The Paul McCartney Project

The Beatles' Hits

By The BeatlesEP • Part of the collection “The Beatles • The original UK EPs

Timeline More from year 1963
UK release date:
Sep 06, 1963
Publisher:
Parlophone

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

From Me to You

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:56 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 05, 1963
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 14, 1963
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


2.

Thank You Girl

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:01 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 05, 1963
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 13, 1963
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

Please Please Me

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:03 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Harmony vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Harmonica, Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Harmony vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 26, 1962
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 30, 1962
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


4.

Love Me Do

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:22 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Tambourine
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
George Harrison :
Acoustic rhythm guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Andy White :
Drums
Ron Richards :
Producer

Session Recording:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 11, 1962
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

About

From Wikipedia:

The Beatles’ Hits EP was released 6 September 1963. It is The Beatles second British EP and was only released in mono, with the catalogue number Parlophone GEP 8880. This EP can be seen as an early example of a greatest hits release. It was also released in Australia and New Zealand.

All songs were written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and feature Lennon on lead vocals.

Sleeve notes:

The four numbers on this EP have been selected from The Lennon & McCartney Songbook. If that description sounds a trifle pompous perhaps I may suggest you preserve this sleeve for ten years, exhume it from your collection somewhere around the middle of 1973 and write me a very nasty letter if the pop people of the 70’s aren’t talking with respect about at least two of these titles as “early examples of modern beat standards taken from the Lennon & McCartney Songbook”.

The success of The Beatles as a bill-topping, chart-topping team of vocalist/instrumentalist entertainers hasn’t been far short of unique. What makes this foursome’s history quite unprecendented is the fact that two of the boys write (with an output rate which is prolific-plus!) all the songs which The Beatles take to the top of the hit parade. We’ve had successful songwriters before and we’ve had golden-touch recording stars before but the two entirely different facets of Tin Pan Alley fame have never before combined themselves so brilliantly in the all-around, do-it-yourself versatility of a single singing/playing/composing unit.

Chronologically speaking, this exciting little session starts with Love me do. In the autumn of ’62 this number went out to the disc stores on the top deck of The Beatles’ first Parlophone single. 48 hours later it had notched up sufficient sales to put it into the charts.

Next came Please, please me which stayed in the charts throughout February and March of 1963, reached the coveted Number One slot, earned The Beatles their first Silver Disc award and eventually gave its name to a twelve-inch LP programme which was destined to become one of the fastest-selling album releases of the year.

For their third single The Beatles coupled From me to you with Thank you girl, The former zoomed to the pop peak in the middle of April and defended its mighty position against all comers for a total of seven spectacular weeks. (Incidentally it was Do you want to know a secret, another item from the Lennon & McCartney Songbook, which replaced From me to you at the Number One position in June!)

Thank you girl found another way of proving its undoubted popularity by making a prolonged appearance amongst the nation’s list of best-selling sheet music.

P.S. In case you still doubt my opening paragraph prophesy, you should know that Messrs. Lennon & McCartney have written enough songs to keep them in singles and albums from now until 1973 even if their composing talent were to wither and die in the immediate future!

TONY BARROW

Last updated on March 13, 2016


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