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Please Please Me (album)

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Please Please Me
Studio album by The Beatles
Released 22 March 1963
Recorded 11 September and 26 November 1962, 11 and 20 February 1963
Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 32:45
Label Parlophone
Producer George Martin
The Beatles chronology
Please Please Me
With The Beatles
Singles from Please Please Me
  1. "Love Me Do"/"P.S. I Love You"
    Released: 5 October 1962
  2. "Please Please Me"/"Ask Me Why"
    Released: 11 January 1963
  3. "Twist and Shout"/"There's a Place"
    Released: 2 March 1964
  4. "Do You Want to Know a Secret"/"Thank You Girl"
    Released: 23 March 1964
There wasn't a lot of money at Parlophone. I was working to an annual budget of £55,000 and I could spend it however I wished, but I had to produce a certain amount of records a year. So, I wanted t get The Beatles' first album recorded in a day and released very quickly, because once we'd made the first single, my commercial mind told me that I had to have an album out very soon. So I got the boys together and asked them, "'What have you got? What can we record quickly?' They replied by telling me, 'Only the stuff we can do in our act!' I then chose the stuff that would appeal to the kids of the day, things like 'Anna' and 'Chains', and lots of rock and roll standards. We recorded ten titles in one day, starting at 10 o'clock in the morning and finishing at about 11 o'clock at night and completed the album.

—George Martin, All You Need Is Ears, 1979

The first LP we did at 10 o'clock in the morning, just after a night out. We played the stage act right through, and then went home. We sat and talked about it (the recording), recorded the tracks, we went home and they just mixed it. They'd ring us in a couple of weeks, and we would say, 'Is our record ready yet?' It was like putting a film in the chemist.

—Paul McCartney, 19__

Those old records weren't really stereo. They were mono records and they were rechanneled. Some of the stereo is terrible because you've got backing on one side. In fact, when we did the first two albums — at least the first album which was 'Please Please Me,' we did it straight onto a two-track machine. So there wasn't any stereo as such, it was just the voices on one track and the backing on the other.

—George Harrison, Crawdaddy Magazine interview, 1977

Most of their debut album was recorded in a single session on February 11, 1963. It was released on March 22, 1963 and reached the top spot in the British charts. In America it was titled Introducing The Beatles, and released on the little-known Vee Jay label. The US version didn't include 'Please Please Me' or 'Ask Me Why,' and failed to make the charts.

—Steve Turner, A Hard Day's Write, 1994

It wasn't always going to be called Please Please Me. George Martin thought of naming it Off the Beatle Track, and Paul even doodled a few cover ideas before the idea was dropped. (George clearly retained a liking for it however, for on 10 July 1964 he released an orchestral LP of Beatles tracks with that title.

The Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn, p.32, 1988

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