April 22, 2007

Beatles - Introducing The Beatles





Beatles - Introducing The Beatles (VJ Records)

VJ Records had exclusive distribution rights for the Beatles songs circa 1962 - 1963. After a series of singles were released by VJ and did not catch on, disk jockey's started playing imported copies of British Beatles records. In order to cash in on this rising popularity, VJ assembled this collection of songs. It was the first U.S. Beatles album distributed. VJ later failed to make royalty payments, and lost its distribution rights. Capitol Records (a division of EMI-England) started promoting and distributing Beatles records thereafter.

1. I Saw Her Standing There (Lennon/McCartney) 2:50
Regular
RM Take 9 & 12
11 Feb 1963
SS.PPM.01.09/12.RM
Used for mono LP & CD "Please Please Me".
Also found on mono US "Introducing The Beatles" (Brennan) but missing the count-in (only the "4" remains). It is not sure if the version found on "Introducing .." is the UK mono mix or the UK stereo mix reduced to mono. According to Brennan (again), if it was a reduction from the stereo mix we would hear the volume dropout on verse 3 that is typical on the UK stereo mix.
Beginning with different count " FOUR ", not " 1, 2, 3, 4! ".
Album version mixed from take 9.

2. Misery (Lennon/McCartney) 1:47
Regular
RM Take 16 - US
11 Feb 1963
SS.PPM.02.16.RM.US
The Beatles
Used exclusively on "Introducing The Beatles" US mono LP.
It is usually assumed that this mix is a mono reduction of the regular stereo mix (SS.PPM.02.16.RS) but it's hard to determine.
Mixed by George Martin in 1963 or 1964 in Los Angeles.
Album version mixed from take 11

3. Anna (Go To Him) (Alexander) 2:56
Regular
RM Take 3
11 Feb 1963
SS.PPM.03.03.RM
The Beatles
Released on
UK: Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
US: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing 1963.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987.
Album version mixed from take 3

4. Chains (Goffin/King) 2:21
Regular
RM Take 1
11 Feb 1963
SS.PPM.04.01.RM
The Beatles
4 takes were recorded. Take 1 & 4 were complete. Take 2 & 3 were false starts.
All tapes were destroyed. Take 1 was used for the CV.
UK: Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
US: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing 1963.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987.
Album version mixed from take 1

5. Boys (Dixon/Farrell) 2:24
Regular
RM Take 1
11 Feb 1963
SS.PPM.05.01.RM
The Beatles
Only one take was recorded.
Appears on:
UK: Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
US: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing 1963.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987.
Album version mixed from take 1

6. Ask Me Why (Lennon/McCartney) 2:24
Regular
RM Take 6 - UK/US LP
26 Nov 1962
SS.PPM.06.06.RM
The Beatles
Recorded in 6 takes.
LP mono mix. Issued in UK on "Please Please Me" mono LP & CD and the EP "All My Loving".
Issued in USA on "Introducing The Beatles" mono LP (second version).
Released on:
UK: Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
US: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing second issue 1963, Vee Jay VJ 581 single 1964.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987, EMI single 1988.
Album version mixed from take 6

7. Please Please Me (Lennon/McCartney) 2:00
Regular
RM Take Unknown
26 Nov 1962
SS.PPM.07.xx.RM
The Beatles
Mono mix based on unknown takes (possibly takes 16, 17 & 18).
UK: Parlophone R4983 single 1963, Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
US: Vee Jay VJ 498 single 1963, Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing second issue 1963.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987, EMI single 1988, EMI CDP 7 97036 2 The Beatles 1962-1966 1993.
Album version mixed from take ?

8. Baby It's You (David/Bacharach/Williams) 2:36
Regular
RM Take 5
11 Feb 1963
SS.PPM.10.05.RM
The Beatles
Released on "Please Please Me" UK mono LP and on "Introducing The Beatles" (both versions) US mono LP.
Recorded in 3 takes + 3 overdubs takes of celeste and piano (George Martin only). The piano overdub was never used while one of the celeste overdubs combined with take 3 became take 5.
UK: Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
US: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing 1963.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987.
Album version mixed from take 3

9. Do You Want To Know A Secret (Lennon/McCartney) 1:55
Regular
11 Feb 1963
The Beatles
Album version mixed from take 8

10. A Taste Of Honey (Marlow/Scott) 2:02
Regular
RM1 Take 7 - UK/US
11 Feb 1963
SS.PM.12.07.RM1
The Beatles
Regular mono mix: take 7 RM1.
Released on
UK: Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
US: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing 1963.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987.
Album version mixed from take 7

11. There's A Place (Lennon/McCartney) 1:49
Regular
11 Feb 1963
The Beatles
Album version mixed from take 13

12. Twist And Shout (Russell/Medley) 2:32
Regular
11 Feb 1963
The Beatles
Album version mixed from take 2