Please Please Me

The Beatles
 
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Please Please Me - LP cover
Please Please Me - Front Cover (Detail)

Label Parlophone
  
Catalogue No.'s PMC 1202 (Mono)
PCS 3042 (Stereo)
CDP 7 46435 2 (C.D.)
  
Matrix No.'s
 A-side B-Side
Mono :XEX 421-1N XEX 422-1N
Stereo:YEX 94-1 YEX 95-1
1982 Mono :XEX 421-3 XEX 422-2
8th Press, Stereo:YEX 94-2 YEX 95-3
  
Release dates 22nd March 1963 (Mono ONLY)
26th April 1963 (Stereo version)
26th February 1987 (CD release)
  
Total time 31:59
  
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :6th April 1963
Highest Position :1 ... for 30 weeks from 11th May 1963 (CONSECUTIVELY !)
Weeks in Chart :
+
+
70
  4 from 7th March 1987 (CD release, reached no.32)
  2 from 13th September 2009 (reached no.38)
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76 weeks in total
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Detail : The Beatles FIRST official L.P. release
For the ONLY time, the mono version was issued 6 weeks BEFORE the stereo version.
This album contained the "A" and "B" sides of their first two singles, plus 10 new songs ALL recorded in one incredible session at Abbey Road. The session cost just 400 and lasted 16 hours.
Just imagine being there.
The album took exactly 6 months to pass the sales figure of 250,000, and went on to sell over half-a-million in the U.K. with world sales of almost two million.
It still holds the record for the longest continuous stay at number 1

The cover photo was taken at EMI's former headquarters at Manchester Sq. by Angus McBean on 5th March 1963.
The building is now demolished and EMI relocated, but allegedly the balcony was removed and stored.
The sleeve notes on the rear cover are by Tony Barrow.
George Martin was a fellow of London Zoo and initially suggested a visual pun and that for the album cover The Beatles should be photographed outside the insect house of the zoo. But the zoo turned down the request and must be kicking themselves ever since for turning down countless years of free publicity.
Also whilst trying to think of catchy names for their first album release, George Martin offered the title, "Off The Beatle Track", but this was bypassed. Mr. Martin clearly liked the name, and used it himself in 1964.

"Misery" was written by Lennon/McCartney for Helen Shapiro. When she turned it down, Kenny Kynch recorded it and became the first artist to cover a Lennon/McCartney song.

In America this album was released under the title, "Introducing The Beatles" on 22nd July 1963, but had two tracks missing. "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why" were omitted ... BUT ... when the album was re-released on 27th January 1964 those tracks were included ... BUT ... "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" were left off !

The album was also part of "The Beatles Collection" 13 album box set (see Beatles Collection).

On 26th February 1987 this album had it's first release on C.D. which was published in Mono(!) with a catalogue number of CDP 7 46435 2
And on the same day, the record shop H.M.V. produced a special 12" numbered 4 CD Box Set Comprising:
Please Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Days Night
Beatles For Sale
+ Bill Harry - "Book Of Beatle Lists" (see Book of Beatle Lists, The)
This set had a catalogue number of BEA CD 25, and was in a limited edition of just 2,500 copies.

The C.D. was also part of "The Beatles Box" 15 C.D. box set (see Beatles C.D. Box).

09/09/09 (Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine) - the album was re-released as part of the Beatles In Stereo Remasters collection.
13th September 2009 it re-entered the chart again at number 38 in the eleventh highest position of SEVENTEEN chart positions The Beatles captured in one amazing week.
         (see the box set detail for the chart position of all 17 titles together)
20th September 2009 - dropped seventeen places down to number 55.
27th September 2009 - dropped out of the Top 100 completely.

Digital Downloads
In 2010 iTunes (a digital download agency) were given access to The Beatles product, which now meant each individual Beatles track was available to download to internet connected devices.
These downloads had to be paid for and the number of sales were permitted to be counted for chart purposes as "singles" (although JPGR doesn't concur with this process).
21st November 2010 - I Saw Her Standing There was listed at number 90
But it is, of course, preposterous to count I Saw Her Standing There as a Beatles single. It wasn't.

Tape Media
The album was also available on 4" reel-to-reel tape,
1963 - Catalogue number TA-PMC 1202 (3¾ ips twin-track mono tape) - first edition (mono only) in a cardboard box.
1968 - Catalogue number TA-PMC 1202 (3¾ ips twin-track mono tape)
                                        TD-PCS 3042 (3¾ ips 4-track stereo) these editions in a "jewel" box.

Prior to 1973:
The album was released on stereo cassette tape (1⅞ ips) - Catalogue number - TC-PCS 3042.
The album was also released on 8-track stereo continuous play cartridge (3¾ ips) - catalogue no. 8X-PCS 3042

In November 1987 the album was again released on cassette tape (mono only !) - Catalogue number - TC-PMC 1202.


Side 1

Track Composer Recording Date and Information Time
I Saw Her Standing There McCartney-Lennon 11th February 1963 in 12 takes
Final mix - takes 9 and 12.
2:52
Misery McCartney-Lennon 11th February 1963 in 11 takes
(The early takes are still amongst my favourite outtakes)
Overdubs 20th February 1963 creating takes 12-16
Final mix - take 16.
1:47
Anna (Go To Him) Alexander 11th February 1963 in 3 takes
Final mix - take 3.
2:54
Chains Goffin-King 11th February 1963 in 4 takes
Final mix - take 1.
2:23
Boys Dixon-Farrell 11th February 1963 in just 1 take
Final mix - take 1.
2:24
Ask Me Why McCartney-Lennon 26th November 1962 in 6 takes
Final mix - take 6.
2:24
Please Please Me McCartney-Lennon 26th November 1962 in 18 takes
(A slower version was recorded 11th September 1962, but erased)
Final mix - mono was one single take, whereas stereo was takes 16/17/18 edited.
2:00

Side 2

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Love Me Do McCartney-Lennon 11th September 1962 in 18 takes, with Andy White on drums
(The version with Ringo was 1 week earlier on the 4th)
Final mix - take 18.
2:19
P.S. I Love You McCartney-Lennon 11th September 1962 in 10 takes, with Andy White on drums, and Ringo on Maracas
Final mix - take 10.
2:02
Baby It's You David-Williams-Bacharach 11th February 1963 in 3 takes
Overdubs 20th February 1963 creating takes 4-6
Final mix - take 5.
2:35
Do You Want To Know A Secret McCartney-Lennon 11th February 1963 in 8 takes
Final mix - take 8.
1:56
A Taste Of Honey Scott-Marlow 11th February 1963 in 7 takes
Final mix - take 7.
2:01
There's A Place McCartney-Lennon 11th February 1963 in 13 takes
Final mix - take 13.
1:49
Twist And Shout Medley-Russell 11th February 1963 in 2 takes
(A second take was attempted, but it is Take 1, raw and complete, on record)
Final mix - take 1.
2:33

Mono/Stereo Differences

"Please Please Me" The stereo version has John making a mistake in the words of the final verse.
John sings "I know I never even try girl" instead of "I know you never even try girl" ... which causes him to chuckle briefly in the final chorus ... these are NOT heard in the mono version.

Released Versions

First pressings (1963)
The soon to be replaced gold lettering on black "Parlophone" label is by far the rarest, with the Mono version worth about 250 and the stereo version five times that !
These first pressings had the six new McCartney/Lennon songs with a publishing credit of "Dick James Music Co.", and the cover was a laminated sleeve with a polythene lined inner sleeve with an advert for "Emitex" cleaning cloths upon them.
Please Please Me - First Pressing (Mono)
Example label - First Pressing (Mono)
Please Please Me - A-side First Pressing (Stereo) Please Please Me - B-side First Pressing (Stereo)
Example label - A-side First Pressing (Stereo) Example label - B-side First Pressing (Stereo)
Second Pressings (1963)
Exactly the same as the above, but the publishing credit had changed to "Northern Songs". These gold/black pressings are equally as valuable as above.
But in saying that, I am led to believe that after the changeover to the Northern Songs credit and before the lettering change as identified in the next pressing, there were fewer of these pressed than the first pressing. I am informed that only 900 were issued.
Please Please Me - A-side Second Pressing (Mono) Please Please Me - B-side Second Pressing (Mono)
Example label - A-side Second Pressing (Mono) Example label - B-side Second Pressing (Mono)
Please Please Me - A-side Second Pressing (Stereo) Please Please Me - B-side Second Pressing (Stereo)
Example label - A-side Second Pressing (Stereo) Example label - B-side Second Pressing (Stereo)
Third Pressings (1963)
The gold lettering is now replaced with a more typical yellow block writing.
The "All rights of the manufacturer" message around the edge of the label starts with "The Parlophone Co. Ltd."
The label does NOT have "Recording first published 1963" or "Sold in the U.K..." statements.
The word "mono" (or stereo) on the front cover is larger than in later editions.
Fourth Pressings (1963)
The standard yellow block writing Parlophone label.
The "All rights of the manufacturer" message around the edge of the label starts with "The Parlophone Co. Ltd."
The label DOES have "Recording first published 1963", but NOT "Sold in the U.K..." statements.
The word "mono" (or stereo) on the front cover is larger than in later editions.
Fifth Pressings (1965)
The standard yellow block writing Parlophone label.
The "All rights of the manufacturer" message around the edge of the label now starts with "The Gramophone Co. Ltd."
The label DOES have "Sold in the U.K..." statement.
The word "mono" (or stereo) on the front cover is smaller.
Sixth Pressings (1969)
The standard yellow block writing Parlophone label.
The "All rights of the manufacturer" message around the edge of the label starts with "The Gramophone Co. Ltd."
The label does NOT have "Sold in the U.K..." statement.
The word "mono" (or stereo) on the front cover is smaller.
Seventh Pressings (1969)
Now with a silver/black Parlophone label.
The "All rights of the manufacturer" message around the edge of the label now starts with "EMI Records Ltd."
The label has one EMI boxed logo.
Eighth Pressings (1973) - Stereo version ONLY
Silver/black Parlophone label.
The "All rights of the manufacturer" message around the edge of the label now starts with "EMI Records Ltd."
The label has TWO EMI boxed logos as can be seen below ...
Please Please Me - Eighth Pressing
Example 8th Pressing label, showing two EMI boxed logo's
Ninth Pressings (1982) - Mono version ONLY
Now with a yellow/black Parlophone label.
The "All rights of the manufacturer" message around the edge of the label now starts with "EMI Records Ltd."
This release is on a lightweight vinyl.
Tenth Pressings (1995) - Mono version ONLY
Now with a Black and Silver Parlophone label.
The sleeve has a printed statement which reads:
"This album has been Direct Metal Mastered From a Digitally Re-mastered Original Tape to give the best possible sound quality"
This release is (surprisingly) on a lightweight vinyl.

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