Exceptionally desirable 1963 Parlophone mono first pressing of the Please Please Me album, signed on the reverse in blue ballpoint by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Scattered soiling, light creases, and small area of surface loss above the album name on the reverse, otherwise fine condition. The record is included. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient, in part: “I loved Paul McCartney, he was my first crush. I got this album signed—Fairfield Hall at Croydon around 1963/64…the Beatles had just released Please Please Me and they weren’t famous then.” The Beatles performed twice at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls in 1963, the first show coming on April 25, 1963—just a month after the release of Please Please Me, and most likely the date this was signed. They had come to national attention in January with the release of the ‘Please Please Me’ single, and they rushed to record and publish this album to capitalize on its success. A fabulous uninscribed early example of the first pressing of the Beatles’ very first album—a magnificent piece of music history. Pre-certified REAL.
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