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Please Please Me Enhanced, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Enhanced, Original recording remastered, September 8, 2009
Vinyl, Original recording reissued, September 9, 2014
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Within each CD's new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. The newly produced mini-documentaries on the making of each album, directed by Bob Smeaton, are included as QuickTime files on each album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere."
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Whatever else they have done to their manufacturing capability over the past few decades, the British have remained extremely important in terms of audio engineering. Bowers & Wilkins 801s are still damn fine speakers a quarter century after they first appeared. The British masterings of Frank Sinatra's 1950s output simply blow away the American versions. While the American engineers worried about removing hiss, the British engineers went after capturing the music, the comparison to modern digital recording be damned.
What the engineers have done with this album, and I assume the others, is dig as deep as they could into the master tapes and get us as close to the music as possible. Beware that this is not as close as possible to the sound that we heard from our GE or RCA portables. It is what we wish they could have sounded like back then. It is the Beatles reworked for the modern age and, to my mind, very successfully.Read more ›
"Misery" has the rhythm guitar that became part of the Beatles' signature style. At least in the early days. I wonder if Helen Shapiro set fire to her coiffure after turning this great number down--it was originally offered to her.
"Anna (Go To Him)" is an archetypal 60's type ballad originally done by R&B singer Arthur Alexander. Beatles renditions of other Alexander songs appear on the Live At The BBC album.
Their rendition of the Cookies' "Chains" shows they do justice to the works one of America's best songwriters, Carole King and Louise Goffin.
"Boys" is classic rollicking rock and roll and sung by Ringo, and one of two Shirelles numbers done here--the other is the slow and languid "Baby It's You," the song beginning with "Sha la la la la la la."
The centerpiece of this album is the title track, which became the Beatles' first #1 hit on the British charts--it only reached #3 in the U.S. Anyone who wonders why the Beatles made it big need only hear this song. Love that harmonica inbetween the verses!
The "Love Me Do" version here is not the originally recorded single version which reached #17 on the British charts and #1 on the Billboard Singles Chart. Rather, this has Andy White on drums while Ringo is relegated to tapping a tambourine. For the version that hit the single charts, get Past Masters Volume I. I like both versions all the same.
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Eight of these songs are Lennon-McCartney originals, the rest were taken from their live show repertoire. Of the former, "I Saw Her Standing There" is a terrific Little Richard-inspired rocker and "Love Me Do" (their first U.K. single) features some wonderful harmonica by Lennon. Of the latter, Lennon turns in a fine performance on Arthur Alexander's "Anna" and the definitive version of "Twist and Shout"--two minutes and thirty-three seconds of primal rock 'n' roll. [And all done with two guitars, a bass and a drum kit! When was the last time you heard music like THAT on the radio?]
This was the Beatles at their most innocent and arguably their most enthusiastic. This album belongs in any serious music fan's collection. ESSENTIAL
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i always loved the beatles and this gets me the songs that are hard to get from the veejay label (i have the original record in the split cover with beatle pics ... i love ... Read morePublished 2 days ago by retsaM nogarD
I purchased both the stereo and mono versions on vinyl. Much is written online about The Beatles in stereo vs. mono. I ordered the stereo version first. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Rich Davis
For those buying the digital copies off Amazon like I have, here are the file size breakdown, which may be important to know if you are low on memory space on your playback... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Tinfoot
great album--on time as advertised. my only suggestion is when shipping delicate CD's that more protection is put in the packaging. other than that 100% satisfied.Published 19 days ago by Thomas Stewart
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|Love Me Do in Please Please Me LP and Past Masters||
Standard procedure at Abbey Road Studios at the time was to erase the original two-track session tape once it had been "mixed down" to the master tape used to press records. However, at some point the mixdown master tape for this song was also lost, and apparently no backup copies had... Read More
Oct 5, 2009 by Ryan | See all 3 posts
|Please Please Me - First Album??||
Please Please Me was their first album in Britain for EMI records. Meet the Beatles was the first Capitol Album in the US. It took some cuts from the Please Please Me album and their single I Want To Hold Your Hand. It was released almost a year after Please Please Me. SO actually Please Please... Read More
Sep 5, 2009 by Ahab345 | See all 7 posts
|Please Please Me (Remastered stereo) 1:44 to 1:52||
This 'distortion' was really an attempt to fatten up the take used to end the stereo mix by syncing another take to the recording - a very difficult thing to due with the technology of the time. What you should be more surprised to hear in the stereo mix (if all you are used to is mono) is the... Read More
Sep 11, 2009 by Keith Paynter | See all 4 posts
You can find it on "Past Masters".
Oct 10, 2010 by Pamela McNeill | See all 2 posts
|Please Please Me - available in Mono individually?||
The only remastered Beatles CDs that will be sold individually are the stereo versions. If you want the mono versions, you must buy the Beatles in Mono boxed set.
Sep 9, 2009 by bjoecool | See all 5 posts
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