Friday, December 16, 2016
Throwback Thursday: Please, Please Me, by The Beatles
The Beatles while they admittedly took years of hard work to get where they got became unarguably overnight sensations when they put out their debut LP Please, Please Me in 1963. You couldn't go anywhere without at least hearing something about that British band that just got huge and was making young girls all over the world wet themselves. Rightly so, because this album was only the beginning for what would be one of the most celebrated careers in all of music history.
Please, Please Me though half covers features quite a few of the band's earliest hits, such as: I Saw Her Standing There, Love Me Do, Twist and Shout, and more. This is early Beatles in its purest form. It is that perfect blend of bubble gum, blues, and rockabilly. You can hear that the band is having a lot of fun playing these songs. You can hear the smiles through the recordings. I've honestly never heard a record that sounded happier overall in more than just the music itself than this one.
I Saw Her Standing There is the epitome of early Beatles awesomeness. The lyrics are definitely not the most profound they ever wrote, but it's just such a fun uptempo song that you don't really care. You're too busy jumping and dancing around with the biggest smile on your face to give a crap. The vocal melody is enchanting and the rhythm is absolutely grooving.Great tune to put on at a wedding or even just a regular party if you feel like putting on a throwback that will get people up and moving.
Twist and Shout is probably one of the most beloved songs from this record. Even if you haven't heard it while watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off you probably still know it as one of the most fun songs to jive to. It is the bubblegummiest of the Beatles' bubblegum era stuff. Supposedly when they recorded it John Lennon had worn out his voice so much and was so sick that he was able to get the vocal tone that he did. It was all done in one take. Needless to say, he did not want to do another. I'm glad he didn't because otherwise we never would have gotten that awesome sound.
While Please, Please Me is nowhere near the pinnacle of The Beatles' accomplishments, it was one hell of a way to start off their career with a bang. It shows them from the very beginning, at their truest roots before they evolved into the politically and socially meaningful mouths of a generation that within only a few years they would become. This is just four mop tops in suits with smiles having a darn good time making some of the best remembered rock n' roll to ever be put to tape.
Please, Please Me, by The Beatles receives 3.75 out of 5 stars.
1. I Saw Her Standing There
3. Anna (Go to Him)
6. Ask Me Why
7. Please Please Me
8. Love Me Do
9. P.S. I Love You
10. Baby It's You
11. Do You Want to Know a Secret?
12. A Taste of Honey
13. There's a Place
14. Twist and Shout
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