Studio One control room, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
While The Beatles have been justly celebrated for recording 10 songs for the Please Please Me album in one day, work on the release was far from over. On this day producer George Martin oversaw the editing and mixing of mono and stereo tracks, ahead of its 22 March 1963 release date.
Two sessions took place, from 10am-1pm, and 2.30-5.45pm. The morning session began with an edit of ‘I Saw Her Standing There’’s takes nine and 12, followed by mono mixes of ‘Anna (Go To Him)’, ‘Boys’, ‘Chains’, ‘Misery’, ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, ‘There’s A Place’, I Saw Her Standing There, ‘Twist And Shout’, and ‘A Taste Of Honey’.
Martin then continued with stereo mixes of ‘Anna (Go To Him)’, ‘Boys’, ‘Chains’, ‘Misery’, ‘Baby It’s You’, ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, ‘There’s A Place’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘Twist And Shout’, and ‘A Taste Of Honey’.
The afternoon session was no less productive. An edit of takes 16, 17 and 18 of ‘Please Please Me’ was the first to be made, before mono mixes of ‘Ask Me Why’, ‘Misery’, and ‘Baby It’s You’ were made.
Stereo mixes of Ask Me Why, Please Please Me, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘PS I Love You’ were also created, the latter two from the 11 September 1962 mono mixes. The final song to be worked on was ‘Misery’, which was mixed in stereo.
Also on this day...
- 2020: George Harrison Woodland Walk in Liverpool announced
- 1972: UK single release: Give Ireland Back To The Irish by Wings
- 1970: Recording, mixing: You Always Hurt The One You Love by Ringo Starr
- 1970: Recording, mixing: Man We Was Lonely by Paul McCartney
- 1969: Recording: Old Brown Shoe, All Things Must Pass, Something
- 1968: George Harrison celebrates his 25th birthday in India
- 1965: Filming: Help!, the Bahamas
- 1964: George Harrison’s 21st birthday
- 1964: Recording: Can’t Buy Me Love, You Can’t Do That, And I Love Her, I Should Have Known Better
- 1963: Live: Casino Ballroom, Leigh
- 1962: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Lathom Hall, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
- 1943: George Harrison is born
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“An edit of takes 16, 17 and 18 of Please Please Me was the first to be made”
I never knew that. So the single version was different to the album version? You learn something knew every day. Take 18 was the overdubbed version of take 17 though so which part was the non-overdubbed take, and which part was take 16?