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13 October 2012
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The 50th anniversary pressing of Love Me Do is being rereleased on 22nd October after the previous one was recalled just before release. You can preorder it the official beatles store.

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13 October 2012
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GREAT News, meanmistermustard, and I'm glad to have read it here first - Amazon had better have my replacement copy in the mail the day it gets there!

Nothing more I wanted to add to this discussion, except that, as usual, I overlook the obvious:

Joe - If they'd wanted an early collaboration to be their first single, they couldn't have chosen much better than I Saw Her Standing There. Imagine how that would have sounded to listeners in 1962.

I withdraw my earlier rationale, and laugh at my own ignorance in completely forgetting 'I Saw Her Standing There' until just reading that statement - I feel like someone introducing my family to an audience and forgetting to mention my twin sibling!

Seriously - releasing 'I Saw Her Standing There' as their debut single would have been a complete game-changer; I simply cannot imagine how powerful an impact a debut like that would have had if it were the first song anyone had ever heard from The Beatles, a genuine, instant-classic ROCKER, on a par with Elvis and 'That's Alright Mama', Bill Haley & The Comets' 'Rock Around the Clock', Buddy Holly's 'Peggy Sue'...

Debate, and defending one's arguments for or against something, is important and worthwhile in pursuance of a conclusary definition, or explanation, or final conclusion that can lay to rest, or provide a satisfactory concept to, an issue that most others can accept, whether they are in total agreement or begrudgingly resigned to the facts.

I thought I had a perfectly reasonable and convincing explanation for the choice of 'Love Me Do' as The Beatles' first single; however, my blatantly obvious overlooking of 'I Saw Her Standing There' takes me out of this debate altogether.

I don't even have time to feel embarrassed for myself, because I'm now obssessing as to why and how everyone who had ever heard that song didn't consider it to be the most deserving and impressive A-side single release above all other existing material from the Lennon/McCartney compositions up to that time.

My goodness, admitting total ignorance takes up a lot of writing time.

13 October 2012
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I Saw Her Standing There was about but had a harmonica running thru it and the beatles were still working it out, well thats what the cavern rehearsal shows us. Put it in the Please Please Me folder; about but not quite there. If PPM had been right that would have been the first single above everything else.

Anyway the beatles wanted Love Me Do.

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15 October 2012
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I think you're right MMM. We know they had the song from Mike McCartney's Forthlin Road photos, but I don't think it was a regular part of their live set in June 1962 (I may be wrong). The only setlist I'm aware of from that era was from a Manchester show in February 1962, and they were still mostly doing cover versions: The Hippy Hippy Shake, Sweet Little Sixteen, The Sheik Of Araby, September In The Rain, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Take Good Care Of My Baby, Till There Was You, Memphis, Tennessee, What A Crazy World We Live In, Like Dreamers Do, Money (That's What I Want), Young Blood, The Honeymoon Song, Hello Little Girl, So How Come (No One Loves Me), Ooh! My Soul, To Know Her Is To Love Her, Roll Over Beethoven, The Love Of The Loved, Dance/Twist In The Streets, Dream, and Searchin'.

Perhaps when it looked more likely that they were going to get a recording contract, they had a proper think about what sort of band they wanted to be, decided to improve the songwriting and brush up the existing numbers, and by the end of the year they were playing I Saw Her Standing There in Hamburg (it's on the Star-Club album).

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22 October 2012
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Did anyone order the 50th anniversary rerereleased Love Me Do single (release date scheduled for today), just got word that its been "delayed" yet amazon say its in stock. Have sent an email to thebeatles store to find out if delayed means shelved or at a later date  but was wondering if anyone knew anything.

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