The Definitive Pye Collection

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It used to be, with reissues of the Searchers' classic Pye Records sides, that the challenge was getting them to sound good. Since 20-bit and 24-bit remastering have become the norm, however, the only challenge for Sanctuary Records or the Sequel and Castle Records imprints seems to be how inexpensive they can make the group's U.K. CDs, and also how many different reissues and compilations they can get out on the group's Pye Records library of around 100 songs -- after all, this three-CD set is at least the second triple-decker career survey of the group put out by the label since the 1980s. And the Liverpool-based band is threatening to pass the Who in terms of the sheer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It used to be, with reissues of the Searchers' classic Pye Records sides, that the challenge was getting them to sound good. Since 20-bit and 24-bit remastering have become the norm, however, the only challenge for Sanctuary Records or the Sequel and Castle Records imprints seems to be how inexpensive they can make the group's U.K. CDs, and also how many different reissues and compilations they can get out on the group's Pye Records library of around 100 songs -- after all, this three-CD set is at least the second triple-decker career survey of the group put out by the label since the 1980s. And the Liverpool-based band is threatening to pass the Who in terms of the sheer number of reissues and compilations of their work, which is amazing when you consider that the Searchers last charted a single about 38 years previously -- to be sure, they've been adding many good and some great songs to their catalog in the decades since, but no hits as such. This set is nicely comprehensive at 75 songs, limited as it is to finished masters and official releases -- there are no vault finds here such as the Iron Door Sessions tracks or live radio recordings, just singles, B-sides, EP tracks, and LP tracks covering four years in their history, all sounding excellent and in stereo wherever they were mastered that way. In effect, this is a more expansive companion or alternative to the 2003-released 40th Anniversary double-CD set, with more attention paid to the overview than to the placement of individual songs -- thus, there are 11 songs between "Sweets for My Sweet" and "Sugar and Spice," with "Love Potion No. 9" a hit in the U.S. but nowhere else in between, and ten more tracks to "Needles and Pins." But along the way, in addition to such oft-anthologized cuts as "Don't Cha Know" and "Hungry for Love," the producers have included their harder sides like "Some Other Guy," "Bye Bye Johnny," and "Twist and Shout," as well as their almost premature venture into folk-rock with "All My Sorrows," and the second and third discs are filled with their better ventures into soul "I'll Be Doggone," etc. and more advanced pop
ock amid the obligatory singles. Few stones have been left unturned, at least among the group's core library, though it might've been nice to have gotten a demo track or perhaps a better concert track represented as well. As it is, however, this set does represent their best if not always their most interesting work. The music not only has great detail and a very close, emphatic sound but has been centered, so that on the stereo cuts one gets the stereo effect without the widely spaced, highly artificial ping-ponging between voices and instruments that was common on their early CDs. The annotation is minimal, the accompanying booklet containing photos including some cool instrument shots more than text, and it would've been handy if the release dates had been listed as well. Still, the price is right and no one is likely to be displeased with the sound or the music, and it's possible that a few obscurities will be discovered along the way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2008
  • Label: Sanctuary Uk
  • EAN: 5050749200525
  • Catalog Number: 5
  • Sales rank: 36,453

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweets for My Sweet (2:30)
  2. 2 It's All Been a Dream (1:49)
  3. 3 Alright (2:09)
  4. 4 Love Potion No. 9 (2:05)
  5. 5 Farmer John (2:00)
  6. 6 Money (That's What I Want) (2:50)
  7. 7 Da Doo Ron Ron (2:24)
  8. 8 Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya (2:13)
  9. 9 Since You Broke My Heart (2:53)
  10. 10 Tricky Dicky (2:10)
  11. 11 Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (2:58)
  12. 12 Twist and Shout (2:47)
  13. 13 Sugar and Spice (2:17)
  14. 14 Don't Cha Know (2:02)
  15. 15 Some Other Guy (2:08)
  16. 16 Listen to Me (2:13)
  17. 17 Unhappy Girls (2:38)
  18. 18 (Ain't That) Just Like Me (2:24)
  19. 19 Oh My Lover (2:24)
  20. 20 Cherry Stones (2:31)
  21. 21 All My Sorrows (3:25)
  22. 22 Hungry for Love (2:22)
  23. 23 Bye Bye Johnny (2:45)
  24. 24 Needles and Pins (2:13)
  25. 25 Saturday Night Out (1:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don't Throw Your Love Away (2:18)
  2. 2 I Pretend I'm With You (1:59)
  3. 3 It's in Her Kiss (2:16)
  4. 4 Sea of Heartbreak (2:24)
  5. 5 Where Have You Been (2:38)
  6. 6 This Empty Space (2:08)
  7. 7 I Count the Tears (2:02)
  8. 8 Can't Help Forgiving You (2:05)
  9. 9 Sho' Know a Lot About Love (2:24)
  10. 10 I (Who Have Nothing) (2:46)
  11. 11 Someday We're Gonna Love Again (1:58)
  12. 12 No One Else Could Love You (2:14)
  13. 13 When You Walk in the Room (2:22)
  14. 14 (I'll Be) Missing You (2:04)
  15. 15 What Have They Done to the Rain? (2:34)
  16. 16 This Feeling Inside (1:44)
  17. 17 The System (2:32)
  18. 18 Goodbye My Love (2:59)
  19. 19 'Til I Met You (2:58)
  20. 20 Everybody Come Clap Your Hands (2:41)
  21. 21 If I Could Find Someone (2:19)
  22. 22 Magic Potion (2:36)
  23. 23 I Don't Want to Go on Without You (3:28)
  24. 24 Bumble Bee (2:14)
  25. 25 Till You Say You'll Be Mine (2:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 He's Got No Love (2:37)
  2. 2 So Far Away (2:02)
  3. 3 When I Get Home (2:11)
  4. 4 Take Me for What I'm Worth (2:42)
  5. 5 Too Many Miles (2:11)
  6. 6 I'll Be Doggone (2:55)
  7. 7 Does She Really Care for Me (2:07)
  8. 8 It's Time (2:37)
  9. 9 You Can't Lie to a Liar (2:23)
  10. 10 Don't You Know Why (2:39)
  11. 11 Each Time (2:49)
  12. 12 Be My Baby (3:19)
  13. 13 Four Strong Winds (3:08)
  14. 14 Take It or Leave It (2:47)
  15. 15 Don't Hide It Away (2:42)
  16. 16 Have You Ever Loved Somebody (2:40)
  17. 17 It's Just the Way (Love Will Come and Go) (2:40)
  18. 18 Popcorn, Double Feature (2:57)
  19. 19 Western Union (2:29)
  20. 20 I'll Cry Tomorrow (3:49)
  21. 21 Second Hand Dealer (3:45)
  22. 22 Crazy Dreams (2:37)
  23. 23 I Don't Want to Be the One (3:39)
  24. 24 Hollywood (3:51)
  25. 25 Innocent Victim (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Searchers Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Billy Guy Composer
Ian Tyson Composer
Malvina Reynolds Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
P.F. Sloan Composer
LaVern Baker Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Don Everly Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Jack Nitzsche Composer
Dewey Terry Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Jimmy Wisner Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Paul Hampton Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Frank Allen Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Sonny Bono Composer
Earl "Speedo" Carroll Composer
Chris Curtis Composer
Hal David Composer
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Johnny Durrill Composer
Norm Ezell Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Don "Sugarcane" Harris Composer
Billy Jackson Composer
Phil Medley Composer
Mike Pender Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Sharon Sheeley Composer
J. Smith Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Jerry Wexler Composer
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Michael Rabon Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
John McNally Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Rudy Clark Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
Charles Hardin Composer
Ivy Rorschach Composer
Russell Alquist Composer
Fred Anisfield Composer
David Box Composer
Fred Burch Composer
Carlo Donida Composer
Lester Vanadore Composer
Ernie Hall Composer
Mogol Audio 2 Composer
Crummy Flags Composer
Steve Hammonds Creative Coordinator
Eddie Fullylove Composer
Ronald Mack Composer
David Wells Liner Notes
Fred Nightingale Composer
David Hampton Composer
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