The Searchers

Greatest Hits [Prime Cuts]

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Precisely where these recordings originated or which personnel are on them is an open question -- the fine print on this 10-song, 27 minute budget CD indicates that these are "re-recorded by the original artist," and that "featured groups may not include all original members." It's definitely the Searchers, conceivably the John McNally-run outfit, although possibly their Mike Pender-organized rivals. In any case, the songs include "Sweets for My Sweet," "Sugar and Spice," "Love Potion #9," "Needles and Pins," "Don't Throw Your Love Away," "Goodbye My Love," a somewhat mistitled (but punchy) "When You Walk in the Room," and a trio of far less successful, less familiar songs -- the synthesizer-heavy, Bee Gees-like "Blue Mondays," the overly angst-ish "Broken Hearts," and the bad disco/dance rock "Red Ferrari," two of which have no proper songwriting credits. It's all very suspicious, but very well played, with nice delineation on the guitars, well-crafted vocals, and even a surprise in the guise of "Needles and Pins." The latter is played at a much slower tempo and sung in a far bluesier manner than the original, indicating that the group -- whichever it is -- was aiming for something other than a quickie body of covers of their own hits here. Most of the rest are faithful modern re-records, but it's all worth tracking down for completists, especially at $6 list.

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