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Please Please Me Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002UA9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 178 customer reviews
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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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Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, England. "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" were recorded in September 1962. The other 12 tracks were recorded on February 11, 1963 ("Twist And Shout" was the last song to be recorded). Includes liner notes by Tony Barrow. Recorded in between a cup of tea and a cigarette, this album is raw yet dazzling. Here were four lads, highly experienced on stage, but with little or no idea of what a recording studio was like. They were subtly marshalled by the much-respected George Martin to deliver an entire album that was exactly what the fans wanted, but was still a surprise. Things were never as simple as this again, yet the genius is there. Examples are Lennon's unmatchable rasping on "Twist And Shout," McCartney's graceful ease in singing "I Saw Her Standing There," Harrison's sparse but definite Gretsch chords, and Starr's ace vocal on "Boys." EMI. 2005.

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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I have reviewed the entire UK original Beatle catalog with the purpose of providing readers with a practical review of each recording. Please, Please Me the group's 1st official L.P. has a raw, fresh, and spontaneous sound, but most important it was very unique and a very challenging sound to all listeners. From the famous count of 1,2,3,4...which introduces I Saw Her Standing There to Twist & Shouts, the strength, the rhythm, the beat, the vocals and the delivery of the Beatles was very different from what was being heard at the time. This album has more to do with a collection item and pop classic album than with the contemporary music. Its value is found in that it was composed and recorded before many of the 60's landmark music: "Satisfaction", "You Really Got Me", "Mr. Tambourine Man", "My Generation", or "Good Vibrations". Recorded all in one day, Lennon and Mc Cartney presented producer George Martin with their best songs so far, and took a test on each take to have then in or out of the album. I remember that original version of Please, Please Me ("a la Roy Orbison") almost was excluded from the album as Mr. Martin preferred the "fab four" to do a cover version of "How Do You Do It". Fortunately, after speeding up the tempo of Please, Please Me they went for the John and Paul composition. In conclusion, the album witnesses the Beatles strength and effort to record their material with George Martin who gave them their first opportunity. For the young generation interested in finding out where the 60's music comes from and how did it begin, this album is a great place to start. To compare play early Beach Boys stuff, Dylan's first LP, or any of the pioneers of Rock & Roll (C.Read more ›
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Please Please Me was the magnificent beginning to the recording career of possibly the greatest, and certainly the most culturally important, rock n' roll band of all time. Released in 1963, just as Lennon and McCartney were hitting their strides as songwriters, the album includes several early classic Beatles compositions, as well as a few covers that seemed to be the idea of a not quite convinced George Martin. The album rarely falters, from the thrilling opening (1-2-3-4) sung by Paul on I Saw Her Standing There through to John's equally exciting rendering of Twist & Shout, the best Beatles cover ever. In between are the band's first two singles - Love Me Do and the much better Please Please Me - and great performances on Misery, Ask Me Why, P.S. I Love You, There's a Place, and especially Do You Want to Know A Secret? The weakest tracks are the other covers - Anna, Chains, Boys, A Taste of Honey, and Baby It's You - though most are redeemed by stellar vocals by Lennon and McCartney. The Beatles were about to become huge, and not necessarily for all the right reasons, but Please Please Me offered enough evidence that the band's popularity would not be based on hype alone. John and Paul were already great vocalists and would soon develop into two of the greatest writers in the history of rock n' roll. Those who listened to this album back in 1963 heard something fresh that had been missing from music for a long while. In particular they heard a band that was fronted by two singers as good as Elvis, two writers as good as Chuck Berry, and that played as if it was having a great time playing.
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"Please Please Me" may be eclipsed by the Beatles later efforts, but their debut is a fine one. They had been gigging for a good few years with material, so it's no surprise they were confident and tight enough to blast out most of this album in less than ten hours. What this results in is a very energetic and consistent album. Due to this, it all flies by in an incredible rush that makes it easy to ignore just how great the music is. The covers are all very well chosen and perfectly sum up the group's influences, but what is most surprising is that their originals are just as good as anything the artists they covered could have cooked up. This results in a very smooth flow of consistently high-quality pop rock. "I Saw Her Standing There" is a great attention-getter, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the track they opened their club gigs with (indeed, the "one two three four!" shout of Paul McCartney is one of the most recognizable album introductions ever). "Misery" and "Ask Me Why" recall their favorite girl groups, the title track could have been written for Roy Orbison, and "Twist and Shout" is a screaming end to the album. Oh, sure, some of the material has aged ("P.S. I Love You", for example), but with grace and charm. Even if the Beatles made many better records than this, it still stands its ground as a classic debut and a great, great pop album.
~ John Ballantyne
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PLEASE PLEASE ME was a formulaic release in 1963. Band scores a hit single, record company orders a quick album built around that song. We all know by now that The Beatles recorded their debut in a day. However, this is no rush job. The performances are vibrant. Their singing -- The Beatles' greatest strength next to their songwriting -- shine on almost every track. The band (playing live in the studio) is exciting and focussed. This is a band on a mission.
I Saw Her Standing There still rocks with Paul's exciting "1, 2, 3, four!" count-in, and Twist and Shouts demands to be played LOUD on every sound system in the world. Though the singles, Please Please Me, Ask Me Why, Misery and P.S. I Love You are good tunes, other Lennon/McCartney originals, There's A Place and even Love Me Do are weaker efforts that only hint at something better. Do You Want To Know A Secret? is merely a ditty that George tries to sing in his thick Scouse accent.
Half the album is awarded to cover versions. The best are the window-rattling Twist and Shout and the genteel Taste of Honey. However, there were better choices in the Beatles' live repetoire besides Chains and Boys. Why not Too Much Monkey Business or Soldier of Love?
Taken for what it is, this is a good album announcing the talents of a band that in three short years will produce the greatest album of all time, Revolver.
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