The Beatles: Please Please Me

First album for these chaps.  Catchy pop, some of it great, most of it quite good.  Solid songwriting.  Lousy sound keeps the better songs from being full-hearted, but maybe we’ll forgiven them since it’s 1963.

I hope they release “There’s A Place” as a single.  It’s easily the best track on the album, despite suffering from some sound peaking issues.

I’d like to see these guys grow up, especially lyrically.  They’re quite a hit with the tweenie girl crowd now, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that all their lyrics evoke an anachronistic imagery of boy expressing secret, but incredibly tame, feelings of affection for the female listener.  I have no insight into the mind of a twelve-year-old girl, but I imagine her swooning over the thought of sipping a cherry Coke with one of these long hairs (probably Paul) while they make eyes at each other; she tilts her head flirtatiously to the side, and maybe they even, gasp, hold hands.  Don’t tell Daddy.

A couple of notes from 2012:

  • This came out in 1963.  The Dr. Pepper album came out in 1967 and Abbey Road was 1969.  That is an insanely fast career arc that’s unfathomable in today’s music industry.
  • The Beatles always seemed so much older than my time, but Abbey Road came out only five years before I was born.  And now that I have kids of my own and can think about five years before they were born, the band seems like much more of a contemporary event.
  • Of all the classic albums I’ve reviewed, this is the most difficult to try to review with fresh ears.  I have no idea of this is 3, 3.5, or 4 clowns.  Or if it’s even one of those.  But I find myself singing along though not really craving to listen to it, so that sounds like 3.5 clowns.

Rating:
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–  “Twist And Shout”
– [everything else]
Filed Between: Beastie Boys (Ill Communication) and The Beatles’ Help!

Track Listing and Notes:

  1. I Saw Her Standing There –
  2. Misery –
  3. Anna (Go To Him) – That last bit about setting her free if she gives back her ring is distasteful.  At least now it is.  It just seems unnecessary.  Even back in the day, what was that line for?  John.
  4. Chains – Meh. Almost broken.  Easily the worst track on the album.  Mostly inoffensive, mildly annoying, mainly just blah.
  5. Boys – Almost full.
  6. Ask Me Why – Another song that mentions misery.
  7. Please Please Me –
  8. Love Me Do –
  9. P.S. I Love You –
  10. Baby It’s You – John.
  11. Do You Want To Know A Secret – George I think.
  12. A Taste Of Honey –
  13. There’s A Place – This is probably my fave song on here, but the sound is ass.  Love the rhythms.
  14. Twist And Shout – Always fun.
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