|Play For Today / Love's Melodies is the
Searchers second album for Sire.
“Luckily for us the unfulfilled promise of The Searchers did not deter the
people at Sire and plans were made for a follow up. The general feeling in
the company was that, despite Pat Moran's excellent and dedicated work on
the album, there was a need for an extra depth and edge to any new product,
and the American producer Ed Stasium was brought in to add the missing
|A3||She Made A Fool Of You||Moon Martin|
|A4||Almost Saturday Night||John C. Fogerty|
|A5||Little Bit Of Heaven||McNally, Pender, Allen|
|A6||You Are The New Day||John David|
|B1||Love's Melody||Andy McMasters|
|B2||Everything But A Heartbeat||Will Birch, Ritchie Bull|
|B3||Radio Romance||Will Birch, Paul Shuttleworth, Vic Collins|
|B4||Murder In My Heart||Ronnie Thomas|
|B5||September Gurls||Alex Chilton|
|B6||Another Night||McNally, Pender, Allen|
Mike Pender sings lead on all tracks.
Releases in other countries, all using the cover shown above
|France||Sire||Nova||SKR 3523 NP|
|Australia||Sire||Records||3523||LP & Cassette|
|above: Norwegian record, below promo & regular release from Portugal|
below: are Australian cassette release
below: from Organge Coast Magazine
One month later (April 1981) Sire released the LP in the UK. Here titled "Play For Today", it had the same catalogue number as the US LP, a different song order and Sick And Tired instead of Love's Melody. Sick And Tired is really rocking, even more than the 1963 Starclub version - then sung by Chris Curtis. Now Mike sings lead - not only on this song but on all.
Another Night b/w Back To The War came out in th UK and France. UK: SIR 4049, France: C 008 - 64 298. Another Night was the 3rd self-penned A-Side, after He's Got No Love and Second Hand Dealer. In both countries the single was released with a picture cover. B-Side was taken from the 2nd edition of their first Sire LP.
Until a few years ago there was no doubt for me that the whole Sire tracks were recorded by the Searchers themselves which means Mike, John, Frank and Billy. But according to Frank Allen Sire insisted to replace Billy by the young drummer Martin Hughes.
Frank: "After a promotional meeting in London. John and Mike grabbed a cab to Euston for their train home and were surprised to find Ken Kushnik and Paul McNally insisting on sharing the journey. During the short trip they voiced their concerns over the drumming and stated that they very much wanted us to replace Billy Adamson. They did not like his style of playing or his look. They felt the drums had let the album down and whatever the case they would not countenance him playing on the next one. (…) Taking over the drum stool from the ousted Billy Adamson was a young Irish lad called Martin Hughes who had been recommended by Paul McNally. About half our age, his youthful enthusiasm and rock solid bass drum provided the perfect bedrock for the new tracks. He was quiet and unobtrusive and though he seemed a little overawed at being asked to sit in on these sessions with a group who had been part of an era that had become the new reference point for all guitar based bands since, Martin fitted in beautifully and acquitted himself without fuss or fault throughout.
Telling Billy Adamson
was not pleasant but there was little he could do about it. It was a done
deal. He was still in place as our drummer for live engagements but would
henceforth be substituted for our recording sessions. In truth I don't think
he ever really believed that it was Sire's decision."
taken from his Home Page: http://www.mythankyoupage.com/music-art-entertainment/music-in-monchique-the-algarve-portugal/
If you check this out, you will find that one of the two LPs is "Searchers" (2nd issue). To be exact he plays on drums on "Love's Melody" and may be on "Back To The War"
For me Billy played excellent on the first Sire LP.
|left: Martin Hughes|