This is the second day of my version of Beatles Week. Head over to MadMup.com for the original.
Please Please Me
Album: Please Please Me
According to Beatlesongs this was Lennon’s attempt at producing a Roy Orbison song. It was the group’s second single, but their first #1. Tell Me Why analyzes the song saying “…he wants this woman to do more than just hold his hand.”
I’m very pleased. This Christmas I asked for one present only, and I got it. The Beatles In Mono box set. I really wanted to get it when it was first announced, but knew that it was a long shot. I have a hard enough time justifying a single CD purchase these days, let alone a massive (and pricey) box set. It isn’t because we don’t have a lot of space for CDs, which we don’t, but it’s simply an economic matter. We have a number of mouths to feed, sp spending $20 on a CD is a bit of a luxury these days.
For most music lovers the “regular” Beatles box set will be more than enough with all of the group’s albums remastered. More “hardcore” Beatles fans know that the mono versions of the songs are not just the same songs and albums with the left and right channels spliced together. Heck, I wonder how many modern music fans even know what monophonic sound actually means.
I won’t go into how long I’ve been a Beatles fan, or go into too much detail about my level of fandom. Well, maybe a little bit. I have an original Vee Jay LP “Introducing The Beatles” which is one of the crown jewels in my record collection. I still hold dear me entire collection of vinyl, with a large swath of it occupied by The Fab Four.
Perhaps you remember my fiasco at Best Buy when I tried to purchase the cymbal pack for my Beatles Rock Band drum set. As I was leaving the store, I noticed there was a stack of The Beatles In Stereo box sets on display, with one lone The Beatles In Mono box set. When I had returned home, I told Laura what I saw, and that if I got nothing else for Christmas this was what I wanted. I knew the mono box set was produced in limited quantities and that seeing one was going to be a rare occurrence, especially at this point in time, even more so in the new year.
While it wasn’t a great surprise, I was still quite pleased to open the present. Because it is such a pricey set, I wasn’t actually expecting the set. Later on, my wife told me that she purchased the set at a completely different retailer while out shopping for other presents for our children. She did, however, start looking for the box set after I had told her about it.
So, thank you Laura. I really like my gift.