Please Please Me

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Please Please Me (mono, 1st press)12" Vinyl14
  • GB1963-03-22
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 1st press)12" Vinyl14
  • GB1963-04-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (mono, 2nd press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 2nd press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 3rd press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (mono, 3rd press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (mono, 4th press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 4th press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (mono, 5th press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (mono, 5th press, Decca contract)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 5th press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 6th press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, Recording first..., Sold in U.K., tight track list)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 7th press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (mono, 6th press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me und Andere Knüller12" Vinyl14
Hör ZuSHZE 117[none]
Please Please Me (mono, 7th press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (stereo)12" Vinyl14
  • JP1969-09-10
Apple RecordsAP-8675[none]
Please Please Me (mono, one EMI box)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, one EMI box)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, 8th press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (mono, 8th press)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (Blue print on cassette)Cassette14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)TC ‐ PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, two EMI boxes, MADE IN GT.BRITAIN at the bottom)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (stereo)12" Vinyl14
Apple RecordsEAS-80550[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, two EMI boxes, MADE IN GT.BRITAIN in the rim text)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (stereo)12" Vinyl14
Apple Records1C 072-04 219
Please Please Me (stereo, two EMI boxes, HIRING in the rim text)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (mono, 1981 reissue)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 1201[none]
Please Please Me (mono, red vinyl)12" Vinyl14
  • JP1982-01-21
OdeonEAS-70130[none]
Please Please Me (red vinyl)12" Vinyl14
OdeonEAS-70130[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, two EMI boxes, RENTING in the rim text, thin font)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 3042[none]
Please Please Me (stereo, two EMI boxes, RENTING in the rim text, wide font)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 30425099910421918
Please Please Me (MFSL Original Master Recording)12" Vinyl14
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-101[none]
Please Please Me (mono)CD14
  • XE1987-02-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46435 2077774643528
Please Please Me (mono)CD14
  • GB1987-02-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46435 2077774643528
Please Please Me (mono, CD made in W‐Germany, SPARS code: ADD)CD14
  • US1987-02-26
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46435 2077774643528
Please Please Me (mono)CD14
  • JP1987-02-27
OdeonCDP 7 46435 2, CP32‐53214988006610712
Please Please Me (mono)12" Vinyl14
  • US1987-07-21
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CLJ 46435077774643511
Please Please MeCD14
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46435 2077774643528
Please Please Me (mono, two EMI boxes)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 12025099910421918
Please Please Me (mono, made in W‐Germany, SPARS code: AAD)CD14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46435 2077774643528
Please Please Me (mono, CD made in USA)CD14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46435 2077774643528
Please Please Me (mono, purple label)12" Vinyl14
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CLJ-46435077774643511
Please Please Me (mono)CD14
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46435 2077774643528
Please Please Me (mono)CD14
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46435 2077774643528
Please Please Me (mono)CD14
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46435 2077774643528
Please Please Me (mono)CD14
Apple Records7 46435 2077774643528
Please Please MeCD14
EMI Odeon Brazil746435 2077774643528
Please Please Me (mono, two EMI boxes, 1995)12" Vinyl14
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PMC 12010077774643511
Please Please Me (mono, purple label with Apple logo)12" Vinyl14
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C1 0777 7 46435 1 1077774643511
Please Please MeCD14
  • JP1998-03-11
EMI (double‐boxed EMI logo representing Japanese domestic repertoire from 東芝EMI and EMIミュジック・ジャパン, until the latter’s acquisition by Universal Music Japan in April 2013), Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)TOCP-511114988006739956
Please Please Me (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD16
  • XE2009-09-09
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82416 2 1094638241621
Please Please Me (2009 stereo remaster. "made in the USA" printed on CD.)Enhanced CD15
  • US2009-09-09
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82416 2 1094638241621
Please Please Me (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD14
Apple Records0946 3 82416 2 1094638241621
Please Please Me (2009 stereo remaster)12" Vinyl14
  • XE2012-11-12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0094638241614, PCS 3042094638241614
Please Please Me (2009 stereo remaster)12" Vinyl14
  • US2012-11-13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)094638241614, PCS 3042094638241614
Please Please Me (2014 mono remaster)12" Vinyl14
  • XE2014-09-08
  • GB2014-09-08
  • US2014-09-09
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)5099963379815, PMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (remastered)Digital Media14
  • XW2015-12-24
EMI Catalogue00602547670113
Please Please MeDigital Media15
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602567725275
Bootleg
Die Beatles (Die zentrale Tanzschaffe der weltberühmten Vier aus Liverpool)CD14
Hör ZuSHZE 117[none]
Please Please Me (MFSL DESS bootleg)CD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsMFSL 1-101[none]
Please Please MeCD14
SomeWax (Russian bootleg label)SW103-24607016131443
Please Please Me (mono DESS bootleg)CD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPMC 1202[none]
Please Please Me (stereo DESS bootleg)CD14
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPCS 3042[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You
Please Please Me / From Me to You
Twist and Shout / There’s a Place
included in:Please Please Me / With The Beatles
The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Collection
The Beatles in Mono (2009 mono remasters)
part of:Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 17) (order: 17)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 39) (order: 39)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/45362 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6jwx [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/please_please_me/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000649873 [info]
Wikidata:Q181826 [info]

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While neither their best-selling nor most critically celebrated long-player (take your pick from Revolver, Abbey Road, the white album...), Please Please Me marks a vital moment in the career of The Beatles. Their debut album set in motion the wheels that would carry them to the very peak of public recognition, and subsequently into realms of sonic experimentation that would create a template for so much rock and pop music since.

Producer George Martin was, in Paul McCartney's words, unsure of the band's musical abilities when he invited them to Abbey Road to record songs they'd spent months perfecting live. In that environment they regularly shined, but studio experiences were still comparatively alien. What Martin recognised was a focus, a desire for more than their present lot. He listened beyond the music of the moment, hearing a future that these four young men would shape for themselves. The self-contained pop group was born, and quicker than either band or producer envisioned.

The recording of Please Please Me was fast, the band committing ten of these tracks to tape in just a single day - "a straightforward performance of their stage repertoire," was how Martin summarised the sessions. Previously released single tracks and b sides completed the set. Featuring more originals than not, Please Please Me saw the McCartney-Lennon songwriting partnership blossom - from the title track to Love Me Do, There's a Place to I Saw Her Standing There, the collaboration was incredibly productive, and would continue to bear fruit until the group's Let It Be swan song of 1970.

The immediacy that these songs carry remains irresistible, and Please Please Me's lengthy reign at the top of the UK albums chart proved the perfect response to Decca's rebuttal that guitar groups were "on the way out" when the label turned down the opportunity to sign the band. Lennon's vocal on the climactic Twist and Shout is perhaps the most wonderfully loose, ragged-edged element of the entire record, and the essentially 'as live' recording showcases a group with their feet still very much in the clubs and theatres, performance just preceding actual arrangement. Their way with composition is relatively simple; effective, but black and white nonetheless, playing exclusively to recognised strengths.

What followed made The Beatles the inspirational band they're regarded as today. But the grandest oak begins as the tiniest acorn, and Please Please Me is just that: perfectly formed for what it is, and ready to split when promise is realised.