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The Pye Anthology 1963-1967 [Reissue]

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The Searchers 6/6/2006

Review

The two-disc collection Pye Anthology 1963-1967 features nearly everything recorded by one of England's favorite Liverpool outfits during the early '60s (among heavy competition). Formed a few years before the Beatles, in 1957, the Searchers were prime competitors with them for the crown of hardest-working and best band in Liverpool during the early '60s. When they began recording for Pye, in mid-1963, they revealed to the wider British public a taste of infectious energy, tight playing, and smooth harmonies that could be appreciated by every fan of the burgeoning Merseybeat sound. Their first hit, "Sweets for My Sweet" was a sugary song, but it reached number one with no problem, and the band soon began to show it had the power to compete with other "big beat" acts like the Beatles and the Dave Clark Five. Also, like many of their counterparts, they recorded solid American R&B covers ("Farmer John," "Love Potion No. 9") and their biggest hits, "Sugar and Spice" and "Needles and Pins," have to be included in any retrospective of the British Invasion. With lineup changes and diminishing interest in Merseybeat by 1966, the Searchers were finished as a chart entity, and "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" from that year was their last hit. Two discs may be a big proposition for even dedicated fans of British rock, but the Searchers recorded many great songs beyond their big hits; their version of "When You Walk in the Room" was arguably even better than Jackie DeShannon's classic. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Sweets for My Sweet The Searchers 2:27
  3. 2 It's All Been a Dream The Searchers 1:46
  4. 3 Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya The Searchers 2:2
  5. 4 Alright The Searchers 2:7
  6. 5 Farmer John The Searchers 1:56
  7. 6 Love Potion No. 9 The Searchers 2:3
  8. 7 Where Have All the Flowers Gone The Searchers 2:55
  9. 8 Since You Broke My Heart The Searchers 2:48
  10. 9 Sugar and Spice The Searchers 2:13
  11. 10 Saints and Searches The Searchers 3:15
  12. 11 Don't Cha Know The Searchers 2:3
  13. 12 Listen to Me The Searchers 2:10
  14. 13 Hungry for Love The Searchers 2:20
  15. 14 All My Sorrows The Searchers 3:23
  16. 15 Needles and Pins The Searchers 2:11
  17. 16 Saturday Night Out The Searchers 1:43
  18. 17 Don't Throw Your Love Away The Searchers 2:14
  19. 18 I Pretend I'm with You The Searchers 1:57
  20. 19 This Empty Place The Searchers 2:5
  21. 20 I Count the Tears The Searchers 2:0
  22. 21 Sho' Know a Lot About Love The Searchers 2:20
  23. 22 Can't Help Forgiving You The Searchers 2:2
  24. 23 Where Have You Been The Searchers 2:38
  25. 24 Someday We're Gonna Love Again The Searchers 1:57
  26. 25 No One Else Could Love Me The Searchers 2:11
  27. 26 The System The Searchers 2:30
  28. 27 When You Walk in the Room The Searchers 2:20
  29. 28 (I'll Be) Missing You The Searchers 2:2
  30. 29 What Have They Done to the Rain The Searchers 2:31
  31. 30 This Feeling Inside The Searchers 1:42
  32. 31 Goodbye My Love The Searchers 2:56
  33. 32 Til I Met You The Searchers 2:56
  34. 1 Everybody Come Clap Your Hands The Searchers 2:36
  35. 2 If I Could Find Someone The Searchers 2:8
  36. 3 Magic Potion The Searchers 2:31
  37. 4 I Don't Want to Go on Without You The Searchers 2:58
  38. 5 Till You Say You'll Be Mine The Searchers 2:15
  39. 6 Goodnight Baby The Searchers 2:15
  40. 7 Bumble Bee The Searchers 2:11
  41. 8 He's Got No Love The Searchers 2:34
  42. 9 So Far Away The Searchers 1:59
  43. 10 When I Get Home The Searchers 2:9
  44. 11 I'm Never Coming Back The Searchers 1:59
  45. 12 Take Me for What I'm Worth The Searchers 2:39
  46. 13 Too Many Miles The Searchers 2:7
  47. 14 Don't You Know Why The Searchers 2:37
  48. 15 Each Time The Searchers 2:45
  49. 16 Be My Baby The Searchers 3:16
  50. 17 Does She Really Care for Me The Searchers 2:4
  51. 18 I'm Your Loving Man The Searchers 2:1
  52. 19 Take It or Leave It The Searchers 2:45
  53. 20 Don't Hide It Away The Searchers 2:39
  54. 21 Have You Ever Loved Somebody The Searchers 2:37
  55. 22 It's Just the Way (Love Will Come and Go) The Searchers 2:38
  56. 23 Popcorn, Double Feature The Searchers 2:54
  57. 24 Lovers The Searchers 2:43
  58. 25 Western Union The Searchers 2:27
  59. 26 I'll Cry Tomorrow The Searchers 3:46
  60. 27 Second Hand Dealer The Searchers 3:42
  61. 28 Crazy Dreams The Searchers 2:34

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