The Paul McCartney Project

"Please Please Me" album session #1

Feb 11, 1963 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Please Please Me (Mono) Official album.
Timeline See what happened in 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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Songs recorded


1.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


2.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


3.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


4.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


5.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5

Album Officially appears on Bootleg Recordings 1963


6.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6

Album Officially appears on Bootleg Recordings 1963


7.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


8.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


9.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


10.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


11.


12.


13.


14.


15.


16.


17.


18.


19.

I Saw Her Standing There

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9

Album Officially appears on Free As A Bird


20.

A Taste of Honey

Written by Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow

Recording • Take 1

Unreleased track


21.

A Taste of Honey

Written by Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow

Recording • Take 2

Unreleased track


22.

A Taste of Honey

Written by Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow

Recording • Take 3

Unreleased track


23.

A Taste of Honey

Written by Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow

Recording • Take 4

Unreleased track


24.

A Taste of Honey

Written by Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow

Recording • Take 5

Unreleased track


25.

Do You Want To Know A Secret

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1

Unreleased track


26.

Do You Want To Know A Secret

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2

Unreleased track


27.

Do You Want To Know A Secret

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3

Unreleased track


28.

Do You Want To Know A Secret

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4

Unreleased track


29.

Do You Want To Know A Secret

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5

Unreleased track


30.

Do You Want To Know A Secret

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6

Unreleased track




33.


34.


35.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


36.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 12

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


37.

There's A Place

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 13

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


38.


39.


40.


41.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


42.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


43.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


44.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


45.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


46.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


47.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


48.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8

Album Bootlegged on Please Please Me - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics


49.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


50.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10


51.

Misery

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11


52.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 1


53.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 2


54.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 3


55.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 4


56.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 5


57.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 6


58.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 7


59.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 8


60.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 9


61.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 10


62.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 11


63.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 12


64.

Hold Me Tight

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Take 13


65.

Anna (Go to Him)

Written by Arthur Alexander

Recording • Take 1


66.

Anna (Go to Him)

Written by Arthur Alexander

Recording • Take 2


67.

Anna (Go to Him)

Written by Arthur Alexander

Recording • Take 3


68.

Boys

Written by Luther Dixon, Wes Farrell

Recording • Take 1


69.

Chains

Written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King

Recording • Take 1


70.

Chains

Written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King

Recording • Take 2


71.

Chains

Written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King

Recording • Take 3


72.

Chains

Written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King

Recording • Take 4


73.

Baby It's You

Written by Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Barney Williams

Recording • Take 1


74.

Baby It's You

Written by Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Barney Williams

Recording • Take 2


75.

Baby It's You

Written by Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Barney Williams

Recording • Take 3


76.

Twist and Shout

Written by Phil Medley, Bert Russell

Recording • Take 1


77.

Twist and Shout

Written by Phil Medley, Bert Russell

Recording • Take 2

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

We owe a lot to Mark Lewisohn for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - the number of takes for each song, who contributed what, a description of the context and how each session went, various photographies... And an introductory interview with Paul McCartney!

Staff

Musicians

Paul McCartney:
bass guitar, handclaps, vocals
Ringo Starr:
drums, handclaps, vocals
John Lennon:
vocals, harmonica, handclaps, guitar
George Harrison:
guitar, handclaps, vocals

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Richard Langham:
Second Engineer

About

From Wikipedia:

[…] The norm for British 12″ vinyl pop albums in 1963 was to have seven songs on each side (American albums usually had five or six songs per side) leaving producer George Martin needing only ten more tracks if he were to include the four sides of the group’s first two singles: “I asked them what they had which we could record quickly, and the answer was their stage act” Martin said. He had at first contemplated recording the album live at the Cavern Club in front of the group’s home audience and visited the Liverpool club on 9 December 1962 to consider the technicalities (or, as more recent scholarship indicates, on 12 December 1962.) But when time constraints intervened, he decided to book them at EMI Studios in Abbey Road and record them live there instead. Martin said, “It was a straightforward performance of their stage repertoire—a broadcast, more or less.

Initially only a morning and afternoon session were booked; the evening session was added later. Therefore, at 10:00 am on Monday, 11 February 1963, the Beatles began working their way through their live set song by song, the number of takes varying on each, and finished at 10:45 pm—less than 13 hours later— capturing in essence an authentic representation of the band’s Cavern Club-era sound. The day ended with a cover of “Twist and Shout,” which had to be recorded last because John Lennon had a particularly bad cold and Martin feared the throat-shredding vocal would ruin Lennon’s voice for the day. This performance, caught on the first take, prompted Martin to say: “I don’t know how they do it. We’ve been recording all day but the longer we go on the better they get.” Mark Lewisohn would later write: “There can scarcely have been 585 more productive minutes in the history of recorded music“. Paul McCartney double tracked his vocal on “A Taste of Honey” and Lennon added harmonica onto “There’s A Place” during these sessions. Martin overdubbed piano on “Misery” and celesta on “Baby It’s You” on 20 February during which the Beatles were not present.

The song “Hold Me Tight” was recorded during these sessions, but was “surplus to requirements” and not included on the album. “Hold Me Tight” was recorded again on 12 September 1963 for With the Beatles.

The whole day’s session cost around £400 (£10,000 as of 2016). Martin said: “There wasn’t a lot of money at Parlophone. I was working to an annual budget of £55,000.” This budget had to cover all of the artists on Martin’s roster. Individually, under a contract with the Musicians’ Union, each Beatle collected a £7 10s (£7.50) session fee for each three-hour session. […]

Last updated on February 7, 2016


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