Thursday, November 12, 2020

Gerry and The Pacemakers - Discography - 320kbps Bitrate - +Ferry Cross The Mersey Movie

Gerry and The Pacemakers

As unfathomable as it seems from the distance of over 40 years, for a few months, Gerry & the Pacemakers were the Beatles' nearest competitors in Britain. Managed (like the Beatles) by Brian Epstein, Gerry Marsden and his band burst out of the gate with three consecutive number one U.K. hits in 1963, "How Do You Do It," "I Like It," and "You'll Never Walk Alone." If the Beatles defined Merseybeat at its best in early 1963, Gerry & the Pacemakers defined the form at its most innocuous, performing bouncy, catchy, and utterly lightweight tunes driven by rhythm guitar and Marsden's chipper vocals. Compared to the Beatles and other British Invasion heavies, they sound quaint indeed. That's not to say the group was trivial; its hits were certainly likable and energetic and are fondly remembered today, even if the musicians lacked the acumen (or earthy image) to develop their style from its relentlessly upbeat and poppy base.

Anthology 1Marsden formed the group in the late '50s featuring himself on guitar and lead vocals, his brother Fred on drums, Les Chadwick on bass, and Arthur Mack on piano (to be replaced in 1961 by Les Maguire). They worked the same Liverpool/Hamburg circuit as the Beatles, and ran neck and neck with their rivals in local popularity. They were signed by Epstein in mid-1962 (the first band to do so besides the Beatles), and began recording for the EMI/Columbia label in early 1963, under the direction of producer George Martin. Their first single was a Mitch Murray tune that Martin had wanted the Beatles to record for their debut, "How Do You Do It?" The Beatles did record a version (found on the Anthology 1 release), but objected to its release, finding it too sappy, and in any case were more interested in recording their own, gutsier original compositions. It suited Marsden's grinning, peppy style well, though, and went to number one before it was displaced from the top spot by the Beatles' third 45, "From Me to You."

1964 - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

Ferry Cross the Mersey is a 1965 musical film featuring Gerry and the Pacemakers. It is frequently considered to be their version of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night.

The film shows the story of art students Gerry and Fred Marsden, Les Maguire, and Les "Chad" Chadwick as they humorously try to navigate the Liverpool beat scene. After Gerry's girlfriend Dodie (Julie Samuel) helps the group enter a music competition, their instruments are misplaced but are ultimately found in time for them to take the stage and win the contest.

1984 - The Very Best Of Gerry & Pacemakers

1985 - It's Still Rock and Roll To Me

1986 - Gerry & The Pacemakers

1987 - The EP Collection

1988 - You'll Never Walk Alone

1992 - You'll Never Walk Alone (The EMI Years 1963-1966)

1995 - Non Stop Party Hits

1997 - At Abbey Road

2004 - A's, B's & EP's

2004 - Greatest Hits

2005 - How Do You Do It

2006 - Golden Legends

2007 - How Do You Do It 'The Live Album'

2007 - Ultimate Hits

2008 - Three Of A Kind

2010 - Their Very Best

2011 - Live in Australia (Live)

2013 - Greatest Love Songs

2014 - Rock N' Roll Masters

2018 - Live at the BBC

2019 - Rock Me Gently


Carlos Henrique Xavier Endo said...

Link unavailable, brother!

Ozzieguy said...

Hi Carlos
I will fix it today and thank you for telling me about the links.
Thanks my friend

Jaume said...

"Ferry cross the Mersey" is a great soundtrack from the film of the same name. But where is the film? It isn't on youtube or other similar places. I have searched this movie for many years, first in VHS, after in DVD. Why that movie is not for sale? If you know the reason, please tell me. Thanks!!! Great blog with a lot of fantastic music.

Carlos Henrique Xavier Endo said...

And I thank you for the blog and for paying attention to my message.

Ozzieguy said...

You are very welcome Carlos.

Ozzieguy said...

Hello Jaume
I have that movie and when I find it I shall share it here for everyone.

Jaume said...

Uauuu!!! Many Thanks for the "Ferry cross the Mersey" movie!!!
I am a collector of music from the sixties too. If you need some albums or you are searching some information about Spanish bands from the sixties, I would like help you. Just tell me.

Ozzieguy said...

Thank you Jaume, glad that you can watch the movie.
And thank you for your offer.

LasseLloyd said...

Thanks for these great albums by a group from the old days!

Dr. Dream said...

thank you for bringing back some great memories

alanmking said...

Thank you for all things Gerry and the movie is a bonus. I too have been looking for this for years and was told that whoever owns the copyright won't agree to share it. Brings back lovely memories, thanks for all your music

Ozzieguy said...

Hi Alan
Glad that you can enjoy more of this great artist.
Enjoy my friend and please stay safe there where you are.

Ozzieguy said...

You are very welcome Dr.

Ozzieguy said...

Very welcome LasseLloyd