|The Searchers’ Swedish Radio Sessions were
released in 2001 on the Sanctuary label CMRCD 394 and contain three
different sessions on Service Radio. This cd is a real treasure for
Searchers’ fan, not only because of the excellent sound quality of all three
sessions but also for the chance to compare three different personnels.
Sessions One is dominated by Tony Jackson’s voice, Session Two - Tony was
past and Frank Allen now singer and bass guitarist - is somehow
indifferent: Mike Pender is the leadsinger on all singles since Needles And
Pins but here he has not yet become the focus of attention. Session Three is
with the new drummer, John Blunt, instead of Chris Curtis, who didn’t only
sing lead and back up vocals on Sessions One and Two but also made all the
announcements. This is now (1967) Frank’s part and Mike’s voice is now
dominating all the songs.
So there’s a lot of change between 1964 and 1967 but much progression? Probably not compared to groups like Beatles or The Hollies.
|SESSION ONE: February 18th,
front and back of the CD
|from the cd - booklet: