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The Searchers: Hearts in Their Eyes: Celebrating 50 Years of Harmony & Jangle *

Audio Samples

>Sweets for My Sweet [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
>Rosalie [Demo]
>Sho' Know a Lot About Love [Demo]
>Let's Stomp [Demo]
>Sweet Nothin's [Live]
>Learning the Game [Live]
>Hey Joe [Live]
>Sweet Little Sixteen [Live]
>Sweets for My Sweet
>It's All Been a Dream
>Alright
>Love Potion No. 9
>Farmer John
>Money (That's What I Want)
>Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya
>Since You Broke My Heart
>Tricky Dicky
>Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
>Sugar and Spice
>Saints and Searchers
>Don't Cha Know
>Some Other Guy
>Listen to Me
>Unhappy Girls
>(Ain't That) Just Like Me
>Cherry Stones
>All My Sorrows
>Hungry for Love
>Once Upon a Time [Pye Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
>Needles and Pins
>Saturday Night Out
>Don't Throw Your Love Away
>I Pretend I'm with You
>This Empty Place
>Where Have You Been?
>It's in Her Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)
>Sea of Heartbreak
>I Count the Tears
>Hi Heel Sneakers
>Can't Help Forgiving You
>I (Who Have Nothing) [Pye Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
>Someday We're Gonna Love Again
>No One Else Could Love Me
>Someday We're Gonna Love Again [Alt Take] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
>Bye Bye Baby
>Watch Your Step
>When You Walk in the Room
>(I'll Be) Missing You
>What Have They Done to the Rain?
>This Feeling Inside
>You Beat Me to the Punch
>System, The
>Love Potion No. 9
>Fortune Teller
>Chris Curtis Interview - (previously unreleased)
>Goodbye My Love
>Till I Met You
>Everybody Come Clap Your Hands
>If I Could Find Someone
>Magic Potion
>Bumble Bee
>Till You Say You'll Be Mine
>I Don't Want to Go On Without You [Alt Take] [Pye Outtake] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
>I'll Be Doggone [Alt Version] [Pye Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
>Stage Door
>He's Got No Love
>So Far Away
>Chris Curtis Interview - (previously unreleased)
>When I Get Home
>I'm Never Coming Back
>Take Me for What I'm Worth
>Too Many Miles
>Does She Really Care for Me?
>It's Time
>You Can't Lie to a Liar
>Don't You Know Why?
>Each Time
>Four Strong Winds
>Mike Pender Interview - (previously unreleased)
>Take It or Leave It
>Don't Hide It Away
>Aggravation
>Have I Done Something Wrong?
>Have You Ever Loved Somebody?
>It's Just the Way (Love Will Come and Go)
>Frank Allen Interview - (previously unreleased)
>Popcorn, Double Feature
>I'll Be Loving You [Live] - (previously unreleased)
>Western Union
>I'll Cry Tomorrow
>Second Hand Dealer
>Crazy Dreams
>Umbrella Man
>Over the Weekend
>Pussy Willow Dream
>Shoot 'Em Up Baby
>Suzanna
>Desdemona
>Love Is Everywhere
>Sing, Singer, Sing
>Vahevala
>Solitaire
>Spicks and Specks
>Don't Shut Me Out [RCA Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
>Hearts in Her Eyes
>Switchboard Susan
>It's Too Late [Single Mix] - (remix)
>Love's Gonna Be Strong
>Love's Melody
>Changing
>Silver
>Everything But a Heartbeat
>Radio Romance
>Another Night
>I Don't Want to Be the One
>In the Heat of the Night [PRT Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
>Somebody Told Me (You Were Crying)
>This Boy's in Love
>Every River [Live] - (previously unreleased)
>Seven Nights to Rock [Live] - (previously unreleased)

Track List

>Sweets for My Sweet [Demo] - (previously unreleased)
>Rosalie [Demo]
>Sho' Know a Lot About Love [Demo]
>Let's Stomp [Demo]
>Sweet Nothin's [Live]
>Learning the Game [Live]
>Hey Joe [Live]
>Sweet Little Sixteen [Live]
>Sweets for My Sweet
>It's All Been a Dream
>Alright
>Love Potion No. 9
>Farmer John
>Money (That's What I Want)
>Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya
>Since You Broke My Heart
>Tricky Dicky
>Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
>Sugar and Spice
>Saints and Searchers
>Don't Cha Know
>Some Other Guy
>Listen to Me
>Unhappy Girls
>(Ain't That) Just Like Me
>Cherry Stones
>All My Sorrows
>Hungry for Love
>Once Upon a Time [Pye Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
>Needles and Pins
>Saturday Night Out
>Don't Throw Your Love Away
>I Pretend I'm with You
>This Empty Place
>Where Have You Been?
>It's in Her Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)
>Sea of Heartbreak
>I Count the Tears
>Hi Heel Sneakers
>Can't Help Forgiving You
>I (Who Have Nothing) [Pye Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
>Someday We're Gonna Love Again
>No One Else Could Love Me
>Someday We're Gonna Love Again [Alt Take] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
>Bye Bye Baby
>Watch Your Step
>When You Walk in the Room
>(I'll Be) Missing You
>What Have They Done to the Rain?
>This Feeling Inside
>You Beat Me to the Punch
>System, The
>Love Potion No. 9
>Fortune Teller
>Chris Curtis Interview - (previously unreleased)
>Goodbye My Love
>Till I Met You
>Everybody Come Clap Your Hands
>If I Could Find Someone
>Magic Potion
>Bumble Bee
>Till You Say You'll Be Mine
>I Don't Want to Go On Without You [Alt Take] [Pye Outtake] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
>I'll Be Doggone [Alt Version] [Pye Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
>Stage Door
>He's Got No Love
>So Far Away
>Chris Curtis Interview - (previously unreleased)
>When I Get Home
>I'm Never Coming Back
>Take Me for What I'm Worth
>Too Many Miles
>Does She Really Care for Me?
>It's Time
>You Can't Lie to a Liar
>Don't You Know Why?
>Each Time
>Four Strong Winds
>Mike Pender Interview - (previously unreleased)
>Take It or Leave It
>Don't Hide It Away
>Aggravation
>Have I Done Something Wrong?
>Have You Ever Loved Somebody?
>It's Just the Way (Love Will Come and Go)
>Frank Allen Interview - (previously unreleased)
>Popcorn, Double Feature
>I'll Be Loving You [Live] - (previously unreleased)
>Western Union
>I'll Cry Tomorrow
>Second Hand Dealer
>Crazy Dreams
>Umbrella Man
>Over the Weekend
>Pussy Willow Dream
>Shoot 'Em Up Baby
>Suzanna
>Desdemona
>Love Is Everywhere
>Sing, Singer, Sing
>Vahevala
>Solitaire
>Spicks and Specks
>Don't Shut Me Out [RCA Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
>Hearts in Her Eyes
>Switchboard Susan
>It's Too Late [Single Mix] - (remix)
>Love's Gonna Be Strong
>Love's Melody
>Changing
>Silver
>Everything But a Heartbeat
>Radio Romance
>Another Night
>I Don't Want to Be the One
>In the Heat of the Night [PRT Outtake] - (previously unreleased)
>Somebody Told Me (You Were Crying)
>This Boy's in Love
>Every River [Live] - (previously unreleased)
>Seven Nights to Rock [Live] - (previously unreleased)

Album Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "HEARTS IN THEIR EYES excels by digging up the likes of 'Take It Or Leave It''s sulky sounding flipside, 'Don't Hide It Away,' and 1967's gorgeous psych-pop non-hits 'Pussy Willow Dream' and 'Popcorn Double Feature'..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.96) - "Among the Merseybeat hordes, The Searchers stood out....Their sound was likewise tidy, all gliding vocal harmonies and neatly chopped Rickenbacker..."

Album Notes

Liner Note Authors: Bob Stanley ; Tim Viney; Frank Allen; Roger Dopson.

In a way, the Searchers are a footnote. Never entering the upper echelon of British Invasion beat groups, the band nevertheless had legs, outlasting all but the titans of the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Who. The Searchers always flew just below the radar, even if they had something of a renaissance at the tail end of the '70s with a new lineup headed by lead singer -- and only constant -- John McNally, with his lead guitarist companion Mike Pender directing the band through two superb power pop LPs and their jangle echoing in the stable of Shelter Records, heard strongly in the early records of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. They are best known for their earliest hits -- 1963's "Sweets for My Sweet," 1964's "Needles and Pins" -- which may be because they were their biggest hits but it's also because the Searchers never abandoned their pure pop template throughout their entire career, something that becomes blindingly evident over the course of the four-disc box set Hearts in Their Eyes. Every other Brit group of their time stretched their wings during the psychedelic years but the Searchers pledged their allegiance to jangling guitars and sweet melodies, dipping their toes into the soft slick waters left behind by Bacharach but pretty much adhering to their game plan of playing ringing rock and turning R&B into pop. When their peers were blowing their minds, the Searchers got a little bit bubblegum and while they consolidated their strengths during the power pop '70s, they were always somewhat restrained by the lack of a truly distinctive songwriter. McNally could turn out some handsome melodic tunes but they were at the mercy of other writers, borrowing heavily from American pop and R&B in the early years, then finding gems among the pub rockers in the late '70s. These strengths and weaknesses are in equal relief on Hearts in Their Eyes, which may not contain all of their released singles -- their cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" is nowhere to be found -- but it has all their best along with smartly selected highlights from their albums. Taken together, it is the big jangle: tuneful, crystalline pop that likely sounds better at a remove than it did at the time due to its unadventurous consistency. The Searchers weren't trailblazers; they were a dogged, dedicated beat group that never strayed from its hooky vision. They don't belong in the upper echelon of British beat but they have their place, as this entertaining and comprehensive box makes plain. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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