Peter & Gordon

Original Hits

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Dutch archive label Disky's Peter & Gordon compilation Original Hits, which was readily available at a discount price in the U.S. in the immediate years following its European release, contains all 14 of the recordings the duo placed in the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1964 and 1967, including their introductions of four Paul McCartney compositions, "A World Without Love," "Nobody I Know," "I Don't Want to See You Again," and "Woman." (They did have one single, "Never Ever," that reached the Cash Box Top 100 without placing in Billboard; it is not included.) All of Peter & Gordon's U.K. chart entries are included as well, one of which was a cover of the Barbara Lewis hit "Baby I'm Yours" that was not released as a single stateside. The remaining three selections on the 18-song album are the duo's versions of the Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me" and the movie themes "High Noon" and "Exodus Song," which were LP tracks from 1966-1967. Licensed from EMI, the tracks sound good, in a combination of mono and stereo, though they seem to be straight transfers without any sort of sound improvement. There have been several compilations of Peter & Gordon's hits; this one is fairly complete, and if it can be purchased for a reasonable price, it may satisfy an average fan's basic need for their best-known recordings.

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