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‘Twist And Shout’ UK EP – front cover
Front cover
‘Twist And Shout’ UK EP – back cover
Back cover
‘Twist And Shout’ UK EP – Parlophone record label
Record label
  • Label: Parlophone GEP 8882 MONO
  • Released: 17th July 1963
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 21 – ten weeks from 27th July 1963, and eleven weeks from 23rd November 1963
  • Weeks in chart: 64 – from 20th July 1963
  • Label: Parlophone CDGEP 8882
  • Released: 15th June 1992
5-star review  from  Dominic

What can you say about this EP? It’s just wonderful. Already so early in their career the Boys we’re showing how versatile they we’re with four very diffferent styles of song all lifted directly from their first long player Please Please Me. LPs we’re very expensive though for a teen market with limited spending power. So why not lift off four of the best songs and sell them for less than the price of two singles.

Do You Want To Know A Secret, given to George to sing here, would be a chart topper in its own right for Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas while the title track would see Brian Poole & The Tremeloes go head to head in the charts with the Fabs with their own version of the Isley Brothers classic. Ironically, rumour has it that Decca executive Alan Rowe turned down The Beatles in favour of the local East London group and I bet George Martin and EMI have been grateful ever since.

This is a marvelous little compact album and along with Long Tall Sally one of the two Beatles EPs you definately should own; in fact you should own all of them. You just need a Dansette to play it on to complete the experience and its back to 1963! Pre the assanation of JFK, pre Doctor Who, pre decimal currency and the Euro, no 24 hour pop radio in the UK and only two black & white televsion channels that went off air in the afternoon and again before midnight. Happy Days Smiling face

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