on 11 April 2001
Distant Shores evokes the golden era of harmony in 60s pop. Strangely ignored in the UK, Chad and Jeremy were better known in the US, where they appeared in an episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show in 1966-1967 entitled "The Redcoats are Coming!" Their songs transported the listener to distant shores. There was magic in their harmony that was appreciated in many countries, from Argentina to Sweden. When your Love has Gone is a wistful, sad ballad of love won and lost. Homeward Bound is a worthy rendering of a Simon and Garfunkel hit, while The Way You Look Tonight brings a 30s classic from Top Hat the movie bang up to date (at least for the 60s). Chad and Jeremy always put passion into their songs, to the extent that the Mamas and Papas must surely have tuned into their music at some stage -- the harmonies of both groups were top-notch and not dissimilar. Ballads were Chad and Jeremy's forte, however, and Morning, You are She and I won't Cry are perfect examples of their expertise in this area. Don't Make Me Do It is the weakest link, with Chad and Jeremy trying to establish their rock and roll credentials but failing miserably: even in 1967 it sounded dated. The Beatles had moved on to Strawberry Fields Forever. The bonus of previously unreleased tracks is an extra treat for the C and J enthusiast, as are the French versions of Distant Shores and You are She, evidence of their popularity across the Channel (at a time Francoise Hardy was churning out unforgettable ballads of her own -- in English!) Believe it or not, there are C and J enthusiasts in England who, trying to convince their friends of the excellence of a duo virtually unknown in Britain, will put on an old Distant Shores 33 1/3 LP to convince them of their huge talent. "Made in Argentina", and hardly a scratch on it -- like the Beatles, Chad and Jeremy live forever.