LOST IN THE NOISE

March 10 — PLEASE PLEASE ME, The Beatles (1963)

imageGeorge Martin, known as “the fifth Beatle,” died this week in England. Martin produced all 13 Beatles albums, challenging the group on everything from arrangements to tempo to song selection. He is credited with bringing the band’s grand images — “I want a circus theme,” said John Lennon of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” — to life in the studio with orchestra instruments, tape loops and odd noise-makers. When the band played him their first song, he told them it was boring. “Play it at twice the speed,” he said of “Please Please Me.” When they complied, he congratulated them. “You’ve just recorded your first No. 1 hit.”

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