To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the twelve hour recording session which begat the very first Beatles album, ‘Please Please Me’, the BBC is herding up a group of musicians to head into the same Abbey Road studio to re-record it in the same space of time. Amongst the artists signed up to take on the job are Stereophonics, Mick Hucknall and Gabrielle Aplin.
It’s all part of the Beeb’s celebration of ‘The Golden Age Of The Album’, which will see a variety of programmes spread across BBC Four and Radio 2, including the previously reported new three part TV show fronted by Danny Baker.
The re-recording of ‘Please Please Me’ will take place on 11 Feb, with the results (however they turn out) broadcast by Jo Whiley on Radio 2 that evening. A BBC Four documentary, called ‘Twelve Hours To Please Me’, following the recording session, will be broadcast on 15 Feb.
BBC Four controller Richard Klein told CMU: “I’m thrilled to be celebrating ‘The Golden Age Of The Album’ across both television and radio. We’re taking a look behind the scenes of a really exciting moment in popular music history when some of our most iconic albums were recorded, and trying to discover what are the essential ingredients that make an album great”.
Radio 2 and 6music controller Bob Shennan added: “This exciting season is a perfect example of how we can work across the BBC to create unique, ‘must watch and listen’ moments across radio, TV and online. The recreation of ‘Please Please Me’ promises to be one of Radio 2′s stand out moments of 2013. Hearing those tracks brought to life again with a contemporary twist will have the network buzzing as much as the original did. It’s one album that changed the world of pop music and I think the 50th anniversary is a timely moment to remind everyone why”.