...Misery. I suppose John and Paul were having a bad day. Feeling a little depressed, gentlemen? "Misery" is the second song from the debut LP/CD. The back cover for this set has the writing credits of the Beatles' originals as "McCartney/Lennon". The only UK LP to do this, the writing credits on all future LPs would revert to the more common and know version - "Lennon/McCartney".
But...I digress. Personally, I've never been a big fan of this song. The slow introduction sounds corny, the words are trite and this mid-tempo song never really seems to get off the ground, although the "doo wop" fade out is kinda intriguing and funny at the same time. I find it interesting that this song was offered to the UK artist Helen Shapiro (who, by the way, turned it down!!).
The commercial version of the song is Take 11. This song features the second time an outside musician had played on a Beatles' EMI recording session (George Martin overdubbing piano in the middle eight later in the month while the Beatles were absent.) The first time an outside musician had played on a Beatles' EMI recording session was the version of "Love Me Do" with Andy White on drums. This will be discussed in a later entry.
"Misery" was performed live on the BBC on seven different occasions.
Apart from "Please Please Me", "Misery" can be found on the US LP "Introducing the Beatles", the Canadian 6000 series LP "Long Tall Sally". It was also released later on the North American version of "Rarities".