In the late eighties, three of the original Seekers studio albums from the sixties were released on CD, two of which (including this one) had both mono and stereo versions in full, one following the other. The mono album comes first, followed by the stereo album. Thus, if you just want to hear the stereo album, you have to start the CD halfway through. The main part of my review focuses on the actual music, as if it only appeared once.
This is my favorite original Seekers album, containing a few original songs and a lot of well-chosen covers. The outstanding song here is, of course, Georgy girl. It is the song that Americans best remember the Seekers for and was also a huge hit in Britain. Three other original songs (the title track, I wish you could be here, Red rubber ball) are also impressive and well worth hearing. The remainder of the album is filled with covers, a practice common in those days.
While most of the covers are of contemporary (sixties) pop songs, there is also a song of Cajun origin (Louisiana man, originally by Doug Kershaw) and All over the world, an English translation of a French song. Originally a French hit for Francoise Hardy, she recorded her own English version of All over the world, which gave her a British top twenty hit.
Other covers are more predictable including Island of dreams (Springfields), Last thing on my mind (Tom Paxton), California dreaming (Mamas and papas), Yesterday (Beatles), Turn turn turn (Pete Seeger, but best known via the Byrds` cover) and Well well well.
Although this particular CD is long out of print, the original album can still be found on CD via an Australian boxed set, which isn't as expensive as you might expect. It may also be available elsewhere on CD, but I haven't checked.