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Hearts in Their Eyes: Celebrating 50 Years of Harmony & Jangle

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The Searchers 7/9/2012

Review

In a way, the Searchers are a footnote. Never entering the upper echelon of British Invasion beat groups, the band nevertheless had legs, outlasting all but the titans of the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Who. The Searchers always flew just below the radar, even if they had something of a renaissance at the tail end of the '70s with a new lineup headed by lead singer -- and only constant -- John McNally, with his lead guitarist companion Mike Pender directing the band through two superb power pop LPs and their jangle echoing in the stable of Shelter Records, heard strongly in the early records of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. They are best known for their earliest hits -- 1963's "Sweets for My Sweet," 1964's "Needles and Pins" -- which may be because they were their biggest hits but it's also because the Searchers never abandoned their pure pop template throughout their entire career, something that becomes blindingly evident over the course of the four-disc box set Hearts in Their Eyes. Every other Brit group of their time stretched their wings during the psychedelic years but the Searchers pledged their allegiance to jangling guitars and sweet melodies, dipping their toes into the soft slick waters left behind by Bacharach but pretty much adhering to their game plan of playing ringing rock and turning R&B into pop. When their peers were blowing their minds, the Searchers got a little bit bubblegum and while they consolidated their strengths during the power pop '70s, they were always somewhat restrained by the lack of a truly distinctive songwriter. McNally could turn out some handsome melodic tunes but they were at the mercy of other writers, borrowing heavily from American pop and R&B in the early years, then finding gems among the pub rockers in the late '70s. These strengths and weaknesses are in equal relief on Hearts in Their Eyes, which may not contain all of their released singles -- their cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" is nowhere to be found -- but it has all their best along with smartly selected highlights from their albums. Taken together, it is the big jangle: tuneful, crystalline pop that likely sounds better at a remove than it did at the time due to its unadventurous consistency. The Searchers weren't trailblazers; they were a dogged, dedicated beat group that never strayed from its hooky vision. They don't belong in the upper echelon of British beat but they have their place, as this entertaining and comprehensive box makes plain. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Sweets for My Sweet The Searchers 2:21
  3. 2 Rosalie The Searchers 2:26
  4. 3 Sho' Know a Lot About Love The Searchers 2:9
  5. 4 Let's Stomp The Searchers 2:6
  6. 5 Sweet Nothin's The Searchers 2:20
  7. 6 Learning the Game The Searchers 1:48
  8. 7 Hey Joe The Searchers 2:26
  9. 8 Sweet Little Sixteen The Searchers 3:3
  10. 9 Sweets for My Sweet The Searchers 2:26
  11. 10 It's All Been a Dream The Searchers 1:46
  12. 11 Alright [Mono] The Searchers 2:7
  13. 12 Love Potion No. 9 The Searchers 2:3
  14. 13 Farmer John The Searchers 1:56
  15. 14 Money (That's What I Want) The Searchers 2:44
  16. 15 Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya The Searchers 2:1
  17. 16 Since You Broke My Heart The Searchers 2:48
  18. 17 Tricky Dicky The Searchers 2:7
  19. 18 Where Have All the Flowers Gone The Searchers 2:55
  20. 19 Sugar and Spice The Searchers 2:14
  21. 20 Saints and Searchers The Searchers 3:15
  22. 21 Don't Cha Know The Searchers 2:1
  23. 22 Some Other Guy The Searchers 2:6
  24. 23 Listen to Me The Searchers 2:9
  25. 24 Unhappy Girls The Searchers 2:36
  26. 25 Ain't That Just Like Me The Searchers 2:22
  27. 26 Cherry Stones The Searchers 2:26
  28. 27 All My Sorrows The Searchers 3:23
  29. 28 Hungry for Love The Searchers 2:20
  30. 29 Once Upon a Time The Searchers 2:4
  31. 30 Needles and Pins The Searchers 2:11
  32. 31 Saturday Night Out The Searchers 1:43
  33. 32 Don't Throw Your Love Away The Searchers 2:14
  34. 33 I Pretend I'm With You The Searchers 1:57
  35. 1 This Empty Place The Searchers 2:7
  36. 2 Where Have You Been? The Searchers 2:36
  37. 3 It's in Her Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) The Searchers 2:13
  38. 4 Sea of Heartbreak The Searchers 2:22
  39. 5 I Count the Tears The Searchers 2:0
  40. 6 Hi-Heel Sneakers The Searchers 2:30
  41. 7 Can't Help Forgiving You The Searchers 2:2
  42. 8 I (Who Have Nothing) The Searchers 2:44
  43. 9 Someday We're Gonna Love Again The Searchers 1:57
  44. 10 No One Else Could Love Me The Searchers 2:12
  45. 11 Someday We're Gonna Love Again [Alternate Take] The Searchers 2:2
  46. 12 Bye Bye Baby The Searchers 2:28
  47. 13 Watch Your Step The Searchers 2:42
  48. 14 When You Walk in the Room The Searchers 2:20
  49. 15 (I'll Be) Missing You The Searchers 2:2
  50. 16 What Have They Done to the Rain The Searchers 2:31
  51. 17 This Feeling Inside The Searchers 1:42
  52. 18 You Beat Me to the Punch The Searchers 2:53
  53. 19 The System The Searchers 2:29
  54. 20 Love Potion No. 9 The Searchers 2:2
  55. 21 Fortune Teller The Searchers 2:39
  56. 22 Chris Curtis Interview [BBC Radio Broadcast, Pt. 1] The Searchers 1:13
  57. 23 Goodbye My Love The Searchers 2:56
  58. 24 Till I Met You The Searchers 2:56
  59. 25 Everybody Come Clap Your Hands The Searchers 2:37
  60. 26 If I Could Find Someone The Searchers 2:16
  61. 27 Magic Potion The Searchers 2:33
  62. 28 Bumble Bee The Searchers 2:12
  63. 29 Till You Say You'll Be Mine The Searchers 2:22
  64. 30 I Don't Want to Go on Without You [Version 1] The Searchers 3:23
  65. 31 I'll Be Doggone [Alternate Version] The Searchers 2:58
  66. 32 Stage Door The Searchers 2:24
  67. 1 He's Got No Love The Searchers 2:33
  68. 2 So Far Away The Searchers 1:59
  69. 3 Chris Curtis Interview [BBC Radio Broadcast, Pt. 2] The Searchers 0:59
  70. 4 When I Get Home The Searchers 2:8
  71. 5 I'm Never Coming Back The Searchers 1:59
  72. 6 Take Me for What I'm Worth The Searchers 2:38
  73. 7 Too Many Miles The Searchers 2:8
  74. 8 Does She Really Care for Me The Searchers 2:4
  75. 9 It's Time The Searchers 2:34
  76. 10 You Can't Lie to a Liar The Searchers 2:20
  77. 11 Don't You Know Why The Searchers 2:37
  78. 12 Each Time The Searchers 2:45
  79. 13 Four Strong Winds The Searchers 3:5
  80. 14 Mike Pender Interview [BBC Radio Broadcast] The Searchers 1:10
  81. 15 Take It or Leave It The Searchers 2:45
  82. 16 Don't Hide It Away The Searchers 2:39
  83. 17 Aggravation The Searchers 1:57
  84. 18 Have I Done Something Wrong? The Searchers 2:38
  85. 19 Have You Ever Loved Somebody The Searchers 2:37
  86. 20 It's Just the Way (Love Will Come and Go) The Searchers 2:38
  87. 21 Frank Allen Interview [BBC Radio Broadcast] The Searchers 1:4
  88. 22 Popcorn Double Feature The Searchers 2:54
  89. 23 I'll Be Loving You [BBC Live Recording] The Searchers 2:56
  90. 24 Western Union The Searchers 2:27
  91. 25 I'll Cry Tomorrow The Searchers 3:46
  92. 26 Second Hand Dealer The Searchers 3:42
  93. 27 Crazy Dreams The Searchers 2:34
  94. 28 Umbrella Man The Searchers 2:58
  95. 29 Over the Weekend The Searchers 2:27
  96. 30 Pussy Willow Dream The Searchers 2:6
  97. 31 Shoot 'Em Up Baby The Searchers 2:27
  98. 32 Suzanna The Searchers 2:41
  99. 1 Desdemona The Searchers 2:19
  100. 2 Love Is Everywhere The Searchers 3:11
  101. 3 Sing Singer Sing The Searchers 2:43
  102. 4 Vahevela The Searchers 3:26
  103. 5 Solitaire The Searchers 3:52
  104. 6 Spicks and Specks The Searchers 2:57
  105. 7 Don't Shut Me Out The Searchers 2:11
  106. 8 Hearts In Her Eyes The Searchers 3:19
  107. 9 Switchboard Susan The Searchers 3:53
  108. 10 It's Too Late The Searchers 3:27
  109. 11 Love's Gonna Be Strong The Searchers 2:54
  110. 12 Loves Melody The Searchers 3:32
  111. 13 Changing The Searchers 3:17
  112. 14 Silver The Searchers 3:6
  113. 15 Everything But a Heartbeat The Searchers 3:53
  114. 16 Radio Romance The Searchers 3:37
  115. 17 Another Night The Searchers 3:1
  116. 18 I Don't Want to Be the One The Searchers 3:37
  117. 19 In the Heat of the Night The Searchers 3:51
  118. 20 Somebody Told Me You Were Crying The Searchers 3:30
  119. 21 This Boy's in Love The Searchers 3:26
  120. 22 Every River [Live] The Searchers 3:47
  121. 23 Seven Nights to Rock [Live] The Searchers 4:51

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