Buzzkill Beatles: 50th anniversary reissue gets put on hold
50 years ago, on October 5, 1962, The Beatles released their debut single "Love Me Do" and consequently began a reign that changed the landscape of popular music forever. EMI was to release a reissue of the iconic track this week, but has indefinitely stalled the pressing of the single.
According to EMI, their pressing was "faulty." There are two official versions of "Love Me Do" -- after the first recording with Ringo Starr on drums was deemed unsatisfactory by producer George Martin, the song was re-recorded with session drummer Andy White on the kit and Ringo relegated to tambourine. Though the Ringo-on-drums version was eventually released as the band's debut single, the White version supplanted it on 1963's Please Please Me and subsequently became the more familiar take. The 50th anniversary reissue was to feature the early version of the song with Starr on drums, but EMI claimed that they mistakenly pressed the single with White drumming.
In an official statement, EMI stated, "It is yet to be decided whether the single will be re-pressed."
|The Beatles - Love Me Do|