Sunday, September 14, 2008

Album Of The Day #57: PLEASE PLEASE ME - The Beatles

From now on, the albums of the day will be Beatle albums, at least until I finish the official studio catalogue. I've already done Revolver and The Beatles, so you can look through the archives and find them.

Title: Please Please Me
Artist: The Beatles
Label: Parlophone/EMI
Year: 1963
Songs: I Saw Her Standing There/Misery/Anna (Go To Him) [Arthur Alexander]/Chains [Carole King & Gerry Goffin]/Boys [Luther Dixon & Wes Farrell]/Ask Me Why/Please Please Me/Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You/Baby It's You [B. Williams, Burt Bacharach & Hal David]/Do You Want To Know A Secret/A Taste Of Honey [Bobby Scott & Ric Marlow]/There's A Place/Twist And Shout [Bert Russell & Phil Medley]
Written by: Paul McCartney & John Lennon*, except where noted.
Produced by: George Martin
Thoughts: This truly is thirty-two minutes of pure adrenaline. Although it does slow down considerably when the two singles appear stuck in the middle of the proceedings, it doesn't matter. Some of the songs the boys covered are so old, that of course they would age, so if there are any real Beatle albums that haven't aged quite well, it's this one. The covers here of songs that are so obscure today, that many people may think that they are all Beatle originals. Still, you're really going to ask me not to give an album that starts with "I Saw Her Standing There" and ends with "Twist And Shout" anything other than a 10?
Rating: 10/10
*Yes, this is the way it was on the label, back in 1963.

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