The Paul McCartney Project

Twist and Shout

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

Timeline See what happened in 1963
UK release date:
Jul 12, 1963
Publisher:
Parlophone
Reference:
GEP 8882
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Twist and Shout

Written by Phil Medley, Bert Russell

2:39 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


2.

A Taste of Honey

Written by Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow

2:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


3.

Do You Want to Know a Secret

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:00 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


4.

There's a Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Harmonica, Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Richard Langham:
Second engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

About

From Wikipedia:

The Twist and Shout EP by The Beatles is the band’s first British EP, released by Parlophone (catalogue number GEP 8882) on 12 July 1963. It was also released in Germany, Spain, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. All four tracks on the EP were originally released on their debut album Please Please Me.

Sleeve notes:

Each of the four titles here has been clipped away from the Beatles’ No. 1 “Please Please Me” which has been at the top of the nation’s album charts for umpteen weeks as this sleeve goes to press. It is equally true that one of the songs—Do You Want To Know A Secret—became a No. 1 hit as a single when it was recorded for Parlophone by the Beatles’ Liverpoolian colleague, Billy J. Kramer.

The items lined up on this EP have been designed to pass the audio spotlight very fairly from Beatle to Beatle, exposing four contrasting facets of the quartet’s vocal and instrumental ingenuity. At one end of the scale we have the all-action, all-raving rocker, Twist and Shout; at the other we have the more subdued mood of A Taste of Honey.

The session kicks off with that wild, compelling John Lennon iterpretation of Twist and Shout. No wonder it has become a show-stopping highspot of the foursome’s stage act! John must have built himself a set of leather tonsils in a throat of steel to turn out such a violently exciting track!

The tension eases off with the second number on Side One: Paul McCartney’s slightly sad, slightly nostalgic version of A Taste of Honey. The tune began as a memorable jazz instrumental; Paul’s clear, sturdy voice turns it into a haunting piece of atmosphere balladeering.

The second half opens with George Harrison stepping forward to chant the persuasive ballad Do You Want To Know A Secret. Penned by John and Paul, this must be one of the year’s most catchy pop hits, and George tempers his vocal delivery with an intriguing blend of warmth and wistfulness.

For the finale John and Paul join forces to handle their own self-penned composition, There’s a Place. With a fair amount of Ringo’s percussive pressure behind their voices they offer a part-plaintive, part punchy performance of this infectious beat number. Whatever time of the year you find yourself reading these paragraphs it’s a pretty safe bet that The Beatles won’t be far from the No. 1 chart spot. And with a little luck they’ll be No. 1 on the bill at your local theatre too!

TONY BARROW

Last updated on March 13, 2016


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