The Beatles debut album would show the world this was no ordinary group. Besides the covers, they were one of the first groups to write their own songs (they wrote 8 of the 14 songs featured), play their own instruments and this hinted at the ambitious and talented four young men that would forever change music history.
I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
Best Intro countdown in history!
The opening track of the album is exciting, fresh, fun, catchy and stands the taste of time. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in this video above you can see how good they were at playing and singing, and how much they enjoyed it.
The album included the first two singles by the band: “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me” Me was their first single released in America. All of those songs commercial hits and kids of the time specially loved the lyrics double entendres. The other 10 songs were all recorded on February 11th, 1963. Yes, all of them, all in one day. They took 16 hours to record and it would cost £400.
Ask Me Why – The Beatles
“Ask Me Why” was written mainly by Lennon, one of his first love songs, it is credited to Lennon – McCartney. It was recorded at Abbey Road studios on June 6th, 1962 with the band´s first drummer, Pete Best. It was recorded again on November 26th with Ringo Star on drums.
Baby It’s You – The Beatles
We, as the Beatles did, love the original version of the song, recorded by The Shirelles from 1961. The Beatles had made the song part of their live act since 1961, and decided to record a version of this wonderful song written by Bacharach/David. They make an arrangement on it, and instead of finishing the song on the line “staying home and crying” Lennon ends singing he will carry on loving no matter what.
The cover of the album was a photograph by Angus McBean at EMI headquarters in London´s Manchester Square. In the UK, the album was released on March 22, 1963. In the United States it was released on January 10th, 1964 under the title “Introducing The Beatles” and did not include the songs “Please Please Me” and “Ask Me Why“.
Do You Want to Know a Secret – The Beatles
With time the album would sell millions of copies, but it was a slow starter. It entered the charts on April, 1963, made number one on May 11th and would remain in No. 1 for 30 WEEKS!!! It remained in the charts for 70 weeks.
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Final track of the album. Best closing track ever?
Apparently the idea to record the song (a cover of the Phil Medley and Burt Russell hit) came at a 10:00 p.m. coffee break. For those who have not heard the story, it was the last song they recorded after 16 hours. Lennon had a cold…they tried a second take but John´s voice was already gone by then. Nonetheless it is considered one of their greatest rock songs and this performance we chose her was controversial because of Lennon´s introduction (And one of the reasons we love him, and probably when he seduced the whole of Britain!)
Apparently, at the end of the recording, producer George Martin said:
“I don’t know how they do it. We’ve been recording all day but the longer we go on the better they get.”
Well, this is only the first album by them that we cover here on MVD, but we can assure you that he was right.
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