Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gerry and Pacemakers - Ferry cross The Mersey (1965)


Granted, all but fanatics should be satisfied with a best-of for Gerry & the Pacemakers. But British Invasion specialists could do worse than pick up this reissue, which packages their 1965 LP with 14 rare bonus tracks. Ferry Cross the Mersey itself has nine Gerry Marsden originals, and aside from the hits (the title track and "It's Gonna Be All Right"), these rarely show up on compilations; they have the same lightweight, energetic Merseybeat charm of most of their early material. The album (which accompanied the long-gone Ferry Cross the Mersey film) also had some decent guest tracks by fellow Liverpudlians the Fourmost and Cilla Black, and a moody instrumental by the George Martin Orchestra. The bonus cuts aren't quite up to the same level, but they're pretty hard to come by otherwise: four songs that only appeared on an obscure compilation LP, rare singles from 1966 and 1967, the "film version" of "It's Gonna Be All Right" (identical to the single except for a few more instrumental bars at the beginning), and their super-rare 1966 live EP, Gerry in California.
Review by Richie Unterberger
1. It's Gonna Be Alright ("wide" stereo version) 2. Why Oh Why 3. Fall In Love 4. Think About Love 5. I Love You Too 6. All Quiet On The Mersey Front 7. This Thing Called Love 8. Baby You're So Good To Me 9. I'll Wait For You 10. She's The Only Girl For Me 11. Is It Love 12. Ferry Cross The Mersey
Bonus Tracks
13. It's Gonna Be Alright ("narrow" stereo version) 14. Come Back To Me * 15. When Oh When * 16. Give All Your Love To Me 17. Hallelujah I Love Her So 18. The Way You Look Tonight * 19. Looking For My Life * 20. The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine * 21. Hello Little Girl 22. Where Have You Been All My Life * 23. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (live)* 24. My Babe (live)* 25. Away From You (live)* 26. What'd I Say (live)*
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