George Martin, a friend to the 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 color photograph of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI's London headquarters

The whole day's session cost for Please Please Me was around 400 pounds which is approximate 627.00 in US dollars in 2015 . Individually, under a contract with the Musicians Union, each Beatle was entitled to collect seven pounds and ten shillings (approx. 11.75) session fee, for each three hour session, which they duly did.

On the track "Please Please Me" the stereo version has John making an error in the words in the final verse, which causes him to chuckle a bit, this is not heard in the mono release.

Parlophone Records UK Promotional Poster

The Beatles Parlophone Records In-Store Promotional Poster UK, 1963-64
The Beatles Parlophone Records In-Store Promotional Poster UK, 1963-64 | Source

The Beatles "Please Please Me" Mono 1963

The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone Records PMC 1202 12" Vinyl Record UK Pressing Black Label Gold Print  (1963)  Album Cover Photo by Angus McBean
The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone Records PMC 1202 12" Vinyl Record UK Pressing Black Label Gold Print (1963) Album Cover Photo by Angus McBean | Source

Back Cover - Mono

The Beatles "Please Please Me" Wrap Around Cover Straight Cut Corner Catalog No. PMC 1202 Printed on Upper Right Corner Back Cover (1963) Album Cover Printed at Ernest J Day & Co Ltd
The Beatles "Please Please Me" Wrap Around Cover Straight Cut Corner Catalog No. PMC 1202 Printed on Upper Right Corner Back Cover (1963) Album Cover Printed at Ernest J Day & Co Ltd | Source

Polythene-Lined "Use Emitex" Die-Cut Dust Sleeve

Vintage Polythene-Lined "Use Emitex" Die-Cut Dust Sleeve
Vintage Polythene-Lined "Use Emitex" Die-Cut Dust Sleeve

The Beatles "Please Please Me" Stereo 1963

The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone Records PCS 3042 Stereo 12" Vinyl Record  UK Pressing (1963) Large Stereo Cover
The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone Records PCS 3042 Stereo 12" Vinyl Record UK Pressing (1963) Large Stereo Cover | Source

Back Cover - Stereo

The Beatles "Please Please Me" Wrap Around Cover Straight Cut Corner Catalog No PCS 3042 Printed on Upper Right Corner Back Cover (1963) Album Cover Printed at Ernest J Day & Co Ltd
The Beatles "Please Please Me" Wrap Around Cover Straight Cut Corner Catalog No PCS 3042 Printed on Upper Right Corner Back Cover (1963) Album Cover Printed at Ernest J Day & Co Ltd | Source

Polythene-Lined "Use Emitex" Die-Cut Dust Sleeve

Vintage Polythene-Lined "Use Emitex" Die-Cut Dust Sleeve
Vintage Polythene-Lined "Use Emitex" Die-Cut Dust Sleeve

"From Me To You" b/w "Thank You Girl"

Demo Copies of EMI Records Were Issued in "Top Pop" Sleeves. The Beatles "From Me To You" b/w "Thank You Girl"
Demo Copies of EMI Records Were Issued in "Top Pop" Sleeves. The Beatles "From Me To You" b/w "Thank You Girl" | Source

From Me To You

"From Me To You" b/w "Thank You Girl"

Demo Copies of EMI Records Were Issued in "Top Pop" Sleeves. The Beatles "From Me To You" b/w "Thank You Girl" R 5015
Demo Copies of EMI Records Were Issued in "Top Pop" Sleeves. The Beatles "From Me To You" b/w "Thank You Girl" R 5015 | Source

Thank You Girl

"Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You"

Demo Copies of EMI Records Were Issued in "Top Pop" Sleeves. The Beatles "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You" Parlophone 45-R 4949 Love Me Do 1st. press: 5th October. 1962
Demo Copies of EMI Records Were Issued in "Top Pop" Sleeves. The Beatles "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You" Parlophone 45-R 4949 Love Me Do 1st. press: 5th October. 1962 | Source

Love Me Do

"Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You"

Demo Copies of EMI Records Were Issued in "Top Pop" Sleeves. The Beatles "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You" Parlophone 45-R 4949
Demo Copies of EMI Records Were Issued in "Top Pop" Sleeves. The Beatles "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You" Parlophone 45-R 4949 | Source

PS I Love You

"Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You"

The Beatles Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You Parlophone Records 45 R 4949 Beach stripe Company sleeve colored wavy lines with Parlophone logo in a box on front
The Beatles Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You Parlophone Records 45 R 4949 Beach stripe Company sleeve colored wavy lines with Parlophone logo in a box on front | Source

"Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You"

The Beatles Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You Parlophone Records 45 R 4949 7 in. Vinyl Record Beach stripe Company sleeve colored wavy lines with Parlophone logo in a box on front
The Beatles Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You Parlophone Records 45 R 4949 7 in. Vinyl Record Beach stripe Company sleeve colored wavy lines with Parlophone logo in a box on front | Source

P.S.

The Beatles "Ask Me Why"

The Beatles "Chains"

The Beatles "Baby Its You"

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      Fox Music 3 years ago

      Thanks electrolion For the Accolades and the Pun !!

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      electrolion 5 years ago

      Very nice lens for all Beatles fans. The photos really please, please me.

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      Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      I liked several, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, There's a Place. I love this album :)

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I had this record... got it in the early 60's I think.. I was a little little kid.. my first record was Rolling Stones, and my babysitter got it for me!! :)

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      Ellen Mitchell 7 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens. Brought back wonderful memories of my youth. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love the Beatles.Thanks for shraing this great lense for the Beatles lovers. 5***** stars for you ;)

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      Beth 7 years ago

      I love the Beatles! Every time I hear one of their songs I can't stop singing along. Very informative lens.

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      boogie101 10 years ago

      solid info thanks!!

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      thekid93 10 years ago

      Great Lens

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      TwirlPlanet 10 years ago

      Some fascinating history...I miss the Beatles!

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