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Please Please Me (1963)

Please Please Me

Buy Please Please Me on CD, on stereo vinyl, on mono vinyl, or on iTunes

After playing German strip clubs and smelly vegetable warehouses for five years, the Beatles entered Studio 2 at Abbey Road and, with session drummer Andy White on drums and Ringo on maracas, recorded their first single, Love Me Do. Encouraged by its modest chart success (it reached #17), they recorded Please Please Me. After doing so, producer George Martin told the band, "Gentlemen, you've just made your first number one," and decided to immediately record an album, which Martin considered calling Off The Beatle Track before the success of Please Please Me. The album was recorded on February 11, 1963 in its entirety in 585 minutes for £400 while John was suffering from a cold and had a sore throat. Please Please Me hung atop the British charts for 30 weeks. The enormous success of the album in Britain landed them their own radio program and numerous TV appearances. The initial 1987 CD release was mono only, and the 2009 remastered edition was issued in stereo while the mono mix was included in the Beatles In Mono box set.

Track list

Side A

  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

Side B

  1. Love Me Do
  2. P. S. I Love You
  3. Baby It's You
  4. Do You Want To Know A Secret
  5. A Taste Of Honey
  6. There's A Place
  7. Twist And Shout

Release history

  • Parlophone PMC 1202 (mono), released March 22, 1963
  • Parlophone PCS 3042 (stereo), released March 22, 1963
  • Parlophone CDP 7 46435 2 (mono CD), released February 26, 1987
  • Mobile Fidelity MFSL 1-101 (vinyl), released January 1987
  • Capitol CLJ 46435 (vinyl), released July 21, 1987
  • Apple 0946 3 82416 2 1 (remastered stereo CD), released September 9, 2009
  • Parlophone PMC 1202 (remastered mono CD), released September 9, 2009 in The Beatles In Mono box set

Other versions

Mono cover

Please Please Me, Mono cover

Back cover, stereo vinyl

Please Please Me, Back cover, stereo vinyl

Netherlands/Sweden '100 years of Recorded Music' cover

Please Please Me, Netherlands/Sweden 100 years of Recorded Music cover

MFSL cover

Please Please Me, MFSL cover

Back cover, original CD

Please Please Me, Back cover, original CD

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