Cherry Red’s Grapefruit label presents an impressive tribute to The Searchers with When You Walk in the Room: The Complete Pye Recordings 1963- 67. The new 6-CD box set contains expanded mono and stereo editions of the group’s five original Pye albums – Meet the Searchers (1963), Sugar and Spice (1963), It’s the Searchers (1964), Sounds Like Searchers (1965), and Take Me For What I’m Worth (1965) – as well as a full disc of non-LP singles and EP tracks. The albums are presented with original U.K. mono mixes, as well as stereo versions assembled from the U.S. Kapp albums, subsequent Pye/Marble Arch releases, or from recent multi-track remixes. Unfortunately, multi-tracks no longer exist for “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” from 1963’s Meet the Searchers, so those two tracks are only heard in mono. Each album also boasts bonus material including recordings in German and French as well as alternate versions and outtakes not released until decades later.
The sixth disc, Take It or Leave It, compiles 26 non-LP sides including songs from Tony Hatch (“Saturday Night Out”), Bobby Darin (“When I Get Home”), Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (“Take It or Leave It”), and The Hollies (“Have You Ever Loved Somebody”). This disc also features a number of strong compositions from the band members, who had begun writing with the 1965 A-side “He’s Got No Love” and only improved with each newly-written tune.
The discs are presented in a clamshell case, with each album in its own miniature sleeve with original cover artwork and revised back cover art with discographical information. There’s also a 36-page, copiously illustrated booklet in which compilation producer David Wells tells The Searchers’ story.