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Please Please Me
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Please Please Me

First released: 1963, March 22

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Tracks
  1. I Saw Her Standing There (2:56)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, harmony vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  2. Misery (1:50)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
    George Martin - piano
  3. Anna (Go to Him) (2:57)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
  4. Chains (2:27)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, harmonica, harmony vocal
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead vocal, lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  5. Boys (2:27)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - lead vocal, drums
  6. Ask Me Why (2:28)
    Recorded: November 26, 1962 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, harmony vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
  7. Please Please Me (2:04)
    Recorded: November 26, 1962 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmonica
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, harmony vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
  8. Love Me Do (2:22)
    Recorded: September 11, 1962 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmonica
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - acoustic guitar, harmony vocal
    Ringo Starr - tambourine
    Andy White - drums
  9. P.S. I Love You (2:06)
    Recorded: September 11, 1962 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, electrified acoustic guitar
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead electrified acoustic guitar
    Ringo Starr - maracas
    Andy White - drums
  10. Baby It's You (2:38)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
    George Martin - piano
  11. Do You Want to Know a Secret? (2:00)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead vocal, lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  12. A Taste of Honey (2:05)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, harmony vocal
    Paul McCartney - double-tracked lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar, harmony vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
  13. There's a Place (1:53)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmonica
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums
  14. Twist and Shout (2:33)
    Recorded: February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
Credits
Producer: George Martin
Liner Notes: Tony Barrow
Photography: Angus McBean

George Harrison: Vocals, Guitar
John Lennon: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar
Paul McCartney: Vocals, Bass Guitar
Ringo Starr: Drums, Vocals, Maracas, Tambourine

Andy White: Drums
George Martin: Piano
Releases
1963, March 22 Parlophone PMC 1202 / PCS 3042 / CDP 7 46435 2 (UK)
Reviews & comments
Bobber (2012, April 12)
A good start for a carreer full of masterpieces. But this one is not one of those.
Joe (2011, June 2)
Very decent first album. Am I the only person to notice that this album has an oldy-worldy feel that the others didn't have?
Ingemar Andersson (2009, November 10)
According to historian Mark Lewisohn the piano played by George Martin on Misery is added on later.
Luckson E. Mwale (2009, August 12)
Having grown up in the sixties the music that dominated our lives and had profoumd influence was pop music. And without doubt, the fab 4 from Liverpool were the Kings of pop. Those geniuses namely John Lennon, Paul Mc. Cartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star were simply extraordinary !! On non - stop basis, hit after hit would be churned out by the fab 4. Though belatedly, could someone guide me on the following issues : a ) How many hit songs that topped international musical charts be the Beatles ? b) How many international Awards and Honours were bestowed by the Beatles ? c) Could you list the best 5 Bands worldwide in the last half century ? I intend to refresh my mind by acquiring Beatles music and revive Beatlemania at least in my country - Zambia in Central Africa.
Luckson E. Mwale (2009, August 12)
Having grown up in the sixties the music that dominated our lives and had profoumd influence was pop music. And without doubt, the fab 4 from Liverpool were the Kings of pop. Those geniuses namely John Lennon, Paul Mc. Cartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star were simply extraordinary !! On non - stop basis, hit after hit would be churned out by the fab 4. Though belatedly, could someone guide me on the following issues : a ) How many hit songs that topped international musical charts be the Beatles ? b) How many international Awards and Honours were bestowed by the Beatles ? c) Could you list the best 5 Bands worldwide in the last half century ? I intend to refresh my mind by acquiring Beatles music and revive Beatlemania at least in my country - Zambia in Central Africa.
Lauren (2008, April 4)
They are so cute! Their sound is so fresh, chriasmatic, innocent and makes you feel like dancing! Hearing this makes me wish that they could have kept all music like this instead of all this hip-hop crap out now. CLASSIC!
johm cocks (2006, September 27)
In 1963 four lads from liverpool recorded an album at abbey rd which in my opinon changed pop history ,gone were proffessional song writers who sat in office`s writing nice middle class boy meet girl 3 minute singles, THE BEATLES wrote played and sang working class rough and ready rock n roll, 8 of their songs plus songs they had played in hamburg os many times they sound like thier own .Not there greatest album but I SAW HER STANDING THERE is a classic,TWIST AND SHOUT ,BABY ITS YOU, LENNON`S vocals are superb. a small ripple from st johns wood soon became a tidal wave around the world.
Camila (2003, December 26)
Great Album!! But, could be better!! They could have made more songs coming from them Its still marvellous!! Gets one point for making it only in one day!!
All Music Guide (2002, March 8)
Once "Please Please Me" rocketed to number one, the Beatles rushed to deliver a debut album, bashing out Please Please Me in a day. Decades after its release, the album still sounds fresh, precisely because of its intense origins. As the songs rush past, it's easy to get wrapped up in the sound of the record itself without realizing how the album effectively summarizes the band's eclectic influences. Naturally, the influences shine through their covers, all of which are unconventional and illustrate the group's superior taste. There's a love of girl groups, vocal harmonies, sophisticated popcraft, schmaltz, R&B and hard-driving rock & roll, which is enough to make Please Please Me impressive, but what makes it astonishing is how these elements converge in the originals. "I Saw Here Standing There" is one of their best rockers, yet it has surprising harmonies and melodic progressions. "Misery" and "There's a Place" grow out of the girl group tradition without being tied to it. A few of their originals, such as "Do You Want to Know a Secret" and the pleasantly light "PS I Love You," have dated slightly, but endearingly so, since they're infused with cheerful innocence and enthusiasm. And there is an innocence to Please Please Me. The Beatles may have played notoriously rough dives in Hamburg, but the only way you could tell that on their first album was how the constant gigging turned the group into a tight, professional band that could run through their set list at the drop of a hat with boundless energy. It's no surprise that Lennon had shouted himself hoarse by the end of the session, barely getting through "Twist and Shout," the most famous single-take in rock history. He simply got caught up in the music, just like generations of listeners did. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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