With The Beatles
Friday 22nd November, 1963 is still remembered by many, who lived through it as the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Earlier on that eventful day, Parlophone had released the Beatles’ second album.
With The Beatles carried on where Please Please Me had left off, melding more Lennon-McCartney originals with further highlights from their stage set. It also included the song-writing debut of their twenty-year old, Lead Guitarist, George Harrison.
While the majority of their debut album had been completed in one day, The Beatles had to record their second release in-between other engagements that included, concert tours, numerous radio and TV performances (including the prestigious Sunday Night At The London Palladium) and their first international tour to Sweden. It was around this time that the term “Beatlemania” was first coined and this was very much in evidence when they took part in that year’s Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. If that wasn’t enough they also had to write, record and promote three new 45’s all of which reached the no.1 spot in the UK charts.
None of the tracks from With The Beatles was released as a single in the UK and the distinctive black and white cover shot by Robert Freeman also broke new ground for a pop album.
With The Beatles shot to No. 1 in the Britain replacing Please Please Me and remained there for 21 of the 51 weeks it spent in the Top Twenty.
Like Please Please Me it didn’t receive a US release until 1987 but the cover shot was used on their debut album for Capitol Records “Meet The Beatles” – which also included nine of the tracks from the British release plus three other songs including their first US hit - “I Want To Hold Your Hand”.
NME Friday, November 15, 1963
‘With The Beatles’ advance orders already hover on the brink of 300,000. The new album is a complete contrast to the Beatles’ first album ‘Please Please Me’. This was recorded in one day. It’s a tribute to their talent that this one session has already produced two numbers which have found a place in the Top Thirty.
If there are any Beatle-haters left in Britain, I doubt they’ll remain unmoved after hearing ‘With The Beatles’. I’ll even go this far: if it doesn’t stay at the top of the NME LP Chart for at least eight weeks, I’ll walk up and down Liverpool’s Lime Street carrying an “I Hate The Beatles” sandwich-board.
- George Martin
- Principal Engineer
- Norman Smith
- With The Beatles
- The Beatles
- 22 November 1963
- 18 July – 23 October 1963, Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
- Rock and roll, pop, beat music
- George Martin
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With The Beatles (side 1) - Parlophone yellow and black label. With The Beatles is The Beatles' second UK album, recorded four months after the band's first album and released on 22 November 1963 on Parlophone in mono (catalogue number PMC 1206) and stereo (PCS 3045.) The album features eight original compositions (including the first by George Harrison) and six covers, mostly of Motown and R&B hits. Most of the songs from the album were released in the United States as Meet The Beatles! on 20 January 1964, and the remaining that were not, were released on their next U.S. album, The Beatles' Second Album. The LP had advance orders of a half million and sold another half million by September 1965 — making it the second album to sell a million copies in the UK (the first being the South Pacific soundtrack). It stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks, displacing Please Please Me, so that the Beatles occupied the top spot for 51 consecutive weeks. It even reached number eleven in the "singles charts" (because at the time UK charts counted all records sold, regardless of format). In 2003, the album was ranked number 420 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. On 26 February 1987, With The Beatles was officially released on Compact disc (in mono only, catalogue number CDP 7 46436 2), as were three other of the Beatles' albums, Please Please Me, A Hard Day's Night, and Beatles for Sale. Having been available only as an import in the US in the past, the album was also issued domestically in the US on LP and cassette on 21 July 1987. Along with all the other original UK studio albums, it will be rereleased on CD in newly remastered versions on 9 September 2009 in stereo and mono
Mark Lewisohn:Lewisohn, M. (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. The Official Abbey Road Years (1962-1970). New York: Harmony Books. ISBN 0-517-57066-1. ;The Beatles George Harrison – lead, harmony and background vocals; lead and acoustic guitars; handclaps; nylon-string acoustic guitar on "Till There Was You" John Lennon – lead, harmony and background vocals; rhythm and acoustic guitars; harmonica and handclaps; nylon-string acoustic guitar on "Till There Was You"; Hammond organ on "I Wanna Be Your Man" and tambourine on "Don't Bother Me" Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and background vocals; bass guitar and handclaps; piano on "Little Child" and claves on "Don't Bother Me" Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine, maracas, handclaps; lead vocals on "I Wanna Be Your Man" and Arabian loose-skin bongo on "Don't Bother Me" ;Production Robert Freeman – cover photograph George Martin – arrangements, producer and mixer; piano on "You Really Got a Hold on Me", "Money (That´s What I Want)" and "Not A Second Time" Norman Smith: engineer and mixer
Beatlebob :) on 21st May 13:
“I wish that I was with The Beatles!”
jorgebeatle77 on 5th Jan 13:
“that is another perfect album... that disc is amazing and the songs incredibles.... The Beatles are the best forever... in this times...”
Fan Beatle 19 on 15th Sep 12:
“uno de los mejores albunes de la historia”
olesley on 24th Jul 12:
“Love it all - my first vinyl album - love all of them”
Paul.George-Lover on 23rd May 12:
“awesome album I love the first 4 and roll over beethoven and please mr postman <3”
soapy33 on 4th Apr 12:
“All my loving to this album!!!!!!!!”
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AngelBeatle on 29th Dec 11:
“mi album favorito :D”
MsAmorea1000 on 19th Dec 11:
“This is my favorite album!”
divbeatles_fans on 16th Dec 11:
“LOVE IT SO MUCH!! AAAA i'm stuck in 60's!!!”
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