Disc Two: Hello Goodbye, James Moody; Fool On The Hill, Acker Bilk; Step Inside Love, the Paper Dolls; Lady Madonna, Kenny Ball; Hey Jude (Live), Lonnie Youngblood; Back In The USSR, Pan Pipers; Dear Prudence, Atlantic Bridge; On-La-Di Ob-La-Da, Marmalade; Rocky Racoon, the Moments; I Will, Youngblood; Honey Pie, Pasadena Roof Orchestra; It’s All Too Much, the Hunt; Come Together, Chairmen of the Board; Something, Drex Nelson; Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, London Pops Orchestra; Let It Be, London Pops Orchestra; Maybe I’m Amazed, Petula Clark; My Sweet Lord, City of Westminster String Band; Imagine, Mae McKenna; Oh My Love, the Jangles; Mull of Kintyre, Alexander Brothers.
Of course, some are not strictly songs of the Beatles, apart from Step Inside Love, a number Paul penned for Cilla Black, five of the titles are post-Beatles numbers: Imagine, Oh My Love, My Sweet Lord, Maybe I’m Amazed and Mull of Kintyre.
John Schroeder, of course, was the recording manager who traveled to Liverpool with Geoff Frost and a mobile recording unit to record numerous Liverpool bands at the Rialto and Cavern and little did Acker Bilk know, when he shared beers with the Beatles on the Royal Iris, that his support band would become so huge and he’d be covering their numbers. Jazz artists, orchestras, pipe bands, solo singers, groups – a sample of the diversity of artists who covered the Beatles numbers.
The Searchers on Sanctuary
John Lennon once said that ‘Sweets For My Sweets’ by the Searchers was the best record to come out of Liverpool at the time. Brian Epstein also wanted to manage the band, which went on to inspire groups such as the Byrds.
Sanctuary Records and its subsidiaries have an impressive series of Searchers CDs which are a treasure for any enthusiast of one of the biggest bands to emerge from the Mersey boom.
The Searchers 1963-2003. 40th Anniversary Collection. CMEDD 726
The 2 disc compilation traces their early originals, from demo recordings at the Iron Door club in the early 1960s to their studio recordings in the late 1980s, including all of their Pye hits, together with later sides from Liberty, RCS, Sire, PRT and coconut. 56 tracks in all!
Disc One: Sweets For My Sweet (demo); All My Sorrows (demo); Let’s Stomp (demo); Sick And Tired (demo); Sweet Nothin’s (demo); Rosalie (demo); Sweets For My Sweet;
Ain’t Gonna Kiss Ya; Farmer John; Sugar And Spice; Some Other Guy; Needles And Pins; Saturday Night Out; Ain’t That Just Like Me; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sea Of Heartbreak; Someday We’re Gonna Love Again; When You Walk In The Room; Love Potion No. 9; What Have They Done To The Rain; Blowin’ In The Wind (demo); Memphis Tennessee (demo); The System; Goodbye My Love; Everybody Come Clap Your Hands; I Don’t Want To Go On Without You; Bumble Bee; He’s Got No Love; When I Get Home; Take Me for What I’m Worth; Four Strong Winds; Each Time.
Disc Two: Take It Or Leave It; Have You Ever Loved Somebody; Popcorn, Double feature; Western Union; Second Hand Dealer; Umbrella Man; Somebody Shot The Lollipop Man; Shoot ‘Em Up Baby; Kinky Kathy Abernathy; For What It’s Worth; Desdemona; Vahevala; Solitaire; Spicks And Specks; Hearts In Her Eyes; Love’s Melody; Almost Saturday Night; Everything But A Heartbeat; I Don’t Want To Be the One; Hollywood; Innocent Victom; Forever In Love; Somebody Told Me You Were Crying; Needles And Pins (1988 version).
‘For What It’s Worth’ is a previously unreleased version.
Meet The Searchers. CMRCD 155
Is the original Pye album, first issued in 1963, which reached No. 2 in the charts with a chart life of 44 weeks. The CD has been remastered and repackaged with mono and stereo mixes plus bonus tracks. There are now 26 tracks on the CD, including the bonus tracks ‘It’s All Been A Dream’, ‘Liebe’ (a German recording of ‘Money’), ‘Farmer John’ (another German recording) and ‘Mais C’etait Un Reve’ ( a French recording of ‘It’s All Been A Dream’ in stereo).
Sugar And Spice. CMRCD 156
This was their second Pye album, also released in 1963 which entered the Top 5 with 21 weeks in the best seller list. The 30 track CD includes the bonus tracks ‘C’est De Notre Age’ (‘Sugar and Spice’ in French), ‘Sub Ist Sie’ (‘Sugar and Spice’ in German), Ils La Chantalent Il Y A Longtemps’ ’(‘Saints and Searchers’ in French), ‘Saturday Night Out’, ‘Bye Bye Johnny’, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Without You.’
It’s The Searchers. CMRCD 157
This was originally the third Pye album to be issued within ten months. Released in May 1964 it reached No. 4 in the charts with a chart life of 17 weeks. The 35 track CD contains the bonus tracks ‘I Pretend I’m With You’, ‘Someday We’re Gonna Love Again’, ‘No One Else Could Love You’, ‘Tausend Nadelstiche’ (‘Needles and Pins’ in German), ‘C’est Arrive Comme Ca’ (‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’ in French), ‘I, Who Have Nothing’ and ‘Shame Shame Shame.’