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Audio CD, September 1, 1995
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Stateside fans won't find a more perfect Pacemakers anthology than this 25-track beauty! Every U.S. hit by the British Invasion stars is here plus prime album cuts and B-sides: Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying; Ferry Cross the Mersey; How Do You Do It?; I'll Be There; I Like It; It's Gonna Be Alright; Girl on a Swing; La La La; Dreams; You'll Never Walk Alone , and more.

1. How Do You Do It?
2. Away From You
3. I Like It
4. It's Happened To Me
5. Pretend
6. Hello Little Girl
7. You'll Never Walk Alone ('Carousel')
8. It's All Right
9. You're The Reason
10. I'm The One
11. You've Got What I Like
12. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
13. Show Me That You Care
14. It's Gonna Be Alright
15. It's Just Because
16. Ferry Cross The Mersey
17. You You You
18. I'll Wait For You
19. I'll Be There
20. Give All Your Love To Me
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B0000008Y8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As part of the first wave of British Invasion bands, Gerry & the Pacemakers had a brief but brilliant career. Except for their final chart single in 1966 all of their hits came in a brief 10-month period.
The group, led by singer-guitarist Gerry Marsden, became the second band signed by Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. Like the Beatles, they also used George Martin in the studio, they played the Cavern and the Hamburg club scene (often sharing the same bill), and were the second Liverpool band to play the Ed Sullivan Show--three months after the Beatles.
Their first UK hit was "How Do You Do It," a song the Beatles rejected in favor of the Lennon-McCartney "Please Please Me." They would follow that up with another Mitch Murray tune "I Like It" and then the Rodgers and Hammerstein show tune ""You'll Never Walk Alone." All three songs went No. 1 in the UK. [The only group (other than Frankie Goes To Hollywood 21 years later) to have their first three singles go to No. 1 in England--not even the Beatles did this! "You'll Never Walk Alone" is finally released in the US almost two years later, but by then the band's popularity is waning and it fizzles at No. 48.]
While George Martin convinced Gerry & the Pacemakers to record someone's else's song for their first hits, Marsden (like Lennon and McCartney) would compose most of the rest of their hits, including the gorgeous ballads "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey."
In January of 1965 the film Ferry Cross the Mersey is released. Another Marsden original "It's Gonna Be All Right" is taken from the film.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Staples on July 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There's more to the various Gerry & the Pacemakers `Best of' compilations than a mere variation in track count and/or choice.

The disc `The Best of Gerry & the Pacemakers: The Definitive Collection', released in 1991, offers most of its 25 tracks in stereo. The remastering (and in some cases remixing) has been very carefully done at Abbey Road Studios, were most of the tracks were recorded. The sound is very good, although some may argue it is not the original sound of the hits, as all singles were originally only issued in mono. Some stereo versions are quite primitive, as the tracks were recorded on 2-track: one for the backing track, one for vocals, just like the earliest Beatles recordings, but the people at Abbey Road managed to 'open' the sound. This CD also offers `Hello Little Girl', never before released - probably because The Fourmost had their recording released first (which was a minor hit).

Another good compilation is `Gerry & the Pacemakers at Abbey Road: 1963-1966': this offers 28 tracks (comprising the 25 of the aforementioned CD), but they are all in mono. This CD has been denoised, which, if properly done, will not degenerate the sound, but may affect the way you experience it. I found the sound to be a bit sharper, but not annoying. The booklet is very well done, detailing the band's history, and a bit of the history of Abbey Road studio's. This disc has been re-issued as `Essential', but alas without the informative booklet.

Recently the budget 2CD `The Best Of G&TP' has been released, offering 40 tracks, which is excellent value for money, but it leaves out some of the tracks which are on the other CD's, offering more album tracks like rock'n'roll and oldies covers.

All in all, I think that the choice is yours. If you come across a cheap compilation CD, other than the ones mentioned here, I recommend you listen to them first for sound quality - try before you buy!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Phil Rogers on June 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Gerry Marsden had the perfect reedy voice to front this vintage British Invasion group. It was what really propelled them since their sound didn't include the close harmonies and/or twanging guitars of the Searchers and some of the other early British bands. Their sound was often pretty middle-of-the-road compared with everyone else in the early stable.
Their initial propellant was the absolutely gorgeously written-and-performed "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying", which is high up on the list of greatest ballads of the last 50 years. It fit in well with the slew of mid-tempo tunes by the likes of the Searchers ("Don't Throw Your Love Away"), Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas ("Bad to Me" and "Little Children"), Peter and Gordon ("A World Without Love"), and Chad and Jeremy ("Yesterday's Gone") from mid-spring of '64. These songs really defined the second wave of the 'Invasion'. It was an expressly magical moment for our young mid-sixties' generation.
When Gerry and the P's got bouncy, they ended up with mixed results. "How Do You Do It" was mediocre at best, though it charted relatively high. "I Like It" followed almost immediately in the U. S. and though pretty much a knockoff, nevertheless surpassed its model by a good margin. And "La La La" never received the airplay it deserved - I think I only caught it once - it was possibly 4 out of 5 stars. I'm pretty sure "I'm the One" charted, but I don't think I ever heard it played.
"Ferry 'Cross the Mersey" was the only other of their ballads that fit into the neat compartment of the 'young sound' - in fact it became kind of an anthem, for obvious reasons.
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