You'll Never Walk Alone: The EMI Years 1963-1966

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gerry & the Pacemakers are fated to eternal comparisons to the Beatles, their onetime Merseybeat rivals who rapidly eclipsed the quartet in popularity and accomplishment, leaving them as something of a pop culture punchline. In the wake of the Beatles, it was hard to look back at Gerry Marsden and his irrepressibly cheerful music and think it was in the same league as the Fab Four, or any of the British Invasion groups that followed. That may be true, but Gerry & the Pacemakers shouldn't be judged against such R&B-schooled rockers as the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Kinks but rather against the stiff, starched rock & roll of pre-Beatles ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gerry & the Pacemakers are fated to eternal comparisons to the Beatles, their onetime Merseybeat rivals who rapidly eclipsed the quartet in popularity and accomplishment, leaving them as something of a pop culture punchline. In the wake of the Beatles, it was hard to look back at Gerry Marsden and his irrepressibly cheerful music and think it was in the same league as the Fab Four, or any of the British Invasion groups that followed. That may be true, but Gerry & the Pacemakers shouldn't be judged against such R&B-schooled rockers as the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Kinks but rather against the stiff, starched rock & roll of pre-Beatles Britain. Compared to this prim, proper pop, the skiffle beats and bouncy melodies of Gerry & the Pacemakers seem fresh, almost serving as a bridge between formative English rock and the bright blast of the Beatles -- who were contemporaries of Gerry & the Pacemakers, so this doesn't quite parse exactly, but seen this way the band doesn't seem like a joke, so it's easier to enjoy what the group had to offer. Even armed with this perspective, sitting through the four-disc, 123-track set You'll Never Walk Alone: The EMI Years 1963-1966 can be a bit of a long slog, and not just because this contains a full disc of stereo mixes in addition to some songs showing up sans strings or in other variations. Discounting these variations, You'll Never Walk Alone still serves up far too much too Gerry & the Pacemakers for anybody but the dedicated, but that doesn't mean this isn't instructive. First, this does confirm that they were a good singles band with the best of their hits -- the quite lovely "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey," the infectious "It's Gonna Be All Right," and depending on mood, maybe "How Do You Do It" -- holding up quite well. Outside of the singles, there aren't too many hidden treasures. Every once in a while there's a surprise like Marsden's delightful Beatlesque rocker "Think About Love" or a chirpy cover of the early Lennon-McCartney trifle "Hello Little Girl," and the group shows some aptitude on covers of Jerry Lee Lewis and Hank Williams, but for the most part this is pleasantly cheerful Merseybeat and not much more. The exception is the live Gerry in California EP; culled from a concert at Oakland in October 1964, the complete show of which is released here for the first time, this live performance shows the band to be more energetic on-stage than on record, turning in a fun performance showcasing a band that's eager to please. That eagerness translated into politeness in the studio, where they were only too happy to follow the lead of their producers and create polite, well-scrubbed pop whether they were happily singing Merseybeat or singing middlebrow pop like "Strangers in the Night" just when their peers were branching out. Gerry dipped his toe into folk-rock with a not-bad version of Paul Simon's "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine," but that was an anomaly -- by the end of his run at EMI, soft pop like "Guantanamera" was more his speed, which may explain why Gerry & the Pacemakers faded from the view just when their peers got psychedelic. You'll Never Walk Alone proves that the band just wasn't made for those times. Nevertheless, there's an enduring innocence to their music that does make this a pleasant nostalgia trip or piece of pop archeology, depending on your point of view, at least in small doses.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Caroline
  • EAN: 5099951925727
  • Catalog Number: 19257

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 How Do You Do It? (1:56)
  2. 2 Away from You (2:09)
  3. 3 It's Happened to Me (2:20)
  4. 4 I Like It (2:15)
  5. 5 Pretend (2:28)
  6. 6 Jambalaya (2:38)
  7. 7 Summertime (2:32)
  8. 8 The Wrong Yo Yo (2:21)
  9. 9 I'll Be There (3:17)
  10. 10 Slow Down (2:29)
  11. 11 Here's Hoping (1:48)
  12. 12 Where Have You Been All My Life? (2:36)
  13. 13 Maybellene (2:06)
  14. 14 You'll Never Walk Alone (2:40)
  15. 15 Don't Ever Stray (1:51)
  16. 16 Hello Little Girl (1:54)
  17. 17 Don't You Ever (1:50)
  18. 18 It's All Right (2:04)
  19. 19 You Can't Fool Me (2:17)
  20. 20 A Shot of Rhythm and Blues (2:11)
  21. 21 You're the Reason (2:19)
  22. 22 Chills (2:00)
  23. 23 I'm the One (2:18)
  24. 24 You've Got What I Like (2:09)
  25. 25 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (2:37)
  26. 26 Show Me That You Care (2:04)
  27. 27 She's the Only Girl for Me (2:31)
  28. 28 Why Oh Why (1:48)
  29. 29 Think About Love (1:46)
  30. 30 I'll Be There (3:30)
  31. 31 Give Me All Your Love (2:37)
  32. 32 Come Back to Me (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ferry Cross the Mersey (2:21)
  2. 2 It's Gonna Be All Right (2:25)
  3. 3 I'll Wait for You (2:11)
  4. 4 Fall in Love (1:47)
  5. 5 Baby You're So Good to Me (2:36)
  6. 6 This Thing Called Love (2:11)
  7. 7 My Love Forever (2:16)
  8. 8 It's Just Because (2:19)
  9. 9 Rip It Up (2:12)
  10. 10 Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On (3:07)
  11. 11 When Oh When (2:21)
  12. 12 What'd I Say (4:41)
  13. 13 I'll Be There (3:13)
  14. 14 My Babe (2:28)
  15. 15 Skinny Minnie (3:29)
  16. 16 It'll Be Me (2:18)
  17. 17 Reelin' and Rockin' (2:26)
  18. 18 You Win Again (3:04)
  19. 19 I Count the Tears (2:04)
  20. 20 You You You (2:01)
  21. 21 Now I'm Alone (2:45)
  22. 22 Dizzy Miss Lizzy (1:42)
  23. 23 My Babe (2:46)
  24. 24 Away from You (1:37)
  25. 25 What'd I Say (4:37)
  26. 26 Give Me All Your Love (2:38)
  27. 27 Come Back to Me (2:45)
  28. 28 Dreams (2:21)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hallelujah I Love Her So (2:47)
  2. 2 Tomorrow (2:30)
  3. 3 I'll Make It All Up to You (2:43)
  4. 4 Walk Hand in Hand (2:28)
  5. 5 Today I'm in Love (1:59)
  6. 6 La La (2:37)
  7. 7 Without You (2:56)
  8. 8 Girl on a Swing (2:06)
  9. 9 The Way You Look Tonight (2:10)
  10. 10 Fool to Myself (1:57)
  11. 11 The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (2:49)
  12. 12 On a Wonderful Day Like Today (2:12)
  13. 13 Tonight (1:54)
  14. 14 Strangers in the Night (1:55)
  15. 15 Who Can I Turn To (1:52)
  16. 16 See You in September (2:25)
  17. 17 Pretty Flamingo (2:17)
  18. 18 The End of the Rainbow (2:15)
  19. 19 Guantanamera (2:51)
  20. 20 Looking for My Life (2:46)
  21. 21 Anyone at All (2:35)
  22. 22 Introduction (0:18)
  23. 23 Dizzy Miss Lizzy (1:34)
  24. 24 I Like It (1:53)
  25. 25 My Babe (2:22)
  26. 26 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (2:20)
  27. 27 Slow Down (2:42)
  28. 28 I'm the One (1:47)
  29. 29 Away from You (1:51)
  30. 30 A Shot of Rhythm and Blues (1:53)
  31. 31 How Do You Do It (1:47)
  32. 32 What'd I Say (5:26)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (2:38)
  2. 2 Ferry Cross the Mersey (2:25)
  3. 3 It's Gonna Be All Right (2:11)
  4. 4 This Thing Called Love (2:12)
  5. 5 Reelin' and Rockin' (2:28)
  6. 6 Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On (3:06)
  7. 7 Rip It Up (2:12)
  8. 8 You Win Again (3:04)
  9. 9 I'll Be There (3:14)
  10. 10 You You You (2:06)
  11. 11 Give Me All Your Love (2:37)
  12. 12 Dreams (2:22)
  13. 13 Hallelujah I Love Her So (2:47)
  14. 14 I'll Make It Up All Up to You (2:43)
  15. 15 Walk Hand in Hand (2:30)
  16. 16 Today I'm in Love (2:00)
  17. 17 La La (2:39)
  18. 18 Without You (2:56)
  19. 19 Girl on a Swing (2:07)
  20. 20 The Way You Look Tonight (2:11)
  21. 21 A Fool to Myself (1:58)
  22. 22 The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (2:49)
  23. 23 On a Wonderful Day Like Today (2:13)
  24. 24 Tonight (1:54)
  25. 25 Strangers in the Night (1:56)
  26. 26 Who Can I Turn To (1:54)
  27. 27 See You in September (2:28)
  28. 28 Pretty Flamingo (2:17)
  29. 29 The End of the Rainbow (2:14)
  30. 30 Guantanamera (2:52)
  31. 31 Looking for My Life (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerry & the Pacemakers Primary Artist
George Martin Conductor
Johnny Spence Conductor
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Charlie Rich Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Bill Haley Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Larry Williams Composer
Bert Kaempfert Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Van McCoy Composer
George Martin Producer, Audio Production
Jerome Kern Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Les Chadwick Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Al DeLory Composer
Lew Douglas Composer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Milt Gabler Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Les Maguire Composer
Freddie Marsden Composer
Gerry Marsden Composer
Peter Mew Mastering
Ralph Miranda Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Ron Richards Producer
Charlie Singleton Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Jerry Keller Composer
Spencer Leigh Liner Notes
Eddie Snyder Composer
Cliff Parman Composer
Johnny Spence Orchestration
DuBose Heyward Composer
Sid Wayne Composer
Frank LaVere Composer
José Martí Composer
Héctor Angulo Composer
Catherine Cafra Composer
Jimmy Krondes Composer
Mitch Murray Composer
Kathy Bryan Remastering
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