Please, Please Me

Posted: March 22, 2013 by Crackin' Wax in General
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The Beatles - Please Please Me




Whatever the adjective, it fails to even come close to do this day justice. Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first album, “Please Please Me.” I am utterly mind-blown by this information.

No matter how you feel about The Beatles as a whole or any of their individual parts, it’s hard to deny their place in history. While the blues gave birth to rock and roll and Elvis popularized it, The Beatles perfected the sound, the style and the attitude. Their first album, “Please Please Me,” is far from their best effort but is home to a few of their biggest hits. A record half-written by the famous McCartney/Lennon tandem and half-written by other artists, it kicks off with a definitive Beatles track, “I Saw Her Standing There.” To many, that song is how The Beatles first entered into their lives. The record weaves through vocal-centered tunes with an emphasis on major melodic tones–a staple of pop music, even today. Side B spins up with the title track, followed by the ever-popular “Love Me Do.” George Harrison gets a lead vocal track on “Do You Want To Know A Secret” while Ringo takes the vox on “Boys.” The record comes to a raucous close with my favorite non-McCartney/Lennon Beatles song, “Twist and Shout”–known by many from a signature scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

How can you NOT get excited when you hear that song? Of course, I’m a bit biased. You see, I’m a Beatlemaniac. In fact, I’ve got my 1987 CD pressing of “Please Please Me” spinning up right now. I’m writing this blog in my Beatles Abbey Road t-shirt, too.

I count myself fortunate that my parents seemed to love The Beatles–at least, that was my perception. Maybe at the time they just felt that The Beatles were the most kid-friendly group they could find. Growing up in the late 70s and throughout the 80s, there were certainly other options, but I’m glad my musical tastes ended up being influenced by The Beatles as opposed to, say, Bananarama or Wham! The music just seemed really simple and fun, and what kid doesn’t like simple and fun, right? As I grew older and a bit more sophisticated, The Beatles’ catalogue was able to accomodate. They broke through so many barriers in the 7 years that they released albums.

Let’s step back and absorb that for a moment. Seven years. In just seven years, they accomplished more musically than most professional musicians do in their entire careers–COMBINED. How’s this for a mindfreak? The Beatles broke up before any of them had even turned 30. Then, after that, they ALL enjoyed successful solo careers–even Ringo with his All-Star Bands.

My affection for The Beatles is equally shared by my wife, The Over-Thinker. We share the same favorite Beatles song, “Dear Prudence.” For our wedding, we hired two musicians to play nothing but Beatles. She walked the aisle to “Here, There and Everywhere.” One of her favorite things to sing is the French chorus in “Michelle.” You can bet your sweet Apple Corp that the first song our first-born child will hear will be an as-yet-determined Beatles song.

I’m not trying to convince anyone to love their music as much as I, nor am I trying to preach the gospel of Lennon/McCartney (although, after reading this post, one could argue that I am). Hopefully, at the very least, this serves to show my respect for their place in history and the impact their music has truly had throughout my entire life. There are very few things that I’ve happily carried with me from childhood into adulthood; The Beatles and trading cards happen to be two of those such things. While I can’t necessarily say that trading cards will endure as a passion, I can honestly say that I can’t imagine a time in my life without The Beatles.

Now I just have to resolve in my head the fact that their 1st album is now 50 years old and came out 14 years before I was born.

  1. Steve z says:

    Right there with ya! Lennon/McCartney is about as close as u can get to perfection when it comes to songwriting. Those songs have held up all these years and will continue to do so forever.

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