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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beetles Released their First Album This Date 1963

The first Beetles Album was released on March 22 1963 It was recorded in a day and stayed for 30 weeks at the top of the charts.

A bit of trivia about the Groups first LP:

George Martin’s initial intent was to record The Beatles live at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for their first album, but technical difficulties prevented this.

The record was initially going to be called Off the Beatle Track, but the success of the Please Please Me single caused the change to be made.

For the album cover shot, it was suggested that The Beatles be pictured in front of the insect house at London Zoo, but permission was not granted. Instead, photographer Angus McBean posed them for the iconic shot at EMI’s offices in Manchester Square, London.

The original vinyl release of Please Please Me is the only Beatles album where the original songs are credited to “McCartney-Lennon”. Afterwards, including on CD releases of the same album, the songs are attributed to “Lennon-McCartney”.

The album cost just £400 to record - £10,000 in today’s money. The Beatles were paid the standard Musicians’ Union rate, £7 10s, for each of the three three-hour sessions in the day.

Please Please Me was not released in America until The Beatles' catalogue was standardised for CD, in 1987. Most of its tracks were released in the US by Vee-Jay on an album called Introducing …The Beatles in January 1964.

In his poem Annus Mirabilis, Philip Larkin would later suggest that “Sexual intercourse began/In nineteen sixty-three/(which was rather late for me) -/Between the end of the Chatterley ban/And the Beatles' first LP.”

Rolling Stone ranked Please Please Me at No.39 in their “500 Greatest Albums” list in 2012, while two of its songs – I Saw Her Standing There and the title track – were included in the same magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” chart.

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