Album facts: With the Beatles

On November 22nd 1963, the Beatles released their second album in the UK, With the Beatles, the band's follow up to Please Please Me, released in March of the same year.

Although Please Please Me was more or less recorded in one day, With the Beatles was recorded over the course of a few months. The band were more in demand at this stage and had to work recordings around concert performances and TV spots.

The album was recorded over a three month period between July 18th and October 23rd. As with their previous album Please Please Me, this LP included a mix of Beatles' originals and older rock and roll standards; 7 Lennon/McCartney compositions plus George Harrison's Don't Bother Me; his first song released on a Beatles' album.

There were no singles released off the album, but With the Beatles rocketed to top of the UK albums chart on December 7th, 1963, dislodging Please Please Me and remaining there for 21 weeks.

With the Beatles album cover. Photograph by Robert Freeman, 1963. 

With the Beatles album cover. Photograph by Robert Freeman, 1963. 

Track listing

  1. It Won't Be Long
  2. All I've Got to Do
  3. All My Loving
  4. Don't Bother Me
  5. Little Child
  6. Till There Was You
  7. Please Mister Postman
  8. Roll Over Beethoven
  9. Hold Me Tight
  10. You Really Got a Hold on Me
  11. I Wanna Be Your Man
  12. Devil in Her Heart
  13. Not a Second Time
The Beatles on tour in the UK, 1963. 

The Beatles on tour in the UK, 1963. 

"We could play different stuff live than what was recorded and still have stuff left over for the next album." - Paul McCartney  
"I remember thinking this is it, we've made it but didn't think what was to come next." George Harrison

 Personnel

  • George Harrison – lead, harmony and backing vocals; lead and acoustic guitars; handclaps; nylon-string acoustic guitar on "Till There Was You"
  • John Lennon – lead, harmony and backing vocals; rhythm and acoustic guitars; harmonica and handclaps; nylon-string acoustic guitar on "Till There Was You"; Hammond organ on "I Wanna Be Your Man" and tambourine on "Don't Bother Me"
  • Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar and handclaps; piano on "Little Child" and claves on "Don't Bother Me"
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine, maracas, handclaps; lead vocals on "I Wanna Be Your Man" and Arabian loose-skin bongo on "Till There Was You" and "Don't Bother Me"

Production

  • Robert Freeman – cover photograph
  • George Martin – arrangement, production and mixing; piano on "You Really Got a Hold on Me", "Not a Second Time" and "Money (That's What I Want)"
  • Norman Smith – engineering and mixing
With the Beatles review, 1963. 

With the Beatles review, 1963.