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Please Please Me

Please Please Me
LP by The Beatles
Released March 22 1963
Recorded Abbey Road Studios 1963
Genre Rock
Length 32 min 03 s
Record label Parlophone
Producer George Martin
Professional reviews
Q 3 stars out of 5 November 2000
Allmusic.com 5 stars out of 5 link
The Beatles Chronology

Please Please Me
(March 22 1963)
With the Beatles
(November 1963)

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. The album was released on March 2, 1963 in the United Kingdom, due only to the constant efforts of producer George Martin. To date, the Beatles had released only two singles ("Love Me Do"/"P.S. I Love You" - October 5, 1962; "Please Please Me"/"Ask Me Why" - January 11, 1963) with only moderate success. At the time, groups rarely released an LP unless the album was supported by a massive hit or popular film. Martin pushed for the album to be released, and many of the tracks came to be hits in the UK and/or the United States (some not until it was re-released two years later). American audiences saw only one Beatles single ("Please Please Me"/"Ask Me Why" - February 25, 1963) before Please Please Me was released (under the title Introducing the Beatles on Vee-Jay Records). "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why" were not included on the original American release of the album.

The most remarkable thing about this album was that is was recorded in just fifteen hours on February 11, 1963 (but see "Love Me Do", below). Some of the tracks on the album were not actually composed by the group, but were covers of rock standards of the time and, with the exception of "Twist And Shout", have proved fairly unmemorable and only interesting for the insight they give into the band's own tastes in music at the time.

Please Please Me was recorded on a two-track recorder at Abbey Road Studios, originally in mono and then stereo. The stereo version has never been released except on vinyl.

Most of the songs were recorded with the following credits (exceptions are noted):

John: Rhythm guitar and lead vocals
Paul: Bass guitar
George: Lead guitar
Ringo: Drums

Table of contents
1 Covers
2 Originals
3 Personnel
4 Charting singles
5 External links

Covers

"Anna"

"Chains" "Boys" "Baby It's You" "A Taste of Honey" "Twist and Shout"

Originals

"I Saw Her Standing There"

"Misery" "Ask Me Why" "Love Me Do" "P.S. I Love You" "Do You Want to Know a Secret" "There's a Place" "Please Please Me" It is amazing to listen to this record and then Abbey Road back to back. The former being the Beatles first album and the latter their last in order of recording, the comparison dramatically demonstrates how much the band's sound changed in just eight years. The Beatles were hard workers, especially when recording this album.

The Beatles synthesized multiple genres of music from the 1950s and early 1960s. Girl groups (The Shirelles, The Angels, The Crystals), as well as other early rock and roll (Little Richard), soul (Roy Orbison), surf rock (The Beach Boys and R&B; (Smokey Robinson) artists. In particular, "Misery" and "There's a Place" are influenced by the best of the girl groups, incorporated a dance-able beat with beautiful harmonies and downbeat subject matter. Little Richard's influence can be heard in songs like "I Saw Her Standing There", with McCartney's gospelii-inflected bridge climax. In "Please Please Me", Harrison's guitar riff, which seems to be a response to the lyrics, sound strongly influenced by The Everly Brothers, ascending, climactic style. The same song was an explicit ode to Lennon's hero, Roy Orbison. Songs like "Love Me Do" reflected an influence from American blues, while jazz chords can be heard in "P.S. I Love You", which also shows a vocal debt to Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, particularly in McCartney's sudden shifts in register, from low to high, a distinctively Presleyian style. "Do You Want to Know a Secret" has identifiably doo wop vocals, influenced, according to George Harrison, by The Stereo's 1961 hit "I Really Love You".

Stylistically, Please Please Me was massively influential, bringing one the of the most influential groups into international consciousness. The Beatles' intepretation of rock and roll came to dominate the world's popular music scene starting soon after the release of this album, and has thus come to influence most genres of music that came afterwards. The most direct descendant is the harmony-driven pop of groups like The Beach Boys (All Summer Long - 1964) and The Zombies (Odessey and Oracle - 1968), and power pop, beginning the early 1970s (Big Star; Radio City - 1974). In addition, the British Invasion was led by the Beatles, and all of the groups involved sounded at least somewhat like the Beatles, ranging from the folk-pop of The Kinks (The Kink Kontroversy - 1965) to the harder rock of The Rolling Stones (The Rolling Stones Now - 1965) and The Who (The Who Sings My Generation - 1965). The Beatles' casual, danceable sound helped provide the basis for what would eventually become heavy metal, pub bands like The Yardbirds (Five Live Yardbirds - 1964) and The Small Faces (The Small Faces - 1966). In addition, the Beatles would go on to help lead the hippies in the late 1960s, and thus came to influence the music of that time, folk-pop like The Band (The Band - 1969) and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; (Déjà Vu - 1970), as well as the acid rock of the Jimi Hendrix Experience (Are You Experienced - 1967) and Cream (Disraeli Gears - 1967).

  1. "I Saw Her Standing There" (McCartney/Lennon)
  2. "Misery" (McCartney/Lennon)
  3. "Anna (Go to Him)" (Arthur Alexander)
  4. "Chains" (Goffin/King)
  5. "Boys" (Dixon/Farrell)
  6. "Ask Me Why" (McCartney/Lennon)
  7. "Please Please Me" (McCartney/Lennon)
  8. "Love Me Do" (McCartney/Lennon)
  9. "P.S. I Love You" (McCartney/Lennon)
  10. "Baby It's You" (David/Williams/Bacharach)
  11. "Do You Want to Know a Secret" (McCartney/Lennon)
  12. "A Taste of Honey" (Scott/Marlow)
  13. "There's a Place" (McCartney/Lennon)
  14. "Twist and Shout" (Medley/Russel)

Personnel

Charting singles

Billboard Music Charts (North America)

1964Do You Want To Know A SecretPop SinglesNo. 2
1964Love Me DoPop SinglesNo. 1
1964P.S. I Love YouPop SinglesNo. 10
1964Please Please MePop SinglesNo. 3
1964There's A PlacePop SinglesNo. 74
1966Twist And ShoutThe Billboard Hot 100No. 23

External links

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