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PLEASE PLEASE ME

The Beatles

 

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3.04 | 397 ratings

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UMUR
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2 stars Please Please Me is the debut album from UK pop/ rock legends The Beatles. After playing lots of shows since their formation in 1958 ( which included two longer touring periods in the infamous Reeperbahn district in Hamburg, Germany) The Beatles made their first album in 1963. Please Please Me is basically a collection of singles put together to form an album.

The music on the album is pop/ rock which is very clearly influenced by American doo-woob and RīnīB. Not a single song crosses the three minute mark. None of the tracks stand out as being much different from each other. They are either slow doo-woob influenced songs or faster RīnīB influenced songs. The two songs I know the best from the album is Love Me Do and Twist and Shout ( a cover song originally recorded by Top Notes). Both songs are among the best songs on the album IMO.

The musicianship allthough a bit questionable at times is pretty good. In those days you recorded almost everything live in the studio and seen in that light the musicianship takes a notch up IMO. The Beatles now classic vocal harmonies can already be heard on this album and itīs hard not to be amazed about how good Paul McCartney and John Lennon sounded this early on in their career ( the extensive touring is probably one of the reasons).

The production is pretty raw and primitive but thereīs lots of power and enjoyment to be found anyway. Please Please Me marked the beginning of a very fruitful relationship with producer George Martin.

Everybody knows the fame of The Beatles and I acknowledge the importance of this debut album. But on a personal level thereīs not much I like about the album. There are some very memorable melodies and some great vocals but the very simple formulaic song structures and simple instrumentation doesnīt give me much excitement. 2 stars is warranted even though it might seem a bit disrespectful to such a classic album.

UMUR | 2/5 |

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