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The Early Beatles
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The Early Beatles

First released: 1965, March 22

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Tracks
  1. 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
  2. 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
  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. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  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
Credits
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

George Harrison: Vocals, Guitar, Lead electrified acoustic guitar
John Lennon: Vocals, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica, Electrified acoustic guitar
Paul McCartney: Vocals, Bass Guitar, Piano
Ringo Starr: Drums, Vocals, Tambourine, Maracas

George Martin: Piano (Baby It's You)
Andy White: Drums (Love Me Do, P.S. I Love You)
Releases
1965, March 22 Capitol ST-2309 (US)
Reviews & comments
Lash (2012, July 29)
Basically this is the Veejay release "Introducing the Beatles", both the original version of Jan '64 and the revised version released one moth later...14 tracks) minus "There's a Place", "Misery", and "I Saw Her Standing There" (all released earlier on both versions of Introducing...)
Jimmy C. (2003, July 21)
This is basically Please Please Me lite. Only 11 songs out of the 14 were included. I Saw Her Standing There had already been released on the Meet the Beatles, and thus was not on here. However, There's a Place and Misery would not be put out on any U.S. album, only as B-sides of Twist and Shout and Roll Over Beethoven, respectively. There are only five originals, plus Twist and Shout and 5 unnecessary covers, like Baby, It's You. Interestingly, the voices and instruments are split into different speakers on most songs, creating a karaoke effect, but with a nasty echo. Good for a first album, only it wasn't the first album when it was issued in '65. PPM is the better album, by far, though.
? (2003, May 18)
With a rearranged tracking order and both Please Please Me and Love Me Do, this album is much better than Introducing the Beatles, but three of PPM's best songs (I Saw Her Standing There, Misery and There's A Place) aren't here, so points docked for that. I'd give PPM an eight, while this butchered version would receive a 6.5/10.
All Music Guide (2002, April 28)
Capitol acquired the rights to the Beatles material on which it had passed in 1963, and so issued this album, which consists of 11 of the 14 tracks from Please Please Me. — William Ruhlmann

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