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Gerry & The PacemakersAudio CD
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listen  1. How Do You Do It? (Mono) 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. I Like It (Main) 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hello Little Girl 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Summertime 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Slow Down 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. I'm The One 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. You've Got What I Like 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (Mono) [Main] 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Show Me That You Care 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. It's Gonna Be Alright 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. It's Just Because 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ferry Cross The Mersey 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I'll Wait For You 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Why Oh Why 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. I'll Be There (Mono) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Reelin' And Rockin' 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Rip It Up 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. You Win Again 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. It'll Be Me 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Walk Hand In Hand 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. La La La 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Girl On A Swing 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • ASIN: B00008O8CE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Budget price collection from EMI features 28 tracks. Copy Controlled. 2003.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Comparing Compilations July 17, 2006
By Staples
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, where 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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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just the essentials March 26, 2004
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This is one of the better compilations of this group's music, containing the essential hits together with an interesting selection of other tracks that show their roots.
They began their career with three number one UK hits, these being How do you do it (an up-tempo song that was offered to the Beatles), I like it (another up-tempo song) and You'll never walk alone (the Rodgers-Hammerstein ballad from Carousel that became the anthem of both Celtic and Liverpool football clubs).
They never had another number one hit but they had three more top ten hits - I'm the one (a number two hit), Don't let the sun catch you crying (their first American hit) and Ferry cross the Mersey (also an American hit). Their only other UK hits were It's gonna be alright, I'll be there and Walk hand in hand.
Their early UK hits charted in America following the success of Don't let the sun catch you crying, though without the impact they'd had in the UK. Girl on a swing missed the UK charts completely but made the USA top thirty.
Those ten hits are the only essential tracks but they recorded many other fine songs including covers of fifties songs made famous by Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Unlike some other Liverpool groups of the time, they did not look to the Beatles as a source of songs.
If you like the music of the Beatles, give Gerry and the Pacemakers a listen. You might enjoy their music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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 usually more middle-of-the-road compared with everyone else in the early stable.
Their initial propellant here in the U. S. 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 pleasant 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 slim 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you could want September 2, 2004
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This often overlooked group is very well represented on this great compilation. If you are not familiar with Gerry Marsden's band beyond his two famous songs "Ferry Across the Mersey" and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying", this fills in the gaps quite nicely. If you are an avid Beatles fan, as I am, you already know that they had the same producer, George Martin, and that the Pacemakers inherited some early Lennon-McCartney compositions that the Fab Four passsed on, or never released. So, there is a similarity in sound, especially in the '63 - '65 songs. The difference is the Pacemakers never strayed from their roots, while the Beatles were constantly reinventing themselves. If your favorite Beatles period was when they just wanted to hold your hand, then you'll love this album.
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