Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
30th Anniversary Collection / 3cd Set
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Rewarding and Praiseworthy
dev1 | Baltimore | 07/21/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Searchers 30th Anniversary Collection is a heavenly trip down memory lane, a reference work on the origins of Merseybeat and Folk-Rock music, and a glimpse into the influence of the Searchers on Power Pop. The origins of the Searchers' sound are loud and clear: the glorious Everly Brothers' vocal harmonies (`Till I Met You, Too Many Miles), Buddy Holly's rock-a-billy (Bye Bye Johnny), and the Byrds' 12-sting guitar jingle-jangle (Needles And Pins). The "origin" versus "influence" argument concerning 12-string Folk-Rock is debatable, but this is not the proper place. For fans of groups such as the Records, the Smithereens and Big Star, the Anniversary Collection is an excellent authority on heavy-handed use of bass guitar and drums (Crazy Dreams, Each Time).Are there any cuts here that deserve standing ovations? More than I can count. `When You Walk Into A Room' and `Each Time' remind me just how adorable a writer and singer was Jackie De Shannon. The slow dance "I Don't Want To Go On Without You' (two versions are included) gives me goosebumps. The Searchers' later recordings show that they didn't die when the sixties ended, but continued to record dazzling Power Pop. The melodic and intense jangle of `I Don't Want To Be The One' and `Hollywood' are just two reasons why the Searchers' self-titled 1979 vinyl album on the Castle label demands such big bucks.With almost 3-hours of music, all is not agreeable. I could just as soon do without the early skiffle compositions, and how anyone can enjoy lyrics in German (no offense to our valued allies) is beyond me. For a rewarding and praiseworthy collection of sixties and seventies melodic rock, the Searchers 30th Anniversary Collection can't be beat. Note: The 1992 Sequel UK Collection and the 1994 US issue from Collectables are the same."
A must have collection for Searchers fans.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having been a teen in the early 60's and having experienced the British Invasion music first hand, I have always been partial to The Searchers music, considering them equal to The Beatles. Their unique guitar sounds and vocal harmonies were a perfect blend. I have all of their original 60's U.S. L.P.'s but had to have this C.D. for the rarities plus the improved digital sound. I was not disappointed when I heard it. The sound is sharp and clear and the music is great. If you are a Searchers fan this C.D. is a must. If you are not that familiar with The Searchers but are a fan of the British Invasion music, you will still enjoy this C.D. You can't beat the music nor the price for this box set."
What's not to like here?
email@example.com | 06/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! 84 songs for just under $30, the best overview of the Searchers career you are likely to get, almost all the b-sides of their 60s singles (along with the a-sides, of course), a cool fold-out poster-like insert with facts, facts, facts...I'm running out of breath!Seriously, of the 84 songs, very few are less than enjoyable. This collection doesn't include the Sire or RCA recordings, which are certainly worthy, but they are available elsewhere. In fact, if you pick up those two albums along with this, you will have one heck of a Searchers collection. Isn't the CD age amazing?"