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Album Review

The Rockin' Berries were one British band of the British Invasion era that never invaded the U.S., perhaps because their biggest hits, "He's in Town" and "Poor Man's Son," were covers of songs that had been in the American charts already (by the Tokens and the Reflections, respectively). Both of those hits are on this 14-track best-of, which does not contain the Rockin' Berries' four other U.K. chart entries, but does find them performing a range of material that includes the Jacques Brel number "Jackie" and a cover of "Touch Me in the Morning." Such selections suggest the Rockin' Berries' goal of being all-around entertainers and not necessarily rockers, a goal they achieved on the British club circuit after their brief run of hits in the mid-‘60s. Interested Americans might reference such similar stateside acts as the Four Seasons and the Buckinghams, as well as the aforementioned Tokens.

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s

Despite a couple of British Top Ten hits in 1964-1965, the Rockin' Berries made no dent in the U.S. market at the height of the British Invasion. Much of the Berries' output reflected the lighter pop/rock face of the British beat boom, emphasizing catchy, carefully constructed tunes supplied by British and American songwriters, with high harmonies indebted to the Four Seasons and the Beach Boys. The Berries wrote little of their own material, and this, combined with the wimpiness of some of their...
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