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The Very Best Of

1 Mar 2003

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 Oct 1997
  • Release Date: 13 Oct 1997
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 1997 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:03:10
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  • ASIN: B001J9H47S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,626 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 12 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
This isn't truly the best of the Seekers but it contains all the essentials. The first half of the collection contains all their hit singles and a couple of other tracks, while the second half is a re-issue of their debut album - an interesting collection of folk songs. Because the hits are all at the beginning, you can always play those on their own, which I sometimes do if I'm in a particular mood.
They had five huge hits in the UK – I'll never find another you, A world of our own, The carnival is over, Morningtown ride and Georgy girl. Three of them went all the way to number one and the other two came close. In America, Georgy girl was their biggest hit though A world of our own also made thr top five. They gained further recognition via Sonny James, who covered I'll never find another you and A world of our own, taking them to the top of the country charts.
Someday one day, Walk with me, When will the good apples fall and Emerald city were less successful but still excellent. Island of dreams is a cover of a song that was a top five UK hit for the Springfields – a group that included Tom Springfield, who became producer for the Seekers after his sister, Dusty, went solo.
The final twelve songs contain a mix of mostly traditional folk songs from Ireland, Australia and America, though there are one or two contemporary songs here, most famously Blowing in the wind.
This is an excellent introduction to the music of the Seekers.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 18 Dec 2003
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I have no problem with the idea that the Seekers were the most popular Australian group of the Sixties mainly because off the top of my head I cannot think of another Australian group from that time period. But from late 1965 to about 1967 the Seekers were the hottest part of the folk-rock segment of the British Invasion on the strength of their hits "A World of Our Own Pop Singles" (#19), "I'll Never Find Another You" (#4), and "Georgy Girl" (#2). I have to admit, I always thought of them in the same breath as the New Christy Minstrels and the Rooftop Singers than Peter & Gordon or Chad & Jeremy.
The Seekers consisted of high school classmates Athol Guy on (upright) bass, Keith Potger on 12-string guitar, and Bruce Woodley on guitar, who were joined by singer Judith Durham, who was actually a jazz-singer with perfect pitch dabbling in singing folk songs. The other important figure in their story was Tom Springfield, the brother of singer Dusty Springfield, who wrote most of their top hits once the group got to England. There they also met a young Paul Simon, who wrote "Someday One Day" for the Seekers.
What makes "The Very Best of the Seekers" worthy of the hyperbolic title is that in addition to all of the group's recognizable hits it includes their versions of several folk standards, from the traditional "Whiskey in the Jar" to Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind." The more folk albums you listen to from the Sixties the more you will discover that you can find covers of the same songs over and over again, which in this case means the Seekers doing "Kumbaya," "Lemon Tree," "Five Hundred Miles," "The Gypsy Rover," and "The Water is Wide." Then for good measure there are some Australian songs, both familiar ("Waltzing Matilda") and not ("South Australia"). The best thing I can say about this album is that even without all of the essentially hits of the Seekers it would still be worth having.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By arif_mumtaz@hotmail.com on 6 Sep 2000
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It was enthralling to listen to this superb collection of traditional and folk songs. The harmony of the Seekers has always been a source of tremendous listening pleasure. Many of their renderings would ever be remembered for the melodies as well as their simplicity of style. I whole-heartedly recommend this collection to the enthusiasts of 60s/70s
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Parsons on 14 Oct 2006
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Wonderful CD - all the greats, beautifully produced and seemingly original (1960s) recordings. Well worth your dosh !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
I think it fair to say this 'Australian' Folk group filled a gap that the 'Springfield's' left
behind when they split, of course there was also the 'American' Folk group 'Peter
Paul and Mary successfully charting alongside 'The Seekers'
The group was formed originally in 1962, all four talented vocalists and musicians,
the line up, 'Judith Durham' 'Athol Guy' 'Keith Porter' and 'Bruce Woodley.
They first hit the U.K Charts in '1965' with 'I'll Never Find Another You' (Chart '1')
followed up the same year with 'The Carnival is Over' (Chart '1') this was penned by
'Tom Springfield' (probably my favourite track of theirs)
In 1966 they had a run of three U.K Chart entries with 'A World of Our Own' (Chart '3')
'Walk With Me' (Chart '10') and 'Morning Town Ride' (Chart '2') in 1967 they recorded
a number for a film of the same name 'Georgy Girl' which they followed up with a
number '11' entry 'When Will The Good Apples Fall' after which they only had one
further lower order entry.
This was a group of genuine quality who did have World-Wide success, in 1968 they
won the award of joint 'Australians' of the year, the same year 'Judith Durham' left
the group to pursue her own career.
The group were missed, their music was a breath of fresh-air back then.
(All the Groups Nine U.K Hits are found on this album)
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