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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “There’s A Place” (take 1)

Posted by on December 2, 2013 at 5:00 am.

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week. When The Beatles’ second Parlophone single, “Please Please Me,” started rushing up the British charts, the idea of getting a Beatles debut album out gained a new level of urgency. Producer George Martin was keen on striking while the iron was hot. He booked them for three sessions at EMI Studio 2 on February 11th, 1963 with the plan of getting ten more songs recorded to accompany the four sides of their first two singles for a customary 14-track British LP. To draw attention to the included #1 hit single, the album would also be called Please Please Me.

The Beatles, with John Lennon and Paul McCartney up front, recording their Please Please Please Me debut LP in February 1963.

The Beatles, with John Lennon and Paul McCartney up front, recording their Please Please Please Me debut LP in February 1963.

 

Although they needed ten new tracks, The Beatles actually did one better and recorded 11 with their composition “Hold Me Tight” being left off and rerecorded later for the follow-up album With The Beatles. Six of the tracks on the album were to be covers that they had performed on stage hundreds of times, meaning they would be able to knock those out quickly with very few overdubs. They decided to get their own compositions recorded first, starting the 10am session with a song primarily penned by John Lennon called “There’s A Place.”

The title for “There’s A Place” was inspired by the line “there’s a place for us” in the song “Somewhere,” written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim for the soundtrack to the film West Side Story. Paul McCartney remembers owning the record at the time “There’s A Place” was composed. The place being described in the song is within the mind, making it deeper than most of the subject matter of pop songs of the day, which were often simpler boy-meets-girl type love songs. John, a fan of the Motown style, wanted to write something with a similar feel.

Ten takes were recorded of “There’s A Place” before they were satisfied. The Beatles simply performed the track live in the studio and that is almost what we are hearing on the album, with the main exception being the later addition of John’s harmonica overdubs, completed in three takes later in the day.

For BROW this week, I’m featuring the “warm-up” take 1, which was the very first of all their recordings for that day. Despite John and Paul both suffering from seasonal colds (Paul can be heard coughing just before take 1 starts), the take comes over almost as well as the final take 10 that was used on the master, with only a slight over-hesitation noted with the guitar during the intro.

 

The Beatles - There's A Place

 

Extra info: “There’s A Place” was composed mainly by John Lennon at Paul McCartney’s 20 Forthlin Rd home. It was used in their stage repertoire in 1963 and was recorded several times for their BBC performances in July and August of that year.

 


Beatles music/literature makes great gifts for the holiday season. Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:

1) Please Please Me – 2009 CD (or vinyl) remaster of original stereo 1963 debut Beatles album, featuring finalized mix of “There’s A Place.”

2) On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 Just released 2013 2-CD (or 3-disc vinyl) compilation of BBC recordings made by The Beatles between 1963 and 1965. Includes a a 1963 performance of “There’s A Place.”

3) The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970 – a collection of surviving transcripts of The Beatles BBC radio and television appearances from 1962 – 1970 (Kindle or Hardback editions).

4) With The Beatles – 2009 CD (or vinyl) remaster of original 1963 stereo LP, featuring “Hold Me Tight” originally recorded in the Please Please Me LP sessions.

5) Any of your favorite Beatles-related music: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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15 Comments

  • Josef Praks says:

    Actually, I think this is the very start of the path to “Strawberry Fields Forever” – you can trace it starting with this song and then you can find it in “I Call Your Name” “I´m a Loser” and “I´m Only Sleeping”, “It´s Only Love”, “Every Little Thing” or “Tomorrow Never Knows”. I am making myself such an “in deep” selection of songs that “go together well”… ;) Beautiful mind and tons of inspiration had he floating – this “certain” John… Thank you for sharing this gem, Happy Nat!

  • James says:

    Superb vocals. Just like being in the studio with them.

  • YouKnowMyNameLookUpThe# says:

    Always a great track. I didn’t realize it was so “rare” because my sister had Introducing the Beatles which originally had There’s a Place and Misery on it. I hadn’t heard Ask Me Why until I got the CDs in 1987. lol Maybe sooner, but I didn’t own it and it wasn’t on anything else but Please Please Me and the “other” Introducing the Beatles LP, with a different track list, which I didn’t own.

    • Happy Nat says:

      The “There’s A Place” on Introducing The Beatles is not rare (actually it’s the same one on the widely available Please Please Me CD/LP). The one featured here is unreleased, officially anyway.

    • YouKnowMyNameLookUpThe# says:

      No, what I meant by rare and what you offered as rare are two different things. There was a time when There’s A Place and Misery were not on Introducing the Beatles and were replaced with Please Please Me and Ask Me Why. I had the version with There’s A Place and Misery instead. So for me, Ask Me Why was “rare” since I hadn’t heard that song or a couple others until I got their entire collection on CD in 1987.

      I want to mention a new story coming from Steve Marinucci today.

      Hey Nat! Did you hear the latest news? Looks like EMI is trying to put this site out of business!! (Not literally, of course). New iTunes only downloads coming next week to compete with Bootleggers in Europe!

      I think the bootleggers released stuff to complete the BBC material with the new one coming out and the remaster and the book. So within a month, Ken Howlett’s prediction that we would never have another volume because it would be too many repeats and for the true die hard fans, well, here it comes ALREADY! But not on CD, just download. For now anyway. AND There’s a Place has several takes on it.

      I won’t post the link but here is Steve’s article from his page on the Examiner. Included is the track list.

      “The Beatles will reportedly release “The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963,” a digital-only album of Beatles rare tracks exclusively to iTunes next week that will include studio outtakes and more songs recorded live for the BBC, a source with knowledge of the situation told Beatles Examiner Dec. 10.

      The 59-track release, which has not been officially announced, will take place Dec. 17 and include 15 Beatles studio outtakes and 44 more live BBC tracks to add to those already on “Live at the BBC” and “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2.” The album is to counter the recent non-EMI releases in Europe that have included Beatles tracks.

      Here’s the track list:

      1. “There’s A Place” – Takes 5, 6. 2:19
      2. “There’s A Place” – Take 8. 1:58
      3. “There’s A Place” – Take 9. 2:04
      4. “Do You Want To Known A Secret” – Track 2, Take 7. 2:17
      5. “A Taste Of Honey” – Track 2, Take 6. 2:12
      6. “I Saw Her Standing There” – Take 2. 3:07
      7. “Misery” – Take 1. 1:54
      8. “Misery” – Take 7. 1:56
      9. “From Me To You” – Take 1 & 2. 3:24
      10. “From Me To You” – Take 5. 2:17
      11. “Thank You Girl” – Take 1. 2:09
      12. “Thank You Girl” – Take 5. 2:04
      13. “One After 909” – Take 1 & 2. 4:29
      14. “Hold Me Tight” – Take 21. 2:42
      15. “Money (That’s What I Want)” – RM 7 Undubbed 2:48
      16. “Some Other Guy” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 26th January, 1963. 2:02.
      17. “Love Me Do” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 26th January, 1963. 2:31
      18. “Too Much Monkey Business” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 16th March, 1963 1:50
      19. “I Saw Her Standing There” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 16th March, 1963. 2:38.
      20. “Do You Want To Know A Secret” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 25th May, 1963 1:50
      21. “From Me To You” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 26th May, 1963. 1:54
      22. “I Got To Find My Baby” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 26th January, 1963 1:59.
      23. “Roll Over Beethoven” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 29th June, 1963 2:29
      24. “A Taste Of Honey” – Live At BBC For “Easy Beat” / 23rd June, 1963 2:01
      25. “Love Me Do” – Live At BBC For “Easy Beat” / 20th October, 1963 2:29
      26. “Please Please Me” – Live At BBC For “Easy Beat” / 20th October, 1963 2:08
      27. “She Loves You” – Live At BBC For “Easy Beat” / 20th October, 1963 2:29
      28. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 21st December, 1963 2:19
      29. “Till There Was You” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 21st December, 1963 2:16
      30. “Roll Over Beethoveen” – Live At BBC For “Saturday Club” / 21st December, 1963 2:16
      31. “You Really Got A Hold On Me” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 4th June, 1963 2:54
      32. “The Hippy Hippy Shake” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 4th June, 1963 1:43
      33. “Till There Was You” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” /11th June, 1963 2:14
      34. “A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 18th June, 1963 2:06
      35. “A Taste Of Honey” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 18th June, 1963 1:56
      36. “Money (That’s What I Want)” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 18th June, 1963 2:41
      37. “Anna” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 25th June, 1963 3:02
      38. “Love Me Do” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 10th September, 1963 2:29
      39. “She Loves You” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 24th September, 1963 2:16
      40. “I’ll Get You” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 10th September, 1963 2:05
      41. “A Taste Of Honey” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 10th September, 1963 2:00
      42. “Boys” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 17th September, 1963 2:12
      43. “Chains” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 17th September, 1963 2:22
      44. “You Really Got A Hold On Me” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 17th September, 1963
      2:57
      45. “I Saw Her Standing There” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 24th September, 1963 2:41
      46. “She Loves You” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 10th September, 1963 2:15
      47. “Twist And Shout” – Live At BBC For “Pop Go The Beatles” / 24th September, 1963 2:36
      48. “Do You Want To Know A Secret” – Live At BBC For “Here We Go” / 12th March, 1963 1:55
      49. “Please Please Me” – Live At BBC For “Here We Go” / 12th March, 1963 1:57
      50. “Long Tall Sally” – Live At BBC For “Side By Side” / 13th May, 1963 1:49
      51. “Chains” – Live At BBC For “Side By Side” / 13th May, 1963 2:23
      52. “Boys” – Live At BBC For “Side By Side” / 13th May, 1963 1:53
      53. “A Taste Of Honey” – Live At BBC For “Side By Side” / 13th May, 1963 2:04
      54. “Roll Over Beethoven” – Live At BBC For “From Us To You” / 26th December, 1963 2:17
      55. “All My Loving” – Live At BBC For “From Us To You” / 26th December, 1963 2:06
      56. “She Loves You” – Live At BBC For “From Us To You” / 26th December, 1963 2:21
      57. “Till There Was You” – Live At BBC For “From Us To You” / 26th December, 1963 2:12
      58. “Bad To Me” – Demo 1:29
      59. “I’m In Love” – Demo 1:32″

      As I am sure you know, Nat, Steve is a true journalist who checks and rechecks his sources many times before going to post. So this is all but a done deal! No matter what comes of this release, I know they will never write as much info on each track as the info we get from your site. So it will always be valuable to us all! Oh and I kid about putting you out of business. It would take them years of releasing iTunes downloads to do that. lol

  • Stacia says:

    Didn’t we discuss a series of posts about take 1s of songs? You’re fulfilling my request without realizing it! ;)

  • YouKnowMyNameLookUpThe# says:

    Noooooooo! Don’t throw in any towels!! First of all, there’s so much to issue it’ll take a LOT of iTunes gift cards to keep up. lol Second, there will ALWAYS be rare things to hear/see & report on. Even they are only issuing some of the most issued bootleg recordings from 1963. Otherwise, it’s a matter of time before stuff that’s in a vault creeps out. I’m sure your “friends” (whoever acquires such things) will be there to grab them. So don’t throw in the towel.

    • Happy Nat says:

      I wasn’t serious Leo. As for now, the show must go on! Besides I have a contest coming up sometime this month!

      • YouKnowMyNameLookUpThe# says:

        LOL I didn’t expect you were, but I also want you to know I would never want to see that happen since your site is terrific!

        Looking forward to the contest.

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