Weakest Link: Beatles "Please Please Me" - Round 1

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Oatsdad, Mar 19, 2023 at 7:36 AM.

  1. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits, Abbie & Mitzi: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    Almost 60 years ago today, a young band from Liverpool put out their first album - and rock would never be the same.

    We'll commemorate the 60th anniversary of "Please Please Me" - which formally occurs March 22 - with the Weakest Link treatment.

    Pick the FOUR weakest links!

    DISCUSSION: when did you first hear "Please Please Me" (or its songs in their US configurations) and what did you think of it at the time?
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  2. Mother

    Mother Forum Resident

    One of my favourite albums of all time. A difficult choice.

    A Taste of Honey
    Twist and Shout

    DQ: mid 1980s. Loved it then, love it now.
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  3. lennonfan1

    lennonfan1 Senior Member

    baltimore maryland
    easy to toss A Taste Of Honey. The other tracks are really superb imo
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  4. Fields&Lanes

    Fields&Lanes Forum Resident

    Piedmont, VA USA
    The fourth link selection was the toughest for me. I have always dug this album. It sounds great (this was the first 'import' album I purchased back in the mid 70s) and it is full of energy. Strong vocals and tight musicianship - it makes me feel young whenever I listen to it.

    Do You Want To Know A Secret
    A Taste of Honey
    P S I Love You
  5. EddieMann

    EddieMann I used to be a king...

    Geneva, IL. USA.
    Living in the US I don’t think I heard the proper PPM album for quite some time. We always had Introducing the Beatles, which is more or less the same thing.
  6. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Ask Me Why
    A Taste of Honey

    DQ: First heard it in the early '90s and liked it.
  7. JamieC

    JamieC Senior Member

    Detroit Mi USA
    That was like cutting off limbs. I think I hate you.

    For my 8th birthday March 64 I woke up to Introducing The Beatles on VJ from Mom and Dad. Among the best gifts I ever got from my older parents. I also got Meet The Beatles from my older(by 16 years) married brother later on. A GOOD day for a new 8 year old.!
  8. veloso2

    veloso2 Forum Resident

    Do You Want To Know A Secret
    A Taste of Honey
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  9. DME1061

    DME1061 Forum Resident

    Trenton, NJ
    Ask Me Why
    A Taste of Honey

    I was born in 1961, and my parents had some Beatles around (U.S. versions) when I was growing up.. Listened to it late 60's when I was a kid. Liked it but didn't really appreciate it until later on.
  10. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man


    Sad to see "Honey" get the ax right put of the gate.

    ?: I heard most of this material at a very early age (like 3 or 4 years old) via a counterfeit "Introducing The Bealtes" LP purchased at Two Guy's department store in Schenectady NY in 1978 or '79. It was one of my first records.
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  11. Marvin

    Marvin Senior Member

    Chains/ Secret/Love Me Do/Honey

    I first heard this (most of it) as "Introducing the Beatles" in the summer of '64.

    It wasn't until about 1968 (when Hunter Davies's authorized bio came out) that I realized that this, and not Meet the Beatles, corresponded to their first album (though I didn't fully understand the difference between the US and UK albums at that point).
  12. Mooserfan

    Mooserfan Forum Resident

    Allentown, PA
    Damn, that was harder than I thought it would be. I knew it would get tough, but first round…!
  13. ash1

    ash1 Forum Resident

    bristol uk
    Boys is Ringo's best Beatle vocal imo. Macca's killing it on bass and backing vocals, it's take 1.
    I chose Honey, Love Me Do. PS I love You and Baby It's You but it's tough. I like this LP a lot. This one and AHDN are probably my favourite pre-Revolver Fab LP's.
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  14. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    Ugh, I only picked two by mistake.
    I bought Introducing... at a department store in the early 70's. Loved it, still do.
  15. humpf

    humpf Allowed to write something here.

    dq: It was not the first B. album I heard, so I was not impressed much. Boys was a standout track I had not known before. And the title track has always been a favourite.
  16. maui jim

    maui jim Forum Resident

    West of NYC
    DQ. MTB was bought 1st but Introducing…on VeeJay was bought shortly after and my copy is still in good shape. Better than my MTB
  17. riknbkr330

    riknbkr330 Senior Member

    Boys, Anna, Chains, Love Me Do

    DQ: I believe I first heard it when I checked out a copy of "Introducing the Beatles" from the local library. This is back in 1974, when I was starting to learn guitar, and worked on "Misery" as ear training and chord changing. Didn't hear the proper PPM LP until late 70s.
  18. rlj1010

    rlj1010 Forum Resident

    Coral Springs, FL
    For me, it's:

    Ask Me Why
    PS I Love You
    A Taste Of Honey

    (Mind you, I still like these songs, but something's gotta go. Actually, I don't really care much for "Ask Me Why". But the other 3 are fine...)

    I didn't hear the album until around 1990, when I was 15. I saw Macca in concert that April, as a friend's family invited me along. In very short order, I quickly became a Beatles/Macca nut, and bought every release I could get my hands on.

    Please Please Me is a great album, but I'm more of a "Rubber Soul and later" fan. I just listen to the early stuff less, even though I still appreciate it ...

    Overall, I liked PPM back then, and still do now.
  19. A Taste Of Honey
    Love Me Do
    Do You Want To Know A Secret

    DQ?: Loved them the first time I heard them (born in '64 I heard you them all between the ages of 5 & 8) & have only loved & appreciated them more & more over the years.

    It's truly one of the greatest (& most ground breaking/revolutionary) debut albums ever- most especially because of "There's A Place" (my fave of all), "Twist & Shout", "I Saw Her Standing There" & "Please Please Me", but also "P.S. I Love You", "Ask Me Why" & "Baby It's You" & finally "Misery", "Anna (Go To Him)" & "Boys"... even the least of the lesser tracks (that I just votes for) are, at least, all good- so it is with their whole catalog...
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  20. Bern

    Bern JC4Me

    Allegan, Michigan
    First two were easy. A Taste of Honey...and Chains. (mediocre cover). The rest of the album becomes much harder for me. Went with Love Me Do and Boys.

    I had 5 older siblings...heard it at time of release, but was only 5 in 1964.
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  21. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    My introduction to any of these songs was sometime in the late 70s......finding/buying (one of the counterfeit?) Introducing The Beatles in the $1 bin at Woolworths. Being 9-10 years old, I didn't initially love most of the songs. Thought they sounded older/more dated than the Beatles records my parents had. At the time, I could see why it was only $1, where Abbey Road wouldn't be.

    It was also one of those versions where track listing didn't match what was on the album. Until I finally got interest in these early songs again 5 years later, I really thought "PS I Love You" was the real title of "Please Please Me."
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  22. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    PS I Love You
    Do You Want To Know A Secret
  23. Colocally

    Colocally One Of The New Wave Boys

    Surrey BC.
    I got PPM and WTB for Christmas 1981. I thought they were both pretty good. Not my favorite errs but I go back to it now and then.
  24. hutlock

    hutlock Forever Breathing

    Cleveland, OH, USA
    Baby It’s You
    A Taste of Honey

    DQ: was familiar with many of the tracks but I didn’t hear the whole UK album properly until the first Beatles CDs were released in 1987. Of that initial four albums, it was my least favorite and still is, though I do consider it a good album. Just lacks a bit for me.
  25. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits, Abbie & Mitzi: Best Dogs Ever Thread Starter

    Alexandria VA
    Guess it depends on how you define "always".

    Sure, "Introducing" existed from 1964 on, but it wasn't easily found in stores after those first few years.

    I didn't get into the Beatles until late 70s and you could only find "Introducing" at collector's shops by then.

    Dunno when it officially vanished from shelves - and I'm aware it got pirated up the wazoo, which kept it sort of "in print".

    But it still wasn't a title you'd find at your average record store after those first few years, I don't think.

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