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Little Gems in the Songs
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For those of us who have been more than casual listeners to the music of The Beatles, I suspect many of us have favorite bits and pieces within each song, those segments that we look forward to hearing - a musical line, a guitar riff, a vocal flip, a drumming pattern, or whatever.  I'm writing a series of articles on my favorite "BeatleBits" in each song, album by album.  The first article, exploring Please Please Me, is posted, complete with sound clips.  These always put a smile on my face, and I'm all for sharing a smile on a Friday afternoon, so please ... be my guest. :)

 

What are your favorite bits and bites from this album?

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Do you mean Please Please Me (the album) or PPM (the song)?a-hard-days-night-george-1

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PeterWeatherby said:

For those of us who have been more than casual listeners to the music of The Beatles, I suspect many of us have favorite bits and pieces within each song, those segments that we look forward to hearing - a musical line, a guitar riff, a vocal flip, a drumming pattern, or whatever.  I'm writing a series of articles on my favorite "BeatleBits" in each song, album by album.  The first article, exploring Please Please Me, is posted, complete with sound clips.  These always put a smile on my face, and I'm all for sharing a smile on a Friday afternoon, so please ... be my guest. :)

 

What are your favorite bits and bites from this album?


 

Awesome!!

 

I think I agree with you in all!! My favorite bit is the way John sings "come on...". Another bit I love is in that song, Please Please Me, there's a part with George and Ringo.... at the end of "these words to my girl" the drums and the guitar sound so tight, you can feel they're so familiar with the song and yet, giving it all into the recording.

 

And you really hit the mark with my favorite line in Do You Want To Know A Secret?, the "I'm". a-hard-days-night-george-1

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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Happy Nat said:

Do you mean Please Please Me (the album) or PPM (the song)?a-hard-days-night-george-1


 

The album.

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mithveaen said:

And you really hit the mark with my favorite line in Do You Want To Know A Secret?, the "I'm". a-hard-days-night-george-1


 

Uh-oh ... I think I've discovered a fellow George-o-phile. :)

 

(That is, if profile pics count for anything.)

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Excellent idea, I really enjoyed reading it! I entirely agree with your analysis of 'Misery' (I always "shend" along with them! And yes, I believe it's Paul), a-hard-days-night-paul-2'Ask Me Why' (yes, the rasp!), 'Do You Want To Know A Secret' (-sigh- The growwwwwwl) and 'There's a Place', which is overall a great song, love the harmony!

I myself, in 'I Saw Her Standing There', only listen to the "one, two, three, FAW!" And, pray tell, which 'come on' are you talking about in your 'Please Please Me' entry? a-hard-days-night-john-3

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The whole Please Please Me album is terrific, but the song "Please Please Me" is truly one of the greatest rock & roll numbers ever recorded.  It's perfection from start to finish, chock full of singable, clever lines and musical hooks.

The opening:  The drop-down first two notes, followed by John's harmonica sounding like a blast of fresh air…this really announced the Beatles to the world. 

Then the lyrics begin, starting high and descending rapidly…"Last night I said these words to my girl"…then the instrumentation swiftly rises back up the scale to the beginning, where the descent begins again.  Then it's followed by the guitar hook.  Dun dun den den dun.  Then the wonderful call-and-response sexual urging:  "Come on (come on!)…"

In the middle of the song you get a brilliant bit of rhyming:  "I don't want to sound complainin' but you know there's always rain in my heart." 

The song never lets up.  Even the ending.  Consider that most recorded songs end in a fade-out…as if the artist can't figure out a way out of the mess he created.  "Please Please Me" ends with "Like I please yoooouuu" that rises up and down over four bursts of Ringo's drums.  No wimpy fade-out here...the drum bursts sound like four exclamation points.

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I don't think there's anything better than Paul's last three YOOOOOOUUUU's in Please Please Me, just incredible!

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A Taste Of Honey,tasting much shweeter than wine!  Actually, I prefer a more tart wine!

 

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PeterWeatherby said:

mithveaen said:

And you really hit the mark with my favorite line in Do You Want To Know A Secret?, the "I'm". a-hard-days-night-george-1


 

Uh-oh ... I think I've discovered a fellow George-o-phile. :)

 

(That is, if profile pics count for anything.)


 

You do. What I admire of him the most is that he could make a name for himself in The Beatles despite living under the shadow of Lennon/McCartney. a-hard-days-night-george-2

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Alissa said:

I myself, in 'I Saw Her Standing There', only listen to the "one, two, three, FAW!" And, pray tell, which 'come on' are you talking about in your 'Please Please Me' entry? a-hard-days-night-john-3


 

Also one of my favorite bits. And I think Please Please Me is growing a lot on me. Man, I should start listening to With the Beatles and Beatles For Sale more often ...

 

So, my question is, is this analysis going to be done for all the albums??

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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Not a bit like Cagney.
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PeterWeatherby said:

Alissa: I was referring to very first "Come on!" that follows the last verse - were you able to download the sound file and listen to it?

mithveaen: Absolutely, I intend to do this same exercise, complete with sound clips, for all of the songs on all of the albums.

The amount of discussion this little project has generated on this thread has very much please-pleased me!  I've really enjoyed hearing the input of others on their favorite moments on the PPM album (the comment about "tasting much shweeter than wine" made me LOL - that might become one of my new favorite bits on that song!).

I'll post a link here when I finish the sound clip and analysis on With the Beatles.


Oh! Didn't see that before, that's great! brian-epstein

Question though: what version of "Please Please Me" is that? I know it's not Anthology (or, not the anthology version I have) and not the one on the album- I can't place which version has a laugh! I'd love to download it, which is it?

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The second installment is up, highlighting a few special spots on With the Beatles.

Tell me about your favorite "bits" on this album, won't you?

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I just love the harmony of I Wanna Be Your Man, it just sounds like they're having so much fun letting Ringo sing this song.

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