Monday, July 22, 2013

Please Please Me

Released in March of 1963, "Please Please Me" was The Beatles first album released, starting recording sessions in September 11, 1962 and continued to two more sessions on November 26, 1962 and  February 11, 1963 (Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios, London, England). It was mixed on George Harrison's 20th Birthday, February 25, 1963. The Album opened new door ways to musicians around the world, although it wasn't their most successful album, far from it actually, it was The Beatles first of many LP's released.

The album includes the following Tracks:
Side 1:
  1. I Saw Her Standing There -(Lennon-McCartney)
  2. Misery -(Lennon-McCartney)
  3. Anna (Go With Him) -(Lennon-McCartney)
  4. Chains -(Goffin-King)
  5. Boys -(Dixon-Farrell)
  6. Ask Me Why -(Lennon-McCartney)
  7. Please Please Me -(Lennon-McCartney) 
Side 2:
  1. Love Me Do -(Lennon-McCartney)
  2. P.S I Love You -(Lennon-McCartney)
  3. Baby It's You -(Bacharach-David)
  4. Do You Want To Know A Secret -(Lennon-McCartney)
  5. A Taste Of Honey -(Marlow-Scott)
  6. There's A Place (Lennon-McCartney) 
  7. Twist and Shout (Medley-Russell) 
The band has worked hard years in Liverpool and Hamburg, playing hungry nights at The Casbah Club,Hamburg, The Cavern Club to make a name for themselves but found that they were feeling '“stale and cramped” as John said, they just wanted to “get out of Liverpool and break new ground.”. The Beatles released a single "Love Me Do" and reached #17 in the charts with it, but all thanks to their manager Brian Epstein who bought 10,000 copies of it for his record store. The Beatles then recorded a potential second single "Please Please Me" on November 26, 1962, where McCartney and Lennon both agree was written by John “That’s me completely…I remember the day I wrote it.  I remember the pink eyelet down over the bed sitting in one of the bedrooms in my house on Menlove Avenue, my auntie’s place." Lennon says, "“It was my attempt at writing a Roy Orbison song, would you believe it?...I heard Roy Orbison doing ‘Only The Lonely’ on the radio.” John also found inspiration for the song from Bing Crosby's "Please", "“Also, I was always intrigued by the words to a Bing Crosby song that went: ‘Please lend a little ear to my pleas…’  I was intrigued by the double use of the word ‘please.’  So it was a combination of Roy Orbison and Bing Crosby.”

The iconic cover was shot on March 5,1963 by Angus McBean. It was taken in the stairwell of London's EMI offices, they later posed there for their Red and Blue albums ( "The Beatles 1962-1966" and "The Beatles 1967-1970")

The budget for the album was 400 pounds (about 800 American dollars), with each Beatle receiving a union scale pay of 29 pounds.

Please Please Me Fun Facts:
  • The actual title on the cover of this album is Please Please Me with Love Me Do and 12 other songs.
  • This is the  only Beatles album on which the original songs are credited to "McCartney-Lennon"; after wards they would be credited as the more familiar "Lennon-McCartney."
  • The gold and black Parlophone label of the album's initial pressing is one of the more valuable Beatles albums, due to the fact that the label in question was never used again for any other Parlophone albums.

What's your favorite "Please Please Me" Track?
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