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Is this really such a strong debut?

Bkeendon’t get me wrong, I like the Beatles, but I don’t think this is as strong a debut as it appeared at the time. There are only three songs on it that I would call really strong: I Saw Her Standing There (of course), Twist And Shout (of course) and Please Please Me. But I think even a big Beatles fan camt see the rest as more than filler.
If the Beatles didn’t have such strong singles in their early days, like She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand, then this album alone would not have been enough to make them famous.

SeanIn the early sixties it was all about singles, not albums, so that is what George Martin focused everything on. I think Beatlemania didn’t begin until their second album came out anyway, is that right? It was when She Loves You was released, which was after this album.

RyanThis album actually tends to be one I listen to more than most of their others, and I would argue quite the contrary to your comment that after those three songs the rest is filler. This album has a ton of energy; it was intended to emulate a live performance. Please Please Me is largely a showcase of what you would have heard had you seen them live at the old Cavern Club. Lots of energy and raw sounds. I love that about this album. On the other hand, there is some excellent musicianship on this album, which definitely doesn’t often get associated much with their early career. I love listening to their harmonies in the early days, before they had sorta found their own direction they wanted to take and they we’re still just doing what they heard other people do–only way better. As for specific songs that you hurt me personally (kidding… slightly) by saying they we’re merely filler: Anna is heavy, heartfelt, and filled with beautiful vocal work. Boys, man that song used to bug me. But it jams! Paul’s bassline in that song is sick. If I’m not mistaken, Love Me Do was their first single they released (it also happens to be my favorite song on the album, although that’s always tough to say when Twist And Shout comes on) so there’s another single for you. I’m always surprised Do You Want To Know A Secret wasn’t a single, it screams pop music and it’s just tasteful as hell.

Battle of opinions.

TrevGreat debut Album as well as the fore mentioned it’s got Misery and There’s A Place which are superb examples harmony and melody.


 
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