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One of the Great Debuts,
This review is from: Please Please Me (Audio CD)
So, it all started here: the best band in the business, the best songwriters and the best series of pop/rock albums ever.
While the record has its share of less memorable songs (I can't stand PS I Love You) it has a freshness, energy and sheer feeling which you can still get from it at the umpteenth hearing.
There are some tough edges from the Hamburg days, in particular, George's guitar playing and John's singing on Twist and Shout, but the album is much more refined that the Hamburg tapes which were (badly) recorded a few months before this LP.
From I Saw Her Standing There - one of the all time best album openers - to John's attack to Twist and Shout, the album is a treat. It shows The Beatles' love for covering great songs (Baby It's You,Chains, Twist and Shout) and their rapidly developing songwriting (Please Please Me, There's a Place).
The sound, as with all the band's early records, is a bit strange in stereo, with the instruments basically out of one channel and the vocals from the other. The CD age didn't do the record many favours, either, with a less 'warm' presence than my old mono LPs and the clarity of the sound drawing on'e attention to the odd fluff. But then, it was recorded in just a few hours.
Not their 'best album', but essential.