Another Night: Sire Recordings 1979-1981

Another Night: Sire Recordings 1979-1981

by The Searchers


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The Searchers never quite went away but they did fall off the radar in the 1970s, failing to capture any momentum as they continued to tour and occasionally record. Their fortunes reversed in 1979, when they signed a contract with Sire Records. This wasn't necessarily out of the blue -- the times had shifted back to the ringing guitar pop that was their specialty during the British Invasion. Crucially, the Searchers didn't decide to re-create the sound of "Sugar and Spice" or "Needles and Pins," instead deciding to hitch their wagon to the power pop that emerged in the wave of pub rock, while taking a glance at the rise of new wave rockers in America. On their two records for the label -- 1979's The Searchers and 1981's Love's Melodies, which are collected on this double-disc Omnivore set, along with a host of rarities, including the unreleased "Ambulance Chaser" -- the group explores both of these sounds, primarily by covering songs from the heavy-hitters on both sides of the Atlantic. A lot of this music feels as if it were channeled through the prism of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds -- not specifically Rockpile, as the Searchers never rock that hard, but rather their productions; for instance, the cover of Ducks Deluxe's "Love's Melody" is as gorgeous and ornate as Edmunds' productions for latter-day Brinsley Schwarz, while the Searchers cover Mickey Jupp's "Switchboard Susan," which would be popularized on Lowe's Labour of Lust -- but there's an AOR bent to the production that suits a veteran group. Underneath that polish lies a nimble, versatile band with exceptional taste. Not only did they find songs from Will Birch and John Wicks of the Records ("Hearts in Her Eyes," as perfect a pop single as there is, plus the Birch co-writes "Everything But a Heartbeat" and "Radio Romance"), they dug up chestnuts from Tom Petty, John Hiatt, John Fogerty, and Moon Martin, and became the first prominent group to cover Big Star in 1981 when they cut "September Gurls." The Searchers mimicked the original arrangements, they bent the songs to suit their skills -- their recordings are layered with harmonies and the rhythms are supple -- and that dexterity is why Another Night: Sire Recordings 1979-1981 is such brilliant power pop: it has evident roots in the past but it's focused on the now, as all the best pop always is.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/08/2017
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651012732
catalogNumber: 101273
Rank: 102629

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Searchers   Primary Artist
Frank Allen   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Harmony
Dave Charles   Percussion
Martin Hughes   Percussion
Bob Jackson   Keyboards
Mike Pender   Guitar,Vocals,Harmony
Ed Stasium   Keyboards
Mick Weaver   Keyboards
Billy Adamson   Percussion,Drums
John McNally   Guitar,Harmony

Technical Credits

Alex Chilton   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Chris Kenner   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
John Williams   Composer
Frank Allen   Composer
Greg Allen   Reissue Design
Will Birch   Composer
Randy Bishop   Composer
Noel Brown   Composer
Moon Martin   Composer
Mike Pender   Composer
Paul Shuttleworth   Composer
Ed Stasium   Producer,Remixing
John McNally   Composer
John Wicks   Composer
Dave Paul   Composer
Ronnie Thomas   Composer
Pat Moran   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes
Vic Collins   Composer
Richie Bull   Composer
Micky Jupp   Composer
Andy McMasters   Composer

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