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Sweets For My Sweet - EP

The Searchers

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Album Review

This is a strange 15-song compilation — the logic to it, beyond getting the group's first three U.K. hits and their big U.S. hit, "Love Potion No. 9," together on one budget-priced disc, is elusive. It does have those songs plus a good selection of catchy and familiar LP cuts, all off their early albums. Neophytes and listeners seeking a diverting (albeit random) 35 minutes of the group's output could do worse — the sound is better than on a lot of early CD reissues, the selection features good covers of American R&B, including the title cut, "Stand By Me," "Money (That's What I Want)," and "Twist and Shout," plus their pioneering efforts at what became known as folk-rock ("Where Have All the Flowers Gone"); and the cover boasts the kind of really cool color picture, of the four members on the set of a television variety program, that would really have sold this as an LP. And that's what it resembles, an improved version of the kind of compilations that used to come out of the Pye Records label during the late '70s and early '80s.

Biography

Formed: 1957 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Founded in 1957 by John McNally (guitar/vocals), the Searchers were originally one of thousands of skiffle groups formed in the wake of Lonnie Donegan's success with "Rock Island Line." The Searchers' immediate competitors included bands such as the Wreckers and the Confederates, both led by Michael Pender (guitar, vocals), and the Martinis, led by Tony Jackson (guitar/vocals). By 1959, McNally and Pender were working together as a duet; later in the year, Jackson joined as the lead vocalist. After...
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