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You'll Never Walk Alone-The EMI Years-Gerry and the Pacemakers,
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There were many groups that came out of the first "British Invasion" in 1964. Some were truly great. These groups included the Kinks, the Zombies, the Stones, The Hollies, and the Animals (who were really the first band to bring a scruffy young folksinger named Bob Dylan to public knowledge). After those groups, there were groups who were good, but did not have the staying power of the groups mentioned above. These groups included Peter and Gordon (who recorded Paul McCartney's "World Without Love and "Woman"), Chad and Jeremy, Them (with Van Morrison), The Searchers, and, of course, Gerry and the Pacemakers. Gerry and the Pacemakers did something that no other British band has done since: their first three UK singles all went straight to number one in the UK charts. after that, they had more chart success, but did not have the songwriting talent of the "great" bands. I firmly believe that Gerry Marsden could have developed that talent; however, he did not want to leave his home in Liverpool for the pressure of the London music business. This collection gives the listener all of the recordings he made for EMI records from 1963-1965. he does pop-rock songs, folky songs, Broadway tunes, and blues tunes. Marsden had the talent; but not the drive. I wonder what he could have done if he did....
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Initial post: Jul 20, 2013 10:10:17 AM PDT
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Lawrence S. Stepanowicz says:
Your critique may or may not be accurate, but Gerry Marsden is still alive and still doing it, and still having fun. He didn't pay for success with his soul, and lose it, as so many among your so called 'truly great' seemed to have done.
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