Saturday, July 25, 2009

Please Please Me - The Beatles Debut Album on CD in Remastered Mono & Stereo

By Jackson Weinheimer

March 22, 1963

To really get an understand of how exciting Please Please Me was when it was released in the UK on March 22nd of 1963 you have to think about the kind of music that was being played on the radio at that time. While it may sound quite tame to our ears 46 years later, this was definitely "rock n roll" in '63 and far more "hard" than just about anything else out at the time.

Critical Acclaim

While generally being seen as not as great as their later albums, Please Please Me does have it's fans and it was ranked #39 among the top 500 albums of all time by Rolling Stone in 2003 (which I think, even as a huge Beatles fan, is absolutely, ridiculously way too high)/

They Wrote Their Own Songs

The John Lennon & Paul McCartney songwriting team wrote 8 of the 14 songs on the album. Now it's expected for a rock band to write it's own songs, but in 1963 most of the stuff on the radio was written by others (look up Tin Pan Alley for more info) not the artist themselves.

The Originals

The album included the title track and "I Saw Her Standing There" (the first song on the album) along with their first single "Love Me Do" and "Do You Want To Know A Secret?" which was a #2 hit in the US.

"Please Please Me" & "I Saw Her Standing There" were both included in Rolling Stone magazine's top 500 songs of all time list which was released in 2004. I think these two songs really stand out from the rest. They show the promise of the band yet to come.

The Covers

The three covers that really stand out in my opinion are "Twist & Shout" (obviously) , "Baby It's You," & "Anna (Go to Him)". On the other hand I think "Boys," "Chains," & "A Taste of Honey" are all actually quite bad.

New Remastered Mono & Stereo Versions

On 9/9/9 new remastered versions of both the mono and stereo mixes of Please Please Me will be released. The mono version (the original mix) will only be available as a part of the Beatles Mono Box Set.

Please Please Me is a part of both the stereo & mono Remastered Beatles CD Box Sets. Both box sets are recommended for serious Beatles fans.

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