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The Best Of Gerry & The Pacemakers

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There are already so many "best-of" collections of Gerry & the Pacemakers -- including previous releases from EMI, Capitol, and Collectables -- that this double-CD set from EMI's U.K. division probably won't seem very impressive or important. Actually, very little of the band's history is left out, at least in terms of the various facets of their music -- the hits are all present, along with a brace of engaging B-sides and LP and EP tracks that greatly broaden the range of music at hand. The quartet's best-known songs are well-crafted pop/rock in a Merseybeat mode, but they had a harder side as well, and even traded in some R&B and country sounds, and those aspects are represented here in between the hits. Some listeners who like their more rocking sides, such as "Jambalaya," "Maybellene" or "Pretend," may not appreciate the presence of such string-laden pop as "Walk Hand in Hand" or "Girl on a Swing," but this is a valid representation of their sound. And the sound is optimal, to put it mildly, with lots of presence on all of the instruments. The state-of-the-art digital audio reveals the band -- for those not already aware -- as a first-rate British beat outfit, with a solid rhythm section behind Gerry Marsden's vocals. The 96-minute running time is more than enough immersion for all but the most rabid fan. The annotation by Dave McAleer gives a good account of the group's history and music, and the relatively low price makes this entire package competitive with any domestic CD release devoted to the group. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 How do You do It? Gerry & The Pacemakers 1:52
  3. 2 I Like It Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:12
  4. 3 Girl on a Swing Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:4
  5. 4 Ferry Cross the Mersey Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:22
  6. 5 Come Back to Me Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:37
  7. 6 When Oh When Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:18
  8. 7 Pretend Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:24
  9. 8 Walk Hand in Hand Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:25
  10. 9 Jambalaya Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:35
  11. 10 Maybellene Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:3
  12. 11 You're the Reason Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:16
  13. 12 Slow Down Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:26
  14. 13 Summertime Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:29
  15. 14 Chills Gerry & The Pacemakers 1:57
  16. 15 Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Gerry & The Pacemakers 3:3
  17. 16 Reelin' and Rockin' Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:24
  18. 17 A Shot of Rhythm and Blues Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:8
  19. 18 Why Oh Why Gerry & The Pacemakers 1:46
  20. 19 She's the Only Girl for Me Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:27
  21. 20 I'm the One Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:15
  22. 21 [CD-ROM Track][Multimedia Track] Gerry & The Pacemakers null:null
  23. 1 You'll Never Walk Alone Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:38
  24. 2 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:33
  25. 3 It's All Right Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:0
  26. 4 Give All Your Love to Me Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:34
  27. 5 Hallelujah I LOve Her So Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:44
  28. 6 Away From You Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:7
  29. 7 You've Got What I Like Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:6
  30. 8 It's Gonna be Alright Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:23
  31. 9 You You You Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:1
  32. 10 Baby You're So Good to Me Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:32
  33. 11 Without You Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:52
  34. 12 Dreams Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:19
  35. 13 Think About Love Gerry & The Pacemakers 1:44
  36. 14 La La La Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:35
  37. 15 I'll be There Gerry & The Pacemakers 3:11
  38. 16 The Wrong Yoyo Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:19
  39. 17 Don't You Ever Gerry & The Pacemakers 1:49
  40. 18 Where Have You Been All My Life? Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:33
  41. 19 Rip it Up Gerry & The Pacemakers 2:9
  42. 20 You Win Again Gerry & The Pacemakers 3:1
  43. 21 [CD-ROM Track][Multimedia Track] Gerry & The Pacemakers null:null

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