Sounds Like Searchers - Pye 1965
1965 was quite different from 1963, and many of the big names from first years of the Merseybeat, were already on their way to oblivion. For The Searchers, it would also be a challenge to follow the new trends, and to not end up being unhip.
Actually a handful of the album's songs on the border to being out of date for a 1965 album. For instance, who needs yet a cover version of "Something You Got", "Everybody Clap Your Hands" or "Let the Good Times Roll"? Chris Curtis is the only Searcher who contributes original material, and among these songs, one is a highlight of the album; of course the great "If I Could Find Someone". "You Wanna make her Happy" is solid without being remarkable. "Everything You Do" almost feels as filler.
There is, fortunately, also fine cover versions of Jackie DeShannon's "Till You Say You Be Mine" and the Barry / Greenwich song "Goodnight Baby" - both songs bear the classic Searchers sound. "I Do not Want to Go On Without You" is a nice ballad, with one for the Searchers unfamiliar strings arrangement.
In fact there is greater homogeneity among the bonus tracks, taken from singles released during 1964-65.
Three top twenty hits speak, of course, their own language, but these three are also among the group's most significant. "When You Walk in the Room" is probably only surpassed by "Needles and Pins" as the group's most beloved. "Goodbye My Love" is a great midtempo ballad and "What Have Done har til Rain" show the group from a very folkish and political side. The B-sides "I'll Be Missing You", "This Feeling Inside" and "Till I Met You", written by the group's own members, also keep a very high standard. Very sad that The Searchers were not more allowed to write songs for their albums.
All in all, a nice release with the original album in both stereo and mono versions; also fine notes about the group and the music.