11:44 AM GMT 21/05/2013
To mark 50 years since the release of The Beatles' debut LP Please, Please Me, artists including Graham Coxon, Stereophonics, Beverley Knight and I Am Kloot got together yesterday to recreate the landmark album for BBC Radio 2's anniversary show 12 Hours To Please Me.
A film documenting the broadcast is now set to air this Friday, February 15, on BBC4 at 9pm.
On February 11 1963, unaware that they were about to change popular music forever, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr entered Abbey Road Studio 2 for a 12-hour session to cut the 11 tracks that would make up their debut album release. 50 years later to the day, a diverse selection of artists entered the same studio for another 12-hour session to re-record the Fab Four's classic.
Stereophonics took on album opener I Saw Her Standing There after busking it outside, in the snow, with Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans. Paul Carrack performed Misery whilst Mick Hucknall got stuck in to Arthur Alexander's Anna (Go To Him), one of six cover versions on the original album. I Am Kloot pulled off an affecting Chains, probably the day's standout performance, before Manfred Mann's Paul Jones joined Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze to recreate the title track.
20-year old Gabrielle Aplin, the same age George Harrison was at the original session, bagsied There's A Place, and Blur's Graham Coxon played Baby It's You, accompanied by a quartet of female singers to emulate girl-group The Shirelles, who recorded the original hit version of the Bacharach & David song. Last up was Beverley Knight with a show-stopping, adrenalized Twist And Shout, which drew the session to a close. Other contributors included Joss Stone and Ian Broudie.
Though the line-up was slightly more stolid than it perhaps needed to be, it was great to hear some of today's stars grapple with the quick-smart recording practices of yore, just when the value of old-school guerilla recording is being reassessed, by Toy/Hot Chip producer Dan Carey, among others. The results should make interesting viewing.
Posted by Ross_Bennett at 2:29 PM GMT 12/02/2013