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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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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.

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Wildcat - apologies for going off topic a bit back there upthread. And no, my interest in The Beatles as the awesome band that the were (are?), is not bigger in any way because of the possible relationship between Brian and Pete, or Brian and John, or Brian and any other person for that matter. Nor do I think that anybody's interest in the group is down to that.

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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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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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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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Is there any live recording of this song? ...

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Yes @Shamrock Womlbs. They did it live on the BBC radio show 'Easy Beat' on the 20th October 1963 and its on the iTunes release 'The Beatles Bootleg Recording Sessions 1963'. 

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Ah! that's cool, because i heard (or read) George saying that their live version used to be much better than the recorded one. I'll have a few listens to that.

 

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For anyone wondering the medley of their singles in the tv special 'Around The Beatles' (see spoiler below) was pre-recorded and then mimed before a live audience. The undubbed audio circulates on bootleg.

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I really like the version they did during the Get Back sessions.  It kind of makes me wish they had worked at doing an actual version of it rather than just one pretty rough run-through.  It'd have been a good bookend to their career.

 

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Necko said
I really like the version they did during the Get Back sessions.  It kind of makes me wish they had worked at doing an actual version of it rather than just one pretty rough run-through.  It'd have been a good bookend to their career.

 

  

Should have been on 'Anthology 3'. No idea why it wasn't. Would have been far more interesting than 'Mailman Bring Me No Blues' - but that was on 'Sessions' says a boring Apple spokesman.

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That Get Back version is awesome. You could hear that music on Beale Street on any Friday or Saturday night.

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That Get Back version is awesome. You could hear that music on Beale Street on any Friday or Saturday night.  

...while smelling the enticing aroma of BBQ. Mmmmmmmm, Beale Street. 

Great vid, Necko - thanks. mal-evans

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I heart that Get Back sessions "Love Me Do" hardcore.  And you know, yes, it takes me right to Beale Street. Now I want me some BBQ darn it!

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It's 55 years ago today that The Beatles first record was released. john-lennon-salute_gif

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I was watching the video for this a few minutes ago whilst writing a German letter. 

 

George has the stage presence of a fish in it! Looks like he has no idea what he's doing, bless his little heart. 

 

Also, 15-year old ASJ's major crush on George Harrison is still roaring, you'd think it would have subsided over the years but no a-hard-days-night-paul-7

 

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I wonder what harmonica John used on this song. The song is in G major and is basically built around the first (G), fourth (C) and fifth (D), yet the distinctive harmonica riff uses the flattened seventh (F) which isn't in the G major scale. It does include that chord in the bridge (on the 'one' in 'someone like you'). I'm going to assume that John used a C major harmonica for this one since it's the only major scale that fits. Let me know if anybody has a different interpretation. 

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Also, 15-year old ASJ's major crush on George Harrison is still roaring, you'd think it would have subsided over the years but no a-hard-days-night-paul-7 

What can I say, your George-love is forever. john-lennon-salute_gifheart
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@QuarryMan said
I wonder what harmonica John used on this song. The song is in G major and is basically built around the first (G), fourth (C) and fifth (D), yet the distinctive harmonica riff uses the flattened seventh (F) which isn't in the G major scale. It does include that chord in the bridge (on the 'one' in 'someone like you'). I'm going to assume that John used a C major harmonica for this one since it's the only major scale that fits. Let me know if anybody has a different interpretation.   

It's a strange case, to be sure. When the lads and I played it, our harmonica player just used two harmonicas: a C for the riff and switching to a G for the solo. He had to get pretty good at harp-swapping too. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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I was watching the video for this a few minutes ago whilst writing a German letter. 

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