22 March, 1963 - The Mono Version Of The LP `Please Please Me' Was Released In The UK

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That record tried to capture us live and was the nearest thing to what we might have sounded like to the audiences in Hamburg and Liverpool. Still, you don’t get that live atmosphere of the crowd stomping on the beat with you; but it’s the nearest you can get to knowing what we sounded like before we became the ‘clever’ Beatles.


With ten of the album's tracks recorded in just one day, Please Please Me was rush-released by Parlophone to capitalise on the enormous success of the title track which had been the group's second single and their first no.1 in the majority of UK charts.

Recording Please Please Me In A Day
Whilst Recording Please Please Me

Given that the UK album chart in those days tended to be dominated by more 'adult' tastes such as film soundtracks and easy listening vocalists, it was a surprise when Please Please Me hit the top of the chart in May1963 and remained there for thirty weeks before being replaced by With The Beatles.

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