lördag 11 juni 2016

The Beatles - Please Please Me (1st UK Album, Released: 29 March in Stereo 1963) (SHM-CD)


300:- (SHM-CD Limited Remaster Edition. Original "Flipback" konvololut. Ett tjockt informativt häfte i färg på engelska samt det ordinarie för japanska kunder. Original "Gold" Parlophone Label + innerpåse. Mycket välgjord utgåva i Stereo.)

Please Please Me is the debut album by the English rock band the Beatles. Parlophone rush-released the album on 22 March 1963 in the United Kingdom to capitalise on the success of the singles "Please Please Me" (No. 1 on most lists but only No. 2 on Record Retailer) and "Love Me Do" (No. 17).

Of the album's 14 songs, eight were written by Lennon–McCartney (originally credited "McCartney–Lennon"), early evidence of what Rolling Stone later called  the idea of the self-contained rock band, writing their own hits and playing their own instruments. 

Recording: In order for the album to contain 14 songs (the norm for British 12" vinyl pop albums at that time was to have seven songs on each side, while American albums usually had only five or six songs per side), 10 more tracks were needed to add to the four sides of their first two singles recorded and released previously. Therefore, at 10:00 am on Monday, 11 February 1963, the Beatles and George Martin began recording essentially their live act in 1963 and finished at 10:45 pm—less than 13 hours later. 

In three sessions that day (each lasting approximately three hours) they produced an authentic representation of the band's Cavern Club-era sound, with only a few minor overdubs and edits. Optimistically, only two sessions were originally booked by Martin and the evening session was an afterthought. Mark Lewisohn would later write: "There can scarcely have been 585 more productive minutes in the history of recorded music" Martin overdubbed the piano on "Misery" on 20 February and celesta on "Baby It's You" five days later.

Martin had initially contemplated recording the album live at the Cavern in front of the group's home audience and visited the Liverpool club to consider the technicalities on 9 December 1962—or, as more recent scholarship indicates, on 12 December 1962. 


But when time constraints intervened, he decided to book them at EMI Studios in Abbey Road instead and record them virtually live. Martin said, "It was a straightforward performance of their stage repertoire—a broadcast, more or less."

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, captured on the first take, 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."

The song "Hold Me Tight" was recorded during these sessions, but was "surplus to requirements" and not included on the album. "Hold Me Tight" was recorded again on 12 September 1963 for With the Beatles.


The whole day's session cost around £400 (£10,000 as of 2015). George Martin said: "There wasn't a lot of money at Parlophone. I was working to an annual budget of £55,000." This budget had to cover all of the artists on Martin's roster. Individually, under a contract with the Musicians' Union, each Beatle collected a £7 10s (£7.50) session fee for each three-hour session.

Martin considered calling the album Off the Beatle Track before Please Please Me was released on Parlophone PCS 3042. The album was recorded on a two-track BTR reel-to-reel tape deck, 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 quarter-inch tape mix-down in mono.[ A stereo mix was made at the same time as the mono mix, with one track on the left channel and the other on the right, as well as an added layer of reverb to better blend the two tracks together. This was common practice for mixing stereo albums at the time.


Please Please Me was released as a mono LP album on the Parlophone label in the UK on 22 March 1963, and has remained on UK catalogue continuously since 1963. The stereo version was released on 26 April, over a month after the mono version.

George Martin was an honorary fellow of the Zoological Society of London, which owns the London Zoo. Martin 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 society 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 in Manchester Square. Martin was to write later: "We rang up the legendary theatre photographer Angus McBean, and bingo, he came round and did it there and then. 

It was done in an almighty rush, like the music. Thereafter, though, the Beatles' own creativity came bursting to the fore." In 1969, the Beatles asked McBean to recreate this shot. Although the 1969 photograph was originally intended for the then-planned 

Get Back album, it was not used when that project saw eventual release in 1970 as Let It Be. Instead, the 1969 photograph, along with an unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot, was used in 1973 for the Beatles' retrospective albums 1962–1966 and 1967–1970. Another unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot was used for The Beatles (No. 1) (also released in 1963).

01. "I Saw Her Standing There" McCartney 02:54
02. "Misery" Lennon and McCartney 01:50
03. "Anna (Go to Him)" (Arthur Alexander) Lennon 02:55
04. "Chains" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) George Harrison 02:23
05. "Boys" (Luther Dixon, Wes Farrell) Ringo Starr 02:24
06. "Ask Me Why" Lennon 02:24
07. "Please Please Me" Lennon and McCartney 01:59
08. "Love Me Do" Lennon and McCartney 02:23
09. "P.S. I Love You" McCartney 02:04
10. "Baby It's You" (Mack David, Barney Williams, Burt Bacharach) Lennon 02:40
11. "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" Harrison 01:59
12. "A Taste of Honey" (Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow) McCartney 02:03
13. "There's a Place" Lennon and McCartney 01:51
14. "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley, Bert Russell) Lennon 02:32