‘Please Please Me to With the Beatles’ Book is Next in Series

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The latest title in a notable series on The Beatles’ recorded output has been published by author Bruce Spizer. The Beatles Please Please Me to With The Beatles, the author’s 15th title on the band, arrived October 17, 2023, via 498 Productions. The 9″ x 9″ hardcover book, matching the other books in Spizer’s acclaimed Beatles album series, is 272 pages and contains over 290 color and original black and white images. It’s available to order in the U.S. here and the U.K. here, or via the Amazon links below.

From the announcement: Please Please Me and With The Beatles, along with their associated singles, introduced the Beatles first to England and then to several countries across the world, including Canada and the United States. Although often overlooked due to the excellence of the group’s later albums, these early albums contain the exciting songs that fueled Beatlemania. These albums showcased the songwriting talents of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as well as incredible cover versions of songs from the group’s stage show. Had the Beatles not evolved and matured, the group would still be well respected for the quality of the recordings on these two albums. In addition to the usual chapters on the British, American and Canadian perspectives, the book contains chapters on the Decca audition and the EMI artists test session. There are also chapters on the recording sessions and album covers, as well as on the news, music and films of the era to place these albums in their proper context.

Related: Best Classic Bands’ feature story on The Beatles’ Decca audition

The new title follows 2022’s The Beatles Rubber Soul to Revolver, which coincided with the band’s deluxe editions of 1966’s Revolver. The rumor mill insists that the band’s 2023 remastering project will focus on the Beatles’ so-called “red” and “blue” albums, originally released in 1973.

Spizer has appeared on several national TV programs (ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s Early Show, CNN, Fox) and radio outlets as a Beatles expert and has given presentations at the Grammy Museum, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and Beatles conventions in the U.S. and Liverpool. He serves as a consultant on Beatles projects for Universal Music Group, Capitol Records, and Apple Corps, Ltd. He lives in New Orleans, La.

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Best Classic Bands Staff

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