American Tour (US) - Epic BN 26177 - 1964
Most people who grew up in the sixties will remember some of their big hits like "Red Balloon" or "Everybody Knows", both of which I nevered really cared for, but encoured by a big fan of the band I took a chance and bought this album on a "two originals on one" CD. Having listened to it 3-4 times now, I'm not very surprised that the group is on the way into oblivion. They did have a great lead singer in Mike Smith and did write occasional fine pop-songs, but judged from these two 1964 and 1965 albums ( supposedly among the best ) most of their material is quite average and forgettable.
A few songs, though, deserve to be brought out. "Because", "Anytime You Want Love" and "I Cried Over You" are fine Mersey-type ballads. Also interesting among the 6 bonus-track to find Neil Young's "Southern Man" which the band released as a single in 1970.