Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Quality Of Mersey


Great record this, and though the original's a lost soul classic, I still think I prefer the cover.

And I was pleased Paul Du Noyer was so kind about The Searchers in his book - 'the sound that was so special....radiant, chiming twin-guitars...a profound influence on The Byrds' Roger McGuinn' ; they weren't songwriters and couldn't compete with the Lennons and McCartneys and Davies and Stones, but their singles were so much a part of our late 60s infancies, always there, in the air, needles and pins-ah - shimmering clean.

I don't remember this one from the time, which made me love it all the more when it finally reached me on a reissue label sampler, sometime in the early 90s when it was otherwise all squall and baggy and blast.

The Searchers - 'Goodbye My Love' (1965)

13 comments:

  1. I love The Searchers, it's such a crisp sound, more chimey than The Byrds ever were if you ask me.

    I have this on an old tape, taped from one of those shows on Radio 1 back in the day that picked hits from a year and then told you what the year was at the end.

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  2. Lovely. The Golden Hour: Master(Simon)Bates.

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  3. And it was the year I was born.

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  4. his mums going to be furious when she sees the state of her cheesegrater...
    what a treat. i think i only know needles and pins. is there more?

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  5. hell the golden hour was just so eeeeeasy i mean there just weren't that many years. if you more than one wrong either way well....

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  6. related doodahs round mineif you're feeling that way
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  7. Love this. One of my first LPs was The Golden Hour of The Searchers.

    Have you heard He's Got No Love? A lost gem written by Curtis & Pender.

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  8. Lovely work Mr H.

    They're still at it y'know.

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  9. There are two rival outfits I think.

    Contractual tussles and cabaret eh? Seems it often ends that way.

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