The Beatles' Debut Album to Be Rerecorded for BBC Show
LONDON – A BBC program to air on TV and radio will see artists including The Stereophonics and Mick Hucknall attempt to rerecord The Beatles' Please Please Me album at Abbey Road Studios.
Marking the album's 50th anniversary, the acts will have just 12 hours to complete the work, mirroring the marathon single session that resulted in The Beatles' debut album.
The musicians will use the same studio, with all the tracks recorded in order for the event scheduled for Feb. 11 to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.
The event also will be filmed for a BBC Four special called 12 Hours to Please Me, scheduled to air Feb. 15 in the U.K.
The event will be hosted by BBC radio broadcasters Stuart Maconie and Jo Whiley.
Guests on the show will include names from the original session 50 years ago, including engineer Richard Langham and Beatles press officer Tony Barrow.
The show is billed as the centerpiece of a series called The Golden Age of the Album -- a two-week celebration across BBC Four, Radio 2 and the public broadcaster's 6 Music station.
Said BC Four controller Richard Klein, "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 the essential ingredients are that make an album great."