Editing, mixing: Please Please Me album

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.

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