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EMI Gold have come up with a further collection of CDs devoted to Liverpool artists from the heyday of the Mersey Sound (I compiled the album ‘Mersey Beat’ for them, which is still available).
The Best Of Gerry & the Pacemakers. EMI Gold. 7243 4 74839 2 9
Forty tracks from Gerry & the Pacemakers, who were voted No. 2 to the Beatles in the first Mersey Beat poll. They comprised Gerry and Freddie Marsden, Les Chadwick and Les McGuire.
Gerry & the Pacemakers actually be came the first Liverpool group to top the charts. They reached the No. 1 spot with ‘How Do You Do It?’, a number originally penned by Mitch Murray for Adam Faith. George Martin wanted the Beatles to record it as their second single. They didn’t want to do it, so when they did come to record it their hearts weren’t in it – and George eventually let them have another of their own compositions ‘Please Please Me’, for their second disc. However, although the Beatles topped the charts in the music papers with the number, they only reached No. 2 in the official music business chart in Record Retailer, which results in Gerry having the honour of placing the Mersey Sound on the top of the charts for the first time.
The tracks are: Disc One: How Do You Do It? I Like It; Girl On A Swing; Ferry Cross The Mersey; Come Back To Me; When Oh When; Pretend; Walk Hand In Hand; Jambalaya; Maybellene; You’re The Reason; Slow Down; Summertime; Chills; Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On; Reelin’ And Rockin’; A Shot of Rhythm & Blues; Why Oh Why; She’s The Only Girl For Me.
Disc Two: You’ll Never Walk Alone; Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying; It’s All Right; Give All Your Love To Me; Hallalujah I Love Her So; Away From You; You’ve Got What I Like; It’s Gonna Be Alright; You You You; Baby You’re So Good To Me; Without You; Dreams; Think About Love; La La La; I’ll Be There; The Wrong Yoyo; Don’t You Ever; What Have You Been All My Life? Rip It Up; You Win Again.
The Best of the Fourmost. EMI Gold. 0946 3 31318 2
When compiling this collection for EMI Gold we phoned Billy Hatton for his comments and he was to say, “This compilation brings back memories of the most exciting time in my life and it demonstrates what can be achieved with just a four-track machine and lots of enthusiasm.” Incidentally, the last track ‘Auntie Maggie’s Remedy’ was written by Georgie Peckham – read his story on the Mersey Beat site.
There are 33 tracks: Hello Little Girl; Just In Case; I’m In Love; Respectable; I Love You Too; A Little Loving; Waiting For You; How Can I Tell Her; You Got That Way; Baby I Need Your Loving; That’s Only What They Say; He Could Never; My How The Time Goes By; Girls Girls Girls; Why Do Fools Fall In Love; Till You Say You’ll Be Mine; Yakety Yak; My Block; So Fine; Some Kind of Wonderful; The Girl Can’t Help It; Today I’m In Love; The In Crowd; Baby Sittin’ Boogie; Heebie Jeebies; Sure To Fall (In Love With You); Everything In The Garden; Stop; Here There And Everywhere; You’ve Changed; Dawn (Go Away); Turn The Lights Down; Auntie Maggie’s Remedy.