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Please Please Me by The Beatles ranked # 39 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.
Please Please Me was the title of the Beatles' first album. The album
was released on March 22, 1963 in the United Kingdom, due 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" and "Please
Please Me"/"Ask Me Why"). The former was a moderate success, due in
part to their manager's record store buying a large volume of the
single. The latter, however, as Martin pronounced after they finished
recording the song, was their first number one hit in the UK.
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 the United States; some didn't become hits until the LP was re-
released two years later.
The most remarkable thing about this album was that it was recorded
in just fifteen hours on February 11, 1963, except for "Love Me Do"
and "P.S. I Love You" and "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why". Some
of the tracks on the album were not actually composed by the group,
but were covers of rock standards of the time and are interesting for
the insight they give into the band's own tastes in music.
Please Please Me was recorded on a two-track recorder at Abbey Road
Studios, released originally in mono and then stereo. The stereo
version has never been released except on vinyl.
- I Saw Her Standing There
- Anna (Go To Him)
- Ask Me Why
- Please Please Me
- Love Me Do
- P.S. I Love You
- Baby It's You
- Do You Want To Know A Secret
- A Taste Of Honey
- There's A Place
- Twist And Shout
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