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Compiled to celebrate The Searchers’ 50th anniversary, this 4-CD boxed set presents a wholly comprehensive overview of the band’s career, starting with tracks from the legendary 10” demo LP which they recorded at Liverpool’s Iron Door Club, including the powerful arrangement of ‘Sweets For My Sweet’ which ultimately won them their Pye recording contract. Following a handful of live sides, recorded at Hamburg’s celebrated Star Club in the Spring of 1963, it goes on to include all the many UK and international hits they cut for Pye between 1963-67, plus the pick of their EP and LP tracks and a number of collectors’ oddities, including brief clips from a handful of BBC Radio interviews.
They subsequently recorded for labels like Liberty (included here is their ‘long-lost’ European single, ‘Shoot ’Em Up Baby’), RCA (great versions of Neil Sedaka’s ‘Solitaire’ and The Bee Gees’ ‘Spicks And Specks’), Sire (check out the magnificent Power-Pop of ‘Hearts In Her Eyes’ and ‘Love’s Melody’), PRT (the excellent ‘I Don’t Want To Be The One’ and the previously-unreleased ‘In The Heat Of The Night’), and the German Coconut label (the self-penned ‘This Boy’s In Love’, from their 1988 LP Hungry Hearts). Bringing the story fully up to date, we close with a couple of 21st Century live recordings, the band’s revivals of Kim Richey’s ‘Every River’ and Moon Mullican’s ‘Seven Nights To Rock’, the latter a real crowd-pleaser. The 64-page, stitched-in booklet features a substantial history of the band from highly- respected Rock writer Bob Stanley, a foreword from the infamous Jon Savage, input from all the surviving Searchers, plus a plethora of rare photo’s, memorabilia, picture sleeves, etc.