Please Please Me is the debut album by the English rock band The Beatles. Record company Parlophone released the album on 22 March 1963 in the United Kingdomaccelerated to take advantage of the success of the singles "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do".

Of the fourteen songs, eight were written by Lennon/McCartney , a first clue to what the American music magazine Rolling Stone later called "[their invention of] the idea of the independent rock band that writes its own hits and his own instrument." [1]


 [hide]*1 Studio and recordings

Studio and recording[Edit]Edit

To have the album 14 tracks (Uk 12-inch plates at that time usually had seven songs on each side), there are ten songs had to be added to the four sides of their first two singles, which were recorded and released. Therefore started The Beatles on 11 February 1963 at 10: 00 am with George Martin to the recording of what was actually their live performance of 1963 and that 585 minutes (9 hours and 45 minutes). [2that day they produced in three recording sessions of each about 3 hours an authentic representation of the sound that they previously in The Cavern Club in Liverpool had performed; there didn't need to be reprocessed or hardly anything is mixed in. Martin had initially only two sessions booked, the evening session was only added later. He had considered the album in The Cavern Club with public record, why he on 9 december 1962 had brought a visit to the club to view the technical possibilities. Because of time constraints, however, he decided the recordings in the EMI Studios to take place. Martin said: "the recording was as straightforward as their performances on stage-more or less a broadcast."

The day ended with a private version of "Twist and Shout", which finally had to be included because John Lennon had suffered a bad cold. Martin feared that because of the enormous effort for the song Lennon's voice there the rest of the day would have affected. This number, which in General is seen as a classic, brought Martin to to note: "I don't know how they do it. We have been recording all day, but the longer we continue the better they are. "

Also the song "Hold Me Tight" was recorded during these recording sessions, but it was unnecessary because there are already fourteen songs were to fill the album. The song was recorded again on 12 september 1963 and appeared on the album With the Beatles .

The whole recording session of that day cost about £ 400. "Parlophone did not have much money. I was working with an annual budget of £ 55,000, "said George Martin.Of this budget had to be paid all the artists who were accommodated at Parlophone.

On the basis of an agreement with the musicians ' Union, the Musicians ' Union, each Beatle got a fee of 7 pounds and 10 shillings per recording session of 3 hours.

Martin had initially thought the album to call Off the Beatle Track before it as Please Please Me on Parlophone PCS 3042 appeared.

Please Please Me was recorded on a twin-track BTR (British Tape Recorder), with the tools for the most part on one track and the voices on the other to eventually when mixing the sound in mono on a quarter-inch geluidsband to be able to achieve a better balance between the two. Simultaneously with the Mono version was also mixed the sound in stereo, with one track on the right channel and one track on the left, and in addition, extra reverb added to the two tracks to do better flow together, as was usual at that time.


Nr. Title Sung by Duration
1. I Saw Her Standing There   Paul McCartney 2: 54
2. Misery   Lennon and McCartney 1: 49
3. Anna (Go to Him) (Arthur Alexander) John Lennon 2: 57
4. Chains (Gerry GoffinCarole King) George Harrison 2: 26
5. Boys (Luther DixonWes Farrell) Ringo Starr 2: 27
6. Ask Me Why   Lennon 2: 26
7. Please Please Me   Lennon and McCartney 2: 03
B side
Nr. Title Sung by Duration
1. Love Me Do   McCartney and Lennon 2: 23
2. P.S. I Love You   McCartney 2: 04
3. Baby it's You (Mack DavidBarney WilliamsBurt Bacharach) Lennon 2: 40
4. Do You Want to Know a Secret   Harrison 1: 59
5. A Taste of Honey (Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow) McCartney 2: 03
6. There's a Place   Lennon and McCartney 1: 51
7. Twist and Shout (Phil MedleyBert Russell) Lennon 2: 37



Billboard (North America)
Year Number Chart Listing
1964 "Do You Want to Know a Secret" Pop Singles 2
1964 "I Saw Her Standing There" Pop Singles 14
1964 "Love Me Do" Pop Singles 1
1964 "P.S. I Love You " Pop Singles 10
1964 "Please Please Me" Pop Singles 3
1964 "There's a Place" Pop Singles 74
1964 "Twist and Shout" Pop Singles 2
1986 "Twist and Shout" The Billboard Hot 100 23


Highest chart position
Chart Listing
Disc Weekly 1
Melody Maker 1
Record Retailer 1

Chart Positions[Edit]Edit

The single Twist and shout in the cover version of Salt-n-Pepa in november 1988 reached the top 5 in the Dutch Top 40.

"Please Please Me" in the Dutch Album Top 100 - inside: 19-09-2009
Week 01
Number 89 from

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Please Please Me 1319 - 1920 1609 - 1832 - - 1989 - - - - - -

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