Please Please Me • Beatles UK album

UK vinyl album Please Please Me

‘Please Please Me’ UK album – front cover
Front cover
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – back cover
Back cover
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – Parlophone record label
Record label
  • Label: Parlophone PMC 1201 MONO / PCS 3042 STEREO
  • Released: 22nd March 1963
  • Peak position:
    Disc Weekly – #1;
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 30 – from 11th May 1963
  • Weeks in chart: 70 – from 6th April 1963

Side A: I Saw Her Standing There / Misery / Anna (Go To Him) / Chains / Boys / Ask Me Why / Please Please Me
Side B: Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You / Baby It’s You / Do You Want To Know A Secret / A Taste Of Honey / There’s A Place / Twist And Shout

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (3) Alexander, (4) Goffin/King, (5) Dixon/Farrell, (10) David/Williams/Bacharach, (12) Scott/Marlow and (14) Medley/Russell

Total running time: 31.48

The Beatles’ debut LP stayed at the top of the charts for an astonishing 30 weeks (which is still a British record) until it was knocked off by their follow-up – ‘With the Beatles’.

In the early sixties, it was still standard practice for record companies to wait around for a hit single before they risked their money making an album. But when The Beatles’ debut was mooted back in 1962 they still hadn’t got a song inside the Top 10 (‘Love Me Do’ having stalled at #17). George Martin made the decision to save money by cramming the entire recording session into a single day. When their second single then hit No.2 one month later, EMI rushed the album out in double-quick time in an effort to get the kids to buy the same song twice.

George Martin’s original idea was to call …

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Is this really such a strong debut? by Bkeen “don’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... continued.”

UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Please Please Me

‘Please Please Me’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 3042
  • Released: 1970

Side 1: Misery / Chains / P.S. I Love You / Do You Want To Know A Secret / I Saw Her Standing There / Ask Me Why / Baby It’s You

Side 2: Please Please Me / Love Me Do / A Taste Of Honey / There’s A Place / Anna (Go To Him) / Boys / Twist And Shout

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (2) Goffin/King, (7) David/Williams/Bacharach, (10) Scott/Marlow, (12) Alexander, (13) Dixon/Farrell and (14) Medley/Russell

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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Please Please Me

‘Please Please Me’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 3042
  • Released: 1972

Side 1: Misery / Chains / P.S. I Love You / Do You Want To Know A Secret / I Saw Her Standing There / Ask Me Why / Baby It’s You

Side 2: Please Please Me / Love Me Do / A Taste Of Honey / There’s A Place / Anna (Go To Him) / Boys / Twist And Shout

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (2) Goffin/King, (7) David/Williams/Bacharach, (10) Scott/Marlow, (12) Alexander, (13) Dixon/Farrell and (14) Medley/Russell

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UK CD album (Re-release) Please Please Me

‘Please Please Me’ UK album – CD front cover
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‘Please Please Me’ UK album – CD back cover
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‘Please Please Me’ UK album – Parlophone CD label
CD label
  • Label: Parlophone CDP 7 46435 2
  • Released: 26th February 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #32
  • Weeks in chart: 4 – from 7th March 1987

CD: I Saw Her Standing There / Misery / Anna (Go To Him) / Chains / Boys / Ask Me Why / Please Please Me / Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You / Baby It’s You / Do You Want To Know A Secret / A Taste Of Honey / There’s A Place / Twist And Shout

Produced by George Martin

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (3) Alexander, (4) Goffin/King, (5) Dixon/Farrell, (10) David/Williams/Bacharach, (12) Scott/Marlow and (14) Medley/Russell

Total running time: 32.46

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UK remastered CD album (Re-release) Please Please Me

‘Please Please Me’ UK album – CD front cover
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‘Please Please Me’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – CD back cover
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‘Please Please Me’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #38
  • Weeks in chart: 2 – from 13th September 2009

CD: I Saw Her Standing There / Misery / Anna (Go To Him) / Chains / Boys / Ask Me Why / Please Please Me / Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You / Baby It’s You / Do You Want To Know A Secret / A Taste Of Honey / There’s A Place / Twist And Shout / Please Please Me Mini-Documentary

Produced by George Martin. Remastered by Paul Hicks, Steve Rooke and Guy Massey

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (3) Alexander, (4) Goffin/King, (5) Dixon/Farrell, (10) David/Williams/Bacharach, (12) Scott/Marlow and (14) Medley/Russell

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