60 Years Ago: George Martin Prepares Album; Beatles Resume Helen Shapiro Tour
On Monday, February 25, 1963, George Martin and his engineers at Abbey Road prepared the mono and stereo masters for the recently recorded Beatles album. The 14 songs selected for the album were mixed and banded in their running order. Although Martin has been quoted as saying the stereo album was prepared several weeks after the mono album, that is not correct. Both mono and stereo master tapes were prepared that day.
As was the case in the early days, the Beatles were not present for the mixing and banding session. Instead, they were heading to Lancashire for a concert at the Casino Ballroom in Leigh.
The Helen Shapiro tour resumed on Tuesday with a concert at the Gaumont Cinema in Taunton, Somerset, although Shapiro had a severe cold and was unable to perform. Danny Williams took her place as the headliner. (Although the Please Please Me single was moving up the charts, the promoter did not think the Beatles were ready for headline status.) Shapiro also missed the Wednesday night show at the Rialto Theatre in York, Yorkshire.
On February 28, 1963, John and Paul wrote From Me To You while riding on the artists’ tour bus. The song would be recorded less than a week later at Abbey Road. That evening, Shapiro returned for the show at the Granada Cinema in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The following night the tour was in Southport, Lancashire for a concert at the Odeon Cinema.
On Saturday, March 2, the Beatles were on the bill for the tour’s concert at the City Hall in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Later that evening, the group and Brian Epstein traveled to Manchester for an interview on the ABC TV program ABC At Large, which was broadcast live that evening from 11:00 – 11:50 p.m. The group did not perform, but was shown miming Please Please Me on a video clip previously broadcast on Thank Your Lucky Stars. The Helen Shapiro tour concluded on Sunday with a concert at the Gaumont Cinema in Hanley, Staffordshire.
Today’s trivia questions pertain to the mixing and banding of Please Please Me album.
- What songs did George Martin select to open and close the Please Please Me album?
- What two songs appear in fake stereo on the stereo version of the Please Please Me album?
- Was the Love Me Do single included on the Please Please Me album?
- What song on the stereo Please Please Me album is noticeably different than its version on the mono album?
- What word did George Martin use to describe the type of rocker he used to open and close the Please Please Me album?
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