The songs are nice, for beginning songwriters (I don't think they had written that many songs back then). But on With The Beatles they'd become much much better.
I wasn't born yet in 63 (82), but from what little I know from that time, the Beatles were absolutely the best group, by far. Somehow the world had stopped rocking like they did in 1957. And only in comparison with their later albums, PPM is a bit of a disappointment. Or no, that's not the right word. It's just the debut album of a group that had yet to show its true greatness.