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Please Please Me – The Beatles CD

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Please Please Me – The Beatles CD

“The classic original Beatles studio albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilising state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the Beatles catalogue has seen since its original release.

Within each CD’s new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. The newly produced mini-documentaries on the making of each album, directed by Bob Smeaton, are included as QuickTime files on each album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere.”Their first-ever album, raw and rough and still very rock & roll. Lennon and McCartney begin to flex their writing muscles and had already scored two UK hits when this appeared, but they still relied heavily on the cover material to see them through. Their insecurity about their own abilities seems curious in hindsight since they’d pulled the title song and “I Saw Her Standing There” (with thanks to Little Richard) out of their hats. But they were an unknown quantity, still to launch a million bands and take pop music to places it had never dreamed off. A small step for four men, a giant leap for music. –Chris Nickson

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Daniel J. Hamlow says:

They Please Pleased millions, including me! With “A 1,2,3,4,” history was made with the rousing opening number, “I Saw Her Standing There” from Please Please Me, the debut album of the best group the world has had the pleasure to experience.

blue-59 says:

Remastered version a vast improvement There’s only so much that audio engineers can do with material that was frankly rather sloppily recorded four and a half decades ago. Back in the 1970s, I owned a high-end audio store, and as familiar as I was with the Beatles’ U.S. releases, I still purchased all the Beatles LPs on British Parlophone anticipating the “real thing.” However, none of those LPs, including this album, were anything great in terms of fidelity. The sound was generally thin, brittle, weak, and lacking in detail. The U.S. versions, with all their weaknesses, were better. But keep in mind that high-quality audio systems were very rare in 1962, and the engineers did the mastering, equalization, etc., with “record players,” not audio systems, in mind. It should not be surprising that the early Beatles’ recordings didn’t hold up so well on top-quality audio equipment.Whatever else they have done to their manufacturing capability over the past few decades, the British have remained extremely important in terms of audio engineering. Bowers & Wilkins 801s are still damn fine speakers a quarter century after they first appeared. The British masterings of Frank Sinatra’s 1950s output simply blow away the American versions. While the American engineers worried about removing hiss, the British engineers went after capturing the music, the comparison to modern digital recording be damned.What the engineers have done with this album, and I assume the others, is dig as deep as they could into the master tapes and get us as close to the music as possible. Beware that this is not as close as possible to the sound that we heard from our GE or RCA portables. It is what we wish they could have sounded like back then. It is the Beatles reworked for the modern age and, to my mind, very successfully.Compare this remastered version to the old LP or the early CDs. It’s no contest. It’s not a matter of whether the harmonica sounds squeaky or the voices on occasion sound hard. That’s on the tape and can’t be changed. It’s a matter of detail, and balance, and definition, and capturing the music. Eight remastered CDs arrived today. I can’t wait to hear the rest.

Steve Vrana says:

Where It All Began… This was the album that thrust the Beatles into the spotlight in England. [It would be almost another year before America would embrace the lads from Liverpool.] After honing their skills in Hamburg and gigging around England, they shot to No. 1 in the U.K. with “Please Please Me” and followed up with this LP.


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