The Merseybeats' I'll Be Home
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||You Can't Tell A Book By Its Cover - Original||The Merseybeats||3:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wishin' And Hopin' - Re-Recording (by Original Artist)||The Merseybeats||2:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wishin' And Hopin' - Alternate (by Original Artist)||The Merseybeats||3:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sorrow - Re-Recording (by Original Artist)||The Merseybeats||2:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mr. Moonlight - Original||The Merseybeats||2:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's Love That Really Counts - Re-Recording (by Original Artist)||The Merseybeats||2:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'll Be Home - Original||The Merseybeats||3:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Love You, Yes I Do - Re-Recording (by Original Artist)||The Merseybeats||2:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fortune Teller - Original||The Merseybeats||2:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Turn Around - Re-Recording (by Original Artist)||The Merseybeats||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
The Merseybeats' only original album, recorded in mid-1964 with John Gustafson in their lineup in place of co-founder Billy Kinsley on bass, is a strange hybrid of originals that move between solid harmony-based Liverpool pop/rock ("Milkman," "Really Mystified") and Bo Diddley-influenced rockers ("Funny Face"), juxtaposed with an odd selection of covers, ranging from "Bring It On Home to Me" and "He Will Break Your Heart" (which do work) to an odd selection of show tunes. The better of the latter is a reasonably successful rendition of "Hello Young Lovers" done with rockabilly guitar and some way too busy percussion; much less successful is a soft a cappella rendition of "The Girl That I Marry." The ballad "Lavender Blue" offers a Gustafson arrangement that isn't terribly interesting, and Gustafson's "Jumpin' Jonah" is even more of a ripoff of "Long Tall Sally" (especially as done by the Beatles) than the Beatles' "I'm Down" was. The resulting album, with the Beatlesque single side included, was neither fish nor fowl, and insufficiently strong in any direction other than what their singles already pointed toward to gain the band a wider audience.
Formed: 1962 in Liverpool, England
Years Active: '60s, '90s, '00s, '10s