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Please Please Me [Original recording remastered]

The Beatles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Oct 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • ASIN: B000002UA9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Saw Her Standing There
2. Misery
3. Anna (Go to Him)
4. Chains
5. Boys
6. Ask Me Why
7. Please Please Me
8. Love Me Do
9. P.S. I Love You
10. Baby It's You
11. Do You Want to Know a Secret
12. A Taste of Honey
13. There's a Place
14. Twist and Shout

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Their first-ever album, Please Please Me is raw and rough and still very rock & roll. Having already scored two hits when this appeared, Lennon and McCartney were only just beginning to flex their writing muscles and so relied heavily on the cover material to see them through. Their insecurity about their own abilities seems curious in hindsight since they'd pulled the title song and "I Saw Her Standing There" (with thanks to Little Richard) out of their hats. But they were an unknown quantity, still to launch a million bands and take pop music to places it had never dreamed off. A small step for four men, a giant leap for music. --Chris Nickson

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THE BEATLES Please Please Me (1993 Dutch CD issue of the classic 14-track album includes I Saw Her Standing There Twist & Shout Love me Do and more)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the revolution so began 30 July 2011
By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
John Lennon first met Paul McCartney in July 1957, so the Beatles' debut album is the culmination of about 5 years of hard work - mainly gigging in the Northwest of England and Hamburg. Debut albums are often notoriously good as they have fermented for so long. The Beatles, of course, went from strength to strength in subsequent releases. It's hard to imagine that this record is almost 50 years old at my time of writing. It was created with very primitive sound recording technology (compared to today) and at a time when record producers wore a shirt and tie to work. It also only cost 400 to make. How times change. It's also hard to imagine that in 5 years these same guys would evolve from tracks like 'Love Me Do' and 'PS. I Love You' to songs like 'A Day in the Life' and 'I Am The Walrus.'

The key to the Beatles' songwriting is in their use of 3 key words: "I", "ME" and "YOU". Listen to their songs and note how often these 3 words constantly occur, particularly in the first half of their recording career.

As for the album - it has 14 tracks (8 Lennon/McCartney songs and 6 cover version), the majority of which were recorded in a single day at Abbey Road Studios in London. No track exceeds 3 minutes in duration and the total running time of the 14 songs is 32.27 mins. The fact that there are any original songs on 'Please Please Me' was revolutionary in itself. This was the time when 'A&R' really meant matching Artistes (performers) with Repertoire (from songwriters). The Beatles were self-contained and could write their own material. This is something that we now take for granted.
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92 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic which reshaped history 11 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Why would you need to read a review of a Beatles' album? If you've been a fan for many years, you know exactly what you want and exactly what you're getting. If you're coming to them new, do you really want a potted history of this particular recording, locating its place in the band's development?
I don't listen to Beatles music for a cerebral or spiritual experience, nor to be able to impress anyone with the fact that I can pinpoint when and where they recorded that track - George was recovering from an in-growing toenail, Ringo had just bought a new set of drumsticks. I listen to the Beatles for the emotions I've nurtured over forty years of more. So can I convince you that my passion for a particular album or track will parallel yours? Of course not!
For me, the excitement generated by the Beatles is something I grew up with. I was thirteen when they had their first hit. The first records I ever bought were by the Beatles. I joined the Fan Club. I covered my walls in photos. I was threatened with expulsion from school because of the length of my hair. I even managed, as a teenager in a small Scottish town, to obtain copies of 'Merseybeat' - the Liverpool music paper. It says something about the dynamism of the 60's that Liverpool could have its own music paper (this was way before desktop publishing, the Internet, etc.).
"Please Please Me" was released in March, 1963, and was the Beatles first album ("With the Beatles" would follow). Inspired by the title song reaching number one in the charts, the LP was famously based on their current stage act - compare and contrast these studio recordings with the live version available on the unofficial, "Live at the Star Club" offerings.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut shows rock'n'roll roots 27 Dec 2003
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Judged by the standards they set in the mid-sixties, this is not a great Beatles album, yet it is far superior to anything most of their rivals could ever hope to achieve. As such, it (like all Beatles albums) comfortably deserves five stars.
Like all the early Beatles albums, this one contains several covers – six in this case. The three best are Baby it's you (Shirelles), Twist and shout (Isley brothers) and A taste of honey. Twist and shout became a UK top ten hit for Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, the group that Decca signed in preference to the Beatles.
The album's title track became the first major Beatles hit. The chart that is now generally regarded as the standard UK chart (and published in the Guinness book of British hit singles) registers a peak position of 2, but back in the early sixties there were three other charts and all of those gave a peak position of 1. No chart was regarded then as being more reliable than the others, so most connoisseurs regard Please please me as the first Beatles chart-topper.
Three of the other seven originals stand out. I saw her standing there opens the album and was presumably considered for singles release. Do you want to know a secret was covered by Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas and provided them with their first major pop hit. Love me do was the debut single for the Beatles, making the UK top twenty at the time, though it would make the top five when re-released in the eighties.
This is not the best place to begin a Beatles collection but it is a great album in its own way and is required listening for all true Beatles fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the real thing!
Outstanding value, I paid 2.99 for the album. Thought it was a copy by a tribute band, but no.

I had the original uk album many years ago and think the track listings... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Bookie
5.0 out of 5 stars just gotta love it and admire their genious talents
What is there to say? Early Beatles, just gotta love it and admire their genious talents.
Published 3 days ago by Mogens H. Soerensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Please please
I think I've already sent you my view on this item . the CD of the Beatles isn't too bad I liked the other one A hard Day's night but still I'm pleased thankyou
Published 1 month ago by Diane May
5.0 out of 5 stars 'THEY RE-INVENTED THE POP-SCENE FOR ALL-TIME'
After a adjustment in the line-up the 'Fab-Four' emerged as we remember them
today in 1960 'John Lennon' 'Paul McCartney' 'George Harrison' 'Ringo Starr'
Between 1963... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles Memories
Having visited the Cavern (Liverpool) and attended a Beatles tribute theatre concert I was keen to keep the memories alive, Brilliant CD's!
Published 1 month ago by DUNDAS45
4.0 out of 5 stars Rushed Out Album - But Still Outstanding
An album that was rushed out to co-incide with the success of Please Please Me and Love Me Do, so the real question is how does it stand as an album? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful!
Wow! Such joyful infectious music. No other album I know blends notes, chords, melodies, rhythms, words, and attitude to exude such light and enjoyment.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. William Mcdonald Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Beatles LP
I would like to recommend this item to anybody who likes music from their childhood,& like the recentBBC documentary which recorded the songs sung by various modern artists in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael O'Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatled start world domination.
Nice bit of pop history, well worth having in your collection,all recorded in one studio session, Lennon,s voice is unbelievable.
Published 2 months ago by Arthur Butterfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It just takes you back to the era although some of songs are not Lennon and Mccartney it doesnt matter
Published 3 months ago by pete haire
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