Not Fade Away: The Beatles’ Debut LP ‘Please Please Me’ Turns 50

In Not Fade Away, we take a look at the legacy of some of the greatest albums of the past few decades – some iconic, some lesser known – as they celebrate significant anniversaries. Here, we take a look at The Beatles’ debut LP, Please Please Me.

The Beatles adopt a do-it-yourself approach from the very beginning. They write their own lyrics, design and eventually build their own instrumental backdrops and work out their own vocal arrangements. Their music is wild, pungent, hard-hitting, uinhibited… and personal.”

The above gem comes from the liner notes to The Beatles’ Please Please Me, which turned 50 this past weekend. There are so many things that The Beatles are remembered for, chief among them an unmatched catalog of songs. There have been way too many bands to count that started in The Beatles’ wake, and it’s likely that most of them write their own lyrics, as well as “design their own instrumental backdrops” (i.e. compose their own music) and work out their own

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