Please Please Me - 1st - VG-/VG

THE BEATLES Please Please Me (Incredibly Rare 1963 UK first press 14-track mono vinyl LP on the gold print Parlophone label with 'Dick James Mus. Co.' publishing credits for Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, Misery, Do You Want To KnowA Secret & There's A Place, E.J. Day front laminated flipback picture sleeve PMC1202)
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Release Year 1963 - 57 years ago
Condition Unless stated otherwise in the description above, all items are in at least excellent condition - so please read our descriptions carefully. We try to sell items as close to Mint condition as possible, and many will indeed be close to brand new and/or unplayed. Others may be 'used' - and all will meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.
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Format vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label Parlophone
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Product Catalogue No PMC1202
Music Genre 60s Pop, 60s Rock, POP, 60s Beat, Apple label
Country Comes from UK Comes from 'UK'
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Tracklisting & More Information

This legendary debut Beatles album was released on Friday 22nd March 1963 on the Parlophone label. It topped the charts on 11th May 1963 where it stayed for 30 weeks until it was knocked off the number one spot by 'With The Beatles'. Much of the album was recorded in just one day, under the guidance of George Martin. Unusually the mono edition was issued six weeks before the stereo copies. At the time of release of the album the design of the Parlophone label was in a transition period. The label was being changed from a black and gold design to a black and yellow design. Very few mono copies of Please Please Me were issued with the black and gold labels and have become highly sought after by collectors and when found they are usually in average condition at best due to the amount of parties they were taken to.

The Beatles FIRST official L.P. release. For the only time, the mono version was issued six weeks BEFORE the stereo version.

This album contained the 'A' and 'B' sides of their first two singles, plus ten new songs, all recorded in one incredible session at Abbey Road. The session cost just £400 and lasted sixteen hours.

The album took exactly six months to pass the sales figure of 250,000, and went on to sell over half a million in the UK, with world sales of almost two million.
It still holds the record for the longest continuous stay at Number One in the UK album charts.

The cover photo was taken at EMI's Manchester Square headquarters by Angus McBean, and the sleeve notes are by Tony Barrow.

Whilst trying to think of catchy names for their first album release, George Martin offered the title, 'Off The Beatle Track', but this was bypassed.
Mr. Martin clearly liked the name, and used it himself in 1964.

MONO/STEREO DIFFERENCES

'Please Please Me' - The stereo version has John making a mistake in the words of the final verse, which causes him to chuckle in the final chorus. This is not heard in the mono version.

CONDITION

Labels - The labels are in fantastic condition. There is no excessive spindle wear nor any damage, extensive flaking or writing on either side of the labels. The gold print is striking & clearly legible. This is the first pressing with this label design. The first pressing credits 'Dick James Mus. Co' for Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, Misery, Do You Want To Know A Secret & There's A Place.
The second pressing credits 'Northern Songs' for I Saw Her Standing There, Do You Want To Know A Secret, There's A Place & Misery, but retains the 'Dick James Mus. Co' credit for Please Please Me.

The vinyl is visually in VG+ condition & plays to an Excellent standard. There are several faint hairlines or light surface scuffs apparent on both sides but no raised scratches & the wax still shines nicely. Due to the deep grooves & superior quality of British 1960s vinyl pressings, any wear is rendered purely cosmetic.
As the music itself is not exclusive, this is less of an issue, but the record plays cleanly with no major pops or clicks. Some level of 'burring' is occasionally evident in the more vibrant passages, but there is no excessive distortion & surface noise is kept to a minimum.

The Matrix Numbers are XEX 421 - 1N on side one & XEX 422 - 1N on side two.

The front of the Ernest J Day laminated flipback picture sleeve is in decent condition with rich, vibrant colours & no fading. It features a large MONO logo on the far right hand side of the sleeve & the 'Angus McBean' photo credit starting under the second 's' in 'songs'. This particular example is carefully graded VG-. There is a small pin-hole in the top left corner which neatly travels through to the rear side flipback & there is a small pin-hole top left on the back which doesn't travel through to the front. There is no writing & all print remains clear to read, the spine still looking superb.

There are a few laminate creases which come with the age, but nothing too obtrusive. There is some chipping to the laminate along the bottom edge & some mild paper loss in a few corner edges [1" tear top right corner]. The reverse has just a little general discolouration to the main panel. The top flipback is secure & the bottom flipback has a 4" area missing in the far left corner due to tearing, leaving a seam split in that area, but the quality of the vinyl more than makes up for the slight grievances with the sleeve found here, which is understandable given its 50+ year history [over half a century!].

All in all, this is a better than average VG-/VG copy & always extremely sought after, enabling you to complete your collection at a very advantageous price !

Tracklisting :-
01. I Saw Her Standing There
02. Misery
03. Anna (Go To Him)
04. Chains
05. Boys
06. Ask Me Why
07. Please Please Me
08. Love Me Do
09. P.S. I Love You
10. Baby It's You
11. Do You Want To Know A Secret
12. A Taste Of Honey
13. There's A Place


LP RECORD  
Recording Artist The Beatles
Product Title Please Please Me - 1st - VG-/VG
Product Information The Beatles Please Please Me - 1st - VG-/VG UK vinyl LP album (LP record).
Language All tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info Deleted - A deleted or out-of-print item is one that is no longer manufactured. However, we stock thousands of out-of-print formats and we specialise in tracking down out-of-print, deleted and hard-to-find releases.
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