The Beatles
Please Please Me


4.5
superb

Review

by Alexd93 USER (12 Reviews)
October 18th, 2010 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1963 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A superb debut by the quintessential rock band

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Please Please Me
Date: March 22, 1963
Genre: Pop/Rock
Label: Parlophone

After the single, “Please Please Me” topped the charts, The Beatles and producer George Martin decided to record all their material at that point and release a full length LP. Named after their chart topping single and recorded in a day, Please Please Me, decades later, remains a fresh and engaging pop album that rushes through its songs with great energy and execution.

Unfortunately, Please Please Me is usually forgotten due to the groundbreaking albums released in later years by the band, but nevertheless it’s a superb debut with the band possessing a certain confidence that just couldn’t be touched by others, and it shows in their diverse selection of covers and their superior originals which hint at just how innovative they are. They show a love of pop, rock, soul, R&B, doo-wop, and country that injects their originals with a nostalgic feeling while maintaining originality. It’s quite impressive how mature and talented The Beatles were at such a young age, but after the rigorous touring and shows performed in Europe and especially Hamburg, Germany, where the bands sets would last for hours on end, it’s not entirely surprising considering the demands those Hamburg clubs put on the band (Some shows, supposedly would last in range of 2 to 8 hours). Hamburg helped make them who they were, developing a tighter sound and improving their live show, making them a band that could play through their live sets with ease and precision.

Obvious highlights of the album are the previously mentioned single “Please Please Me” along with other single “Love Me Do”, both of which Possess powerful harmonica played by Lennon and great vocals from him and McCartney. Other standouts are McCartney’s rocking opener “I Saw Her Standing There” and Lennon’s cover of “Twist and Shout” which was the last song of the sessions to be recorded and feature Lennon’s heroic vocal performance in which by the end his hoarse voice is practically shouting just to finish the song. In a single take it represents the passion and energy The Beatles could exert on their art.

Ringo Starr may have been a fairly new member of the band at the time of recording but it doesn’t matter ‘cause he completes what is possibly the quintessential rock band of all time; John Lennon’s rebellious attitude and smart ass sense of humor; Paul McCartney the greatest pop song writer in history; George Harrison the shy, quiet lead guitarist that possesses a certain level of mystery; and of course Ringo with his poor vocal range, constant smiles, and laidback mentality. Its miraculous how they formed at a time so perfect for success; four good looking, well dressed, cocky, young men with their Scouse accents and matching hair, they were what teenagers had been waiting for and they were generally accepted by the media and parents alike. Thanks to this Please Please Me hit the top of the UK Charts and remained there for thirty weeks until being replaced by the bands follow-up, With the Beatles. All of this was definitely thanks in large part to the bands charm but it wouldn’t have mattered at all had the music not been good, but it was so much more than good, it was superb!

Highlights
I Saw Her Standing There
Please Please Me
Love Me Do
Twist and Shout



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2010


19856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, favorite band



there's a place is so good but so slight that sometimes i forget it, thats sort of how this album is for me



ask me why, ps i love you, saw her standing there, twist and shout, do you want to know a secret also all rule

Alexd93
October 19th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its very underated in my opinion

Alexd93
October 19th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I also think With The Beatles is underrated abit too

Alexd93
October 19th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Go rangers

Alexd93
October 19th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ugh stupid computer

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2010


19856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lmao

Alexd93
October 19th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its not funny! some douchebag is gonna look at this, see that and give me crap about it...if they notice

xfearbefore
October 19th 2010


1968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spiffy review, pos'd. Album is rock and roll perfection.

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kangaroopoo
October 19th 2010


3175 Comments


agree with your highlights and really like P.S. I Love You

Alexd93
October 19th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spiffy? lol i like that word. Thanx for the pos'.



Glad you agree lol

Ire
October 19th 2010


41945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fantastic band but this will always be their weakest album in my opinion.

WhiteNoise
October 19th 2010


3726 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do you want to know a secret has been stuck in my head all week!

Alexd93
October 19th 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Twist and shout has been stuck in my head since the fist time i heard it! that song is just so amazing!!!

JohnXDoesn't
October 21st 2010


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. this is a great album of basic rock n roll and some good ballads



do you want to know a secret is great. love me do with its great harmonica.



i like it

alachlahol
October 21st 2010


7593 Comments


exceedingly simple album, yet so well executed. pretty sure the entire album was written with no more than five chords

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2010


19856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i don't like love me do





a little too simple

KILL
October 21st 2010


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

loooove love me do

Alexd93
October 21st 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^same

KILL
October 21st 2010


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you knoww i love you

Alexd93
October 21st 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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