Friday, 22 March 2013

Recalling 1963: The Beatles - Please Please Me (Parlophone,1963)

It was 50 years ago today Parlophone records released The Beatles debut album Please, Please Me.

Perhaps not recognised as their greatest album, it was a landmark, it contains 14 tracks, 8 composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the other six, favourites from the boys live repertoire including Baby It's You, Boys, Anna, Chains, A Taste Of Honey and John Lennon's throat blistering rendition of Twist and Shout.

Four Lennon-McCartney compositions Love Me Do, PS I Love You, Please Please Me and Ask Me Why (credited McCartney-Lennon for the only time ever on a Beatles album) made up the first four sides of their two singles.

Two further songs written by John and Paul would be given away to other artists including Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas (Do You Want To Know A Secret) and Kenny Lynch (Misery). I Saw Her Standing There, the album opener is almost as recognisable from McCartneys vocal count in as it is for George Harrison's iconic guitar solo while John's There's A Place is Lennon's first recorded venture into thought provoking lyrics.

The art of The Beatles debut album goes a little beyond its music, there's also the iconic photo of the four Beatles, Ringo, Paul, George and John looking over the stairwell of EMI studios, their fresh faced smiles looking into the lens of cameraman Angus McBean.

The world of popular music was about to change forever, and not even The Beatles would realise how much.


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