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‘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
‘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
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 3042
  • Released: 1972
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘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
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Please Please Me’ UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘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
Average rating   from 3 reviews
2-star review  from  Dominic

Along with Yellow Submarine, this is probably the only Beatles album that I never bother listening to, which is a shame because it’s got some good songs on it. Songs like "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist And Shout" are some of the best songs from the early part of their career, but some of the other songs on the LP just sound dated.

The Beatles usually never sound dated, but "Misery", "Anna (Go To Him)" and "Do You Want To Know A Secret" sound like what they are – kids pop from the 60s.

I often see reviewers praise songs like "There’s A Place" for their lyrics, but that rescue it from being a dirge like tune that you only want to listen to once.

Real Beatles fans will want to listen to the album just to see how it all started, but the rest of the world will give it a miss and be none the poorer for it.

5-star review  from  Chris

This early sound cant be beat! Every time I listen to this LP I feel like I am in the studio with them. There is so much energy - the energy of the Beatles youth in this album. Yes, there are only 8 original songs, but the covers are done so well.

3-star review  from  Doug

How do you review an album? Do you judge it next to what is around now, and what came next, or do you try and imagine that you are back in 1963?

If we are back in 1963 then okay, I would give this a higher mark. I am a big fan of 60s music but 1963 was still pretty early in the decade and some of the stuff is really twee. This was really were it all began, so you can imagine that what the Beatles offered was something pretty special.

But if you try and rate this album next to what they did in the next 7 years then it comes pretty low down the list.
I don’t think anybody will disagree when I say that Love Me Do is not one of their better songs, but it tells you something when you see that George Martin has included it here, after it had already failed to set the charts alight. That tells you about the quality of material that they had at that time. There couldn’t have been much depth. If you take I Saw Her Standing There out, which is obviously a classic, and Please Please Me too , which owes 50% of its brilliance to George Martin for speeding it up, then what is left?

Sure, they do some good covers (especially Twist And Shout, which is an all-time classic) but after that the well runs dry.

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