Please Please Me

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Please Please Me (mono, 1st press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 1st press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (mono, 2nd press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 2nd press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (mono, 3rd press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 3rd press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (mono, 4th press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 4th press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (mono, 5th press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (mono, 5th press, Decca contract) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 5th press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 6th press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, Recording first..., Sold in U.K., tight track list) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 7th press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (mono, 6th press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (mono, 7th press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo) 12" Vinyl 14 Apple Records AP-8675 [none]
Please Please Me (mono, one EMI box) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 8th press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, one EMI box) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (mono, 8th press) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, two EMI boxes, MADE IN GT.BRITAIN at the bottom) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo) 12" Vinyl 14 Apple Records EAS-80550 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, two EMI boxes, MADE IN GT.BRITAIN in the rim text) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo) 12" Vinyl 14 Apple Records 1C 072-04 219
Please Please Me (stereo, two EMI boxes, HIRING in the rim text) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (mono, 1981 reissue) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1201 [none]
Please Please Me (red vinyl) 12" Vinyl 14 Odeon EAS-70130
Please Please Me (stereo, two EMI boxes, RENTING in the rim text, thin font) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo, two EMI boxes, RENTING in the rim text, wide font) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PCS 3042 5099910421918
Please Please Me (MFSL Original Master Recording) 12" Vinyl 14 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-101 [none]
Please Please Me (mono) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46435 2 077774643528
Please Please Me (mono) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46435 2 077774643528
Please Please Me (mono, CD made in W. Germany) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46435 2 077774643528
Please Please Me (mono) CD 14 Odeon CDP 7 46435 2, CP32‐5321 4988006610712
Please Please Me (mono) 12" Vinyl 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CLJ 46435 077774643511
Please Please Me (mono, two EMI boxes) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1202 5099910421918
Please Please Me (mono, made in W‐Germany, SPARS code: AAD) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46435 2 077774643528
Please Please Me (mono, CD made in USA) CD 14 Parlophone CDP 7 46435 2 077774643528
Please Please Me (mono, purple label) 12" Vinyl 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CLJ 46435 077774643511
Please Please Me (mono) CD 14 Apple Records, Parlophone CDP 7 46435 2 077774643528
Please Please Me (mono) CD 14 Apple Records, Parlophone CDP 7 46435 2 077774643528
Please Please Me (mono) CD 14 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone CDP 7 46435 2 077774643528
Please Please Me CD 14 EMI Odeon Brazil 746435 2 077774643528
Please Please Me (mono, two EMI boxes, 1995) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone PMC 1201 0077774643511
Please Please Me (mono, purple label with Apple logo) 12" Vinyl 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) C1 0777 7 46435 1 1 077774643511
Please Please Me CD 14 EMI (double‐boxed EMI logo representing Japanese domestic repertoire from 東芝EMI and EMIミュジック・ジャパン, until the latter’s acquisition by Universal Music Japan in April 2013), Apple Records, Parlophone TOCP-51111 4988006739956
Please Please Me (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 15 Apple Records, Parlophone 0946 3 82416 2 1 094638241621
Please Please Me (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 15 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone 0946 3 82416 2 1 094638241621
Please Please Me (2009 stereo remaster) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone 0094638241614, PCS 3042 094638241614
Please Please Me (2009 stereo remaster) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone 094638241614, PCS 3042 094638241614
Please Please Me (2014 mono remaster) 12" Vinyl 14 Parlophone 5099963379815, PMC 1202 [none]
Bootleg
Please Please Me (MFSL DESS bootleg) CD 14 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems MFSL 1-101 [none]
Please Please Me CD 14 SomeWax (Russian bootleg label) SW103-2 4607016131443
Please Please Me (mono DESS bootleg) CD 14 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems PMC 1202 [none]
Please Please Me (stereo DESS bootleg) CD 14 Dr. Ebbetts Sound Systems PCS 3042 [none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You
Please Please Me / From Me to You
Twist and Shout / There's a Place
included in: The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Box Set
part of: Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 17)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 39)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000649873 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/45362 [info]
Wikidata: Q181826 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beatles:Please_Please_Me_(1963) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/please_please_me/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6jwx [info]

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While neither their best-selling nor most critically celebrated long-player (take your pick from Revolver, Abbey Road, the white album...), Please Please Me marks a vital moment in the career of The Beatles. Their debut album set in motion the wheels that would carry them to the very peak of public recognition, and subsequently into realms of sonic experimentation that would create a template for so much rock and pop music since.

Producer George Martin was, in Paul McCartney's words, unsure of the band's musical abilities when he invited them to Abbey Road to record songs they'd spent months perfecting live. In that environment they regularly shined, but studio experiences were still comparatively alien. What Martin recognised was a focus, a desire for more than their present lot. He listened beyond the music of the moment, hearing a future that these four young men would shape for themselves. The self-contained pop group was born, and quicker than either band or producer envisioned.

The recording of Please Please Me was fast, the band committing ten of these tracks to tape in just a single day - "a straightforward performance of their stage repertoire," was how Martin summarised the sessions. Previously released single tracks and b sides completed the set. Featuring more originals than not, Please Please Me saw the McCartney-Lennon songwriting partnership blossom - from the title track to Love Me Do, There's a Place to I Saw Her Standing There, the collaboration was incredibly productive, and would continue to bear fruit until the group's Let It Be swan song of 1970.

The immediacy that these songs carry remains irresistible, and Please Please Me's lengthy reign at the top of the UK albums chart proved the perfect response to Decca's rebuttal that guitar groups were "on the way out" when the label turned down the opportunity to sign the band. Lennon's vocal on the climactic Twist and Shout is perhaps the most wonderfully loose, ragged-edged element of the entire record, and the essentially 'as live' recording showcases a group with their feet still very much in the clubs and theatres, performance just preceding actual arrangement. Their way with composition is relatively simple; effective, but black and white nonetheless, playing exclusively to recognised strengths.

What followed made The Beatles the inspirational band they're regarded as today. But the grandest oak begins as the tiniest acorn, and Please Please Me is just that: perfectly formed for what it is, and ready to split when promise is realised.