By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and that was obviously the mentality of a group musicians looking to give the Beatles’ album Please Please Me a proper 50th anniversary.
Originally released on March 22nd, 1963, the album was famously recorded a few weeks earlier in just 12 hours at Abbey Road Studios in London. On Monday (February 11th), precisely five decades to the date, artists such as Joss Stone, The Stereophonics and Mick Hucknail hit that very same studio to recreate the album that still resonates so soundly in popular culture.
BBC Radio 2 (via BBC News) broadcasted the performances as they were being recorded in a special event hosted by Jo Whiley and Stuart Maconie, with new versions of “Love Me Do,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “A Taste of Honey,” “Twist and Shout” and the title track, “Please Please Me” all featured.
Maconie said of the legendary LP, “It's the first album of the rock era, really. That's what people forget. It was all about singles and it was the first self-contained album and it did change the whole rock era.”
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