Led by the bright, personable vocals of Gerry Marsden, Gerry & the Pacemakers were one of the biggest pop groups in Great Britain during the Merseybeat boom that came in the wake of the Beatles' stunning success in 1963. Managed by Brian Epstein, who also guided the Beatles to stardom, Gerry & the Pacemakers enjoyed a potent run of hits in the U.K. and the U.S. until the dawn of the psychedelic era, and even after they faded from the hit parade, they were a frequent presence in nightclubs and on the oldies circuit, with Marsden guiding the combo through many lineup changes. Ferry Cross the Mersey: The Best of Gerry & the Pacemakers features re-recorded versions of some of the group's best-loved songs ("Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," "I Like It," "How Do You Do It") as well as other classics of the British Invasion era ("House of the Rising Sun," "World Without Love"), enduring pop classics ("If," "Unchained Melody"), and some new originals from Marsden ("Magic Moments," "The Story of My Life").
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AllMusic Review by Mark Deming