One of the Definitive Mersey Beat Groups
thisisgibbie | Indianapolis | 08/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think that we can be generous. While not as polished as The Beatles, The Searchers, and Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Swinging Blue Jeans were one of the definitive Mersey Beat groups. Nevertheless, this is the real stuff.
"Hippy, Hippy, Shake" is their big hit. Along with "Shaking All Over", a few other songs that are certainly Mersey Beat are "It's Too Late Now" and "Promise You'll Tell Her" - the Liverpool harmonies, the major/minor chord syncopated transitions, the piano/guitar leads and the bass/drums back beat. Their unique signature is Ray Ennis' reaching vocals.
Per Mr. Bernabo's comment, it was The Who on the Live at Leeds recording that was the other well known version of "Shaking All Over" with a stadium sound version."
CAUTION!!! Two different versions!
Unsmart | 02/12/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There are two different CDs called "Hippy hippy shake: The definitive collection" here on Amazon. One from 1993 with 26 songs that's probably the best compilation there is with this band. This one you can only buy from private sellers here. And one from 2008 with 13 re-recorded songs that you can buy new for a very cheap price directly from Amazon. For some reason Amazon has chosen to put all the reviews for these two different CDs in the same place. And they put the same tracklist on both. Don't be fooled."