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The Searchers - Greatest Hits [Rhino]

SearchersAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ziriguiboom Brasil
  • ASIN: B000006JQR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good time early sixties pop music October 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Searchers, like everybody else of their era, were overshadowed by the Beatles, but they made some great music of their own. All the essential hits are here - their only American top ten hit (Love potion No. 9), plus all their big British hits, several of which were covers of American songs - which, of course, is why they didn't have much success in America.
Their chart career begin in Britain with Sweets for my sweet (Drifters) and was followed by Sugar and spice, a song written by Tony Hatch, who is best remembered for Downtown and the other songs he wrote for Petula. For their third single, they covered Needles and pins, which was first recorded by Jackie De Shannon but was actually written by Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche. The group Smokie revived it in the seventies.
Although Jackie De Shannon didn't write Needles and pins, the Searchers recorded several songs that Jackie did write, most famously When you walk in the room - interestingly, this song was revived by Pam Tillis, who had a number two American country hit in the early nineties with the song. Don't throw your love away and Goodbye my love were also huge British hits. What have they done to the rain? was a top 20 hit and was one of the first ecological songs to hit the British charts.
If you only want a single CD of Searchers music, this is a good one to choose.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FIVE FOR CONTENT AND PERFORMANCE! February 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The mid-sixties gave us so much terrific music, it was hard for any one group (besides the Beatles) to stand out of the crowd. The Searchers were an exception. Their music was so well crafted and performed that in retrospect their best was as good as it got. Great tunes, well sung and recorded, this music stands up well even thirty years later. And one thing which you've got to love--there is a lot of diversity in their music. I don't give many 5-star ratings, so be sure to put his album on your "must-have" list of 60's rock.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant reminder of the British Invasion August 14, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Listeners of this cd will be reminded that, in the era of just three guitars and a drummer, the British Invasion provided a pleasant change from American sounds in the early 1960s. The sound quality of this cd is remarkable. On "Don't Throw Your Love Away" you can actually hear someone in the studio rustling some papers at the very start of the song. The opening drum riff on "Needles and Pins" will stir the blood of any Mersey listener. This album is nothing but pop....but pure, straight and beautiful pop it is with jingle jangle guitars and high harmonies covering songs that strongly hint of a lost era of innocence. Either you love this stuff ...or you don't!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Varied Personnel - And They Stood Out From The Rest July 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD
In the opening paragraph of the four pages of liner notes Parke Puterbaugh says "Of the groups in the British Invasion vanguard, the Searchers were always just a little bit different. It wasn't flamboyance - long hair, loud music - but the lack of it that made them stand out among their rock 'n roll brethern."

That is so true. And something else that set them apart from most of the British groups was the constant change-over in personnel. After serving as the back-up band for British singer Johnny Sandon until 1962, and playing gigs at Hamburg's Star Club, the original group of Mike Pender, John McNally [vocals and guitars], Tony Jackson [vocals and bass], and drummer Chris Curtis scored their first hit in the U.K. in June 1963 with a cover of The Drifter's hit Sweets For My Sweet [track 1], followed in August by an album [# 2 in the UK], Meet The Searchers, for the Pye label.

In October they had their second UK hit, Sugar And Spice, reach # 2, but a North American release by Liberty failed to chart. Again, that was followed by an album, Sugar And Spice [# 5 in the UK] in November. By the start of the following year the Kapp label had taken over distribution in the U.S. just in time for Needles And Pins, written by Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche, which was a # 1 in the UK and a # 13 Billboard Hot 100 in April 1964 in North America. Their third album, Meet The Searchers - Needles And Pins, combined tracks from their first two and went to # 22 in North America [not released in the UK].
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Invasion most of us have forgotten December 1, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Brits came over and blasted us not only with the Stones and Beatles, but with groups like Gerry and the Pacemakers, Peter and Gordon and the best of them, The Searchers. They gave us hit after hit. Songs with a beat we could dance to and sing along to. Love Potion #9 was sung by many groups, but it is their version we remember. If you like music with that heavy beat this is the album for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start For New Searchers Fans October 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Its a shame that The Searchers were one of the most underatted bands of the British Invasion and that they only had a couple of hits here in the States. But yet over in England the only other group to give these guys trouble chart wise was of course The Beatles. Play this disc and youll understand and hear why. Fantastic guitar work, vocals drums, AWESOME DOUBLE TRACKING done correctly by these guys not just using the same vocals from the first track which used to be the norm. These guys worked very hard on all of their material. There is no way I could pick who was the better lead vocalist overall of the two main guys Tony Jackson Or Frank Allen. If your thinking that its like all the other British invasion type of material you will be extremely pleased to find that The Searchers were not the typical British acts. The Searchers truly have THE BEST version of Some Other Guy which sadly is not on this disc. No matter for now, youll love this music, find it different from other acts hear them grow and mature to the point you yourself will become a Searcher attempting to find their other material. This is truly an act that belongs in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sound quality not so great on a few songs
If you liked the searchers this has all their hits - great walk down memory lane with lots of good music.
Published 4 months ago by PKC in Cinti
5.0 out of 5 stars The Searchers' Greatest Hits
This is a very good hits collection. Almost all their hits are here!
There are also two other very good Searchers collections: The Very Best Of The Searchers (Metro) and The... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Klas
5.0 out of 5 stars Still not Forgotten but Great English Group
The Searchers kind of remind me of the Beatles, Great Vocals and great harmony, Great songs like, Neddles and Pins and Don't Throw Your Love Away, just to name a couple.
Published 15 months ago by Eeugene Reilly
3.0 out of 5 stars The Searchers Greatest Hits
There are a handful of really great songs on this cd that are classic rock-n-roll gotta-have-a-copy hit songs. Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. Techmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't this Review - Just Like Me.....
People. Let me tell you, I may be an old Seer (that you know and love) however, it is all an illusion. Read more
Published on November 13, 2010 by ! Metamorpho ;)
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic and fun
Clearly influenced by the Everley Brothers, Buddy Holly and various Skiffle groups, the Searchers served up American-inspired folk-pop-rock that kept the noise-filled disco caverns... Read more
Published on August 5, 2007 by Peter Reeve
2.0 out of 5 stars A selection---we need a complete set of all they did.
The Searchers are still touring and I saw them last year in Bay Shore, new York state. This album here is fine, BUT the group's work is much more worth getting INTO. Read more
Published on March 13, 2007 by George H. Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tracks-Great Performances-Nice Price & Best Sound Quality
Not only a great reminder and roundup of great SEARCHERS tracks and "covers," it is one of the best sounding CD's of their tracks. Read more
Published on December 31, 2006 by KC
4.0 out of 5 stars CHEESY BUT FUN
THE SEARCHERS were one of five groups stamped as MERSEY BEAT groups during the BRITISH INVASION.Apart from THE BEATLES,easily the best group of the bunch,there were THE DAVE CLARK... Read more
Published on September 14, 2002 by ALAIN ROBERT
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