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Please Please Me
First released: 1963, March 22
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It wasn't always going to be called Please Please Me . George Martin thought of naming it Off the Beatle Track , and Paul even doodled a few cover ideas before the idea was dropped. (George clearly retained a liking for it however, for on 10 July 1964 he released an orchestral LP of Beatles tracks with that title.)
The cover of the LP probed to be a problem, as George Martin recalls. "I was a fellow of London Zoo and, rather stupidly, thought that it would be great to have the Beatles photographed outside the insect house. But the zoo people were very stuffy indeed, premises, quite out of keeping with the good taste of down. I bet they regret it now..."
There were other ideas too, as illustrated on these pages. One was to show the Beatles on the spiral stairwell outside EMI's building in Manchester Square. Another was to show them on the steps of Abbey Road studios, kicking their legs in unison. "Those were the sort of dreadful stock ideas every photographer went in for then," says Martin.
Finally George Martin brought in Angus McBeam, a distinguished photographer whom he had used for comedy LP covers and who has since worked with the royal family. McBean had the Beatles peer down at him over the entrance stairwell inside the Manchester Square building. It was the first of several fresh eye-catching Beatles LP covers.
- Mark Lewishon "The Beatles Recording Sessions"