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  AFZ 018
  The Searchers: The Collection
  "The Collection"

The Searchers
Track listing:
  1. Love Potion Number Nine
2. I Pretend I'm With You
3. Sugar And Spice
4. Needles And Pins
5. It's In Her Kiss
6. Don't Throw Your Love Away
7. Ain't That Just Like Me
8. Sweets For My Sweet
9. Unhappy Girls
10. When You Walk In The Room
11. This Empty Place
12. Someday We're Gonna Love Again
13. Take Me For What I'm Worth
14. What Have They Done To The Rain
15. Take It Or Leave It
16. Goodbye My Love
17. Have You Ever Loved Somebody
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Reviews: 3

Review by tream April 4, 2005 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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This is a high quality production, and if you, like me, love the sound of the early British Invasion, this is a must have. Great sound (I've heard much worse engineering much more recently), and a few unforgettable songs. Really good notes.

For those of you who don't remember the Searchers, they were a Mersey sound band (like the early Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas), etc. who also pioneered the use of the 12 string electric-according to the liner notes, they were a major influence on Roger McGuinn and the Byrds. They were supposedly John Lennon's favorite band (although John was rightly quoted as saying that there was no other band in England that could touch the Beatles in rock and roll). They too were on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964-boy, could Ed recognize talent (he introduced Elvis, the Beatles and the Stones to American TV. He also regularly showcased major operatic talent. Then there was Topo Gigio, the Italian mouse. Something for everyone).

The Searchers aren't the Beatles, and I'm not sure they were even Gerry and the Pacemakers. By and large they covered songs by other writers (so did the Beatles-they had huge hits with "Twist and Shout", "Roll Over Beethoven", and the like, but after a short period of time they started writing hits for others as well as themselves.) This works great for a song like "Needles and Pins", where their distinctive sound takes flight, but I have a hard time taking the "Shoop Shoop" song as recorded by the Searchers seriously (AKA "It's in Her (His) Kiss"). There are times that they do sound like the Beatles in 63 and 64.

Recommended for fans of the genre (like me!).

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Review by analogue June 22, 2010 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Its really awesome to hear old classic pop/rock music from the early to mid sixties sound so good. And it really does sound terrific.
Very nice transfer using pure dsd from the original master tapes by Steve Hoffmann. This compilation has depth, body and warmth. It is also fairly realistic.
The only real caveat is if you like this sort of music from england while the beatles were changing rock music forever at the exact same time period. Stylistically the Searchers tried to be similar but fell short by great margins.

Nevertheless........they do have a good sound, if not unique and there are several very good songs to be had here.

Excellent sound and good performances. recommended if you can still find it.

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Review by sgb January 21, 2004 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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This is an absolutely superb remaster of these old hits from the sixties. The sound quality is far superior to the now OOP collection on the Rhino label, more transparent and detailed. Its only shortcoming is that it lacks two of the minor hits, "Bumble Bee" and "He's Got No Love," Nothing more need be said about this one.

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