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The BeatlesPlease Please Me

Genre:Rock
Style:Beat, Rock & Roll
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Tracklist

I Saw Her Standing There2:50
Misery1:44
Anna (Go To Him)2:52
Chains2:20
Boys2:20
Ask Me Why2:20
Please Please Me1:58
Love Me Do2:15
P.S. I Love You2:00
Baby It's You2:29
Do You Want To Know A Secret1:52
A Taste Of Honey1:59
There's A Place1:46
Twist And Shout2:30

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Notes

The debut album by The Beatles. Released under the name "Introducing The Beatles" in the United States with a slightly altered tracklist.

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First US LP Release: January 10, 1964

- First releases easily recognizable by the (later withdrawn) advertisement for other "Vee Jay" records on back-cover:

- The Beatles - Introducing The Beatles and The Beatles - Introducing The Beatles (Mono Versions)

- The Beatles - Introducing... The Beatles and The Beatles - Introducing The Beatles (Stereo Versions)

For the US releases, here's a guide to distinguish genuine releases from counterfeits:

(The US variations submitted so far can be found here)

Deadsure Method:
☞ If title and artist are separated on the label by the spindle hole, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If it is stereo and has ''Love Me Do'' on the back cover, it's most likely a counterfeit. (See additional "HONEY" test below.)
☞ If ''stereo'' appears only on the cover and not on the label, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If the record claims to be in stereo, but plays mono, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If the label is all black/silver and has a large brackets logo, it's a counterfeit.

☞ The runout etching on almost all genuine copies should contain at least one of the following:
''Audio Matrix''
''MR'' in a circle
''ARP'' in italics

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Easy Method By Cover:
☞ If George casts no shadow, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If the background contains no gradient and the colors seem off, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If the cover has a brown border, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If the front cover does not wrap around completely underneath the back cover slick, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If the back cover print is blurry in whatever way, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If printer marks (colored dots) are visible on the top of the back cover, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If the ''H'' and/or "E" of ''Honey'' in "A TASTE OF HONEY" on the back cover shows a printing deficit, it's a counterfeit.

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Easy Method By Label:
☞ If title and artist are separated on the label by the spindle hole, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If the label has a flat textured rainbow/colorband design, it's a counterfeit.
☞ If the dead wax after the last track is wider than an inch, it's a counterfeit
☞ If the label is all black and on glossy paper, it's a counterfeit.
☞ Any significant loss of color in the rainbow on the label (especially green) indicates a counterfeit.

There are 37 variations of the genuine pressing (including both mono and stereo) known.

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First US CD release: Feb. 26, 1987

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Cover of Please Please Me, 1963, VinylPlease Please Me
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1st Pressing, Gold & Black Label, Dick James Credits
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Parlophone – PMCO 1202, Parlophone – PMCO-1202Australia1963Australia1963
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Cover of Please Please Me, 1963-03-22, VinylPlease Please Me
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Cover of Please Please Me, 1963-10-00, VinylPlease Please Me
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StaticWednesday's avatar
Listening to this right now. I dont really listen to is too often on vinyl since I also have this version in the cd box set. But ..on the occasion that I do have time to crank it and actually enjoy listening to it...with no distraction...it is just so fantastic. What can I say other than amazing. The vocals are full of energy ...the bass guitar is accurate and not bloated...the guitars are crisp and well placed. The vinyl is flat and quiet. One thing..it is not a very "loud" record. So you have to turn up the volume...which IMO is a good thing. The only thing I wish I had done..instead of getting these separate...would have been to get the box set...oh well.
AmVersion's avatar
AmVersion
LOL, I hope whoever sold their copy in 2014 for $30 never, ever sees what it sold for 8 years later.
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jeir1968
Edited 10 days ago
Can't fathom why anyone would pay $7000 for this--not even mono. Guess it's a person's right to spend their cold hard cash on what they wish, but there are plenty of copies (Parlophone and Capitol) that sound more than decently close to the actual masters. Unless you own the kind of system that costs as much as a small sized car, you're not going to hear something different here. All of these songs were recorded under primitive conditions, live in the studio, to three track tape, and bounced to mono and stereo by GM and crew very professionally and to the best that the tech at the time could deliver. Perhaps one of the "tube cut" pressings (late 60s?) would give you just a little bit of a hotter sound, but you're good paying $20 or less (IMHO) for one of these.
I'll add that the Vee Jay copies are also rather clean and bright sounding (only speaking of the official pressings, there are tons of bootlegs of this as "Introducing the Beatles", all of which are well explained here on Discogs under that particular listing). All of these pressings suffer from the limitations of the tech (early 60s), so the bass can sound thin or boomy, and the treble a bit too bright and splashy. Just gotta adjust your EQ levels to your liking.
Just saying (a long time Beatles fan.)
StaticWednesday's avatar
Listening to this now. I am always amazed at these discs. Lets get this straight .. ripping these is good but not as good as playing them. These cds have a certain sound to them. They are beautifully done..they have a really nice non digital sound..(unlike the 2009 US cds) and somehow maintain a really nice smooth sound. I use either my cd player or my cd transport to a upsampling dac. Either way I see no need to purchase a Hi Res version of this music...to me its that good. And I am a pro Hi Res and have many files. Also understand that I am not just saying this to sell a cd because when I am dead my daughter has dibs on them...LOL. So you cant have them.
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Edited 22 days ago
Really lovely mono pressing of Please Please Me; surprising given that it's based off of the same masters that were used for the 1987 CDs that have some problems (with Please Please Me actually being the least bad CD out of the ones in mono). You can tell that Wally Traugott (the mastering engineer for these releases) took a lot of time and care to adapt the digital masters to records. Paul's bass really booms in the recording, and everything sounds clear. In fact, more punchy than the 1987 CDs.

I am honestly surprised with how much hate and vitriol this record gets because I actually feel that some tracks sound better than the much praised 2014 mono re-release of this album. If you take a listen, Do You Want To Know A Secret? and Chains has better equalization and is much clearer than the 2014 version, with that version sounding slightly more dull and less exciting. However, some tracks off the 2014 reissue do indeed sound better than this 1988 release, with Please Please Me (the title track) sounding more generations off.

Then again, this is coming from someone who has not listened to the other digital, mono reissues of the Beatles discography. Both are good versions of the album. And, definitely, if your budget falls more in line with getting these digital reissues, you should be pretty happy.
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vinyljos
One of the best, if not the best, sounding stereo issue from outside the UK. AAA! 1) Extraordinary access to original (!) stereo master tapes. 2) Stan Ricker's half speed mastering. 3) Perfect Japanese pressing on HD vinyl (lately marketed as Super Vinyl :-). If you want the stereo version, this is the one to go for. (Forget the digitally remastered stuff!) The music speaks for itself.
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heliomg20
This pressing actually made me re-evaluate my entire opinion about Beatles in mono.

I grew up listening to the old 80's CD of this. The sound there is lifeless.

Here, it shines in full glory.

The vocals on this are absolutely stupendous - it almost feels like the guys are singing before your eyes.

The overall soundstage is impeccable as well.

Had the luck of grabbing this a few years ago for about $35 here in Brazil, from an online vendor. Unfortunately, he had only this title from the collection...
bribri100's avatar
bribri100
I have a very clean copy.
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 2): 04219 - A2

vocals not washed out.
markymarkstheman's avatar
Edited one month ago
In my opinion of these Introducing The Beatles SHOULD NOT categorised under the Please Please Me as they have been trimmed of 2 tracks for the USA manufacturer process and therefore are not directly a duplicate of the original 14 track EMI master, they may share the same track listing but I think the should not br listed under PPM and instead be listed under their own separate release as they would have been recut to conform with the USA creation process.
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d-niceguy15
Edited one month ago
I have a black and gold double press ring version but with Northern Songs credit on side 1 track 1. Can’t see this listed on Discogs. Any ideas as to the value?