Hi Pete. Thanks for another great review! I've always loved Peter and Gordon's sound, and you are so correct...it has a special place and unique flavor of the times. Amidst the Beatles, Stones, Pacemakers, etc., P. and G. present perhaps the most folk-oriented pop sound from the Mersey. Love it!
I am a little surprised that "I Don't Want To See You Again" and "Sunday For Tea" are not on the collection. It's probably because they were not British hits. As I am sure you are aware, Pete, they were two big U.S. hits. And I guess the surprise to me is that they both were NOT British hits. Both seem to have just the right sound...In fact "Sunday For Tea" seems like such a British "event" and lyric. I can't help but think that tea is much more popular and traditional in England than here in the States.
And I personally love "I Don't Want To See You Again". I like it even better than "Nobody I Know". I am glad that "There's No Living (Without Your Loving)" is on this hits package. I have the old "45" on Capitol Records with the picture sleeve. It's a really great song, and too bad it wasn't a bigger hit! (It should have been!).
I once heard a quote from one of the duo (I think Peter Asher) and he intimated that he was surprised the American audience kept accepting and supporting such similar records from P. and G., one after the other. However, like the DC 5, Peter and Gordon's music was always first-rate! That's why we love them to this day! I'll gladly leave wild innovations for someone else...Those Peter and Gordon records make for wonderful listening. And I am glad they stuck with their personal sound, throughout their brilliant catalogue.
One last tidbit---"500 Miles" is a great cover-tune for P. and G.. They even featured it on the Ed Sullivan Show circa 1965. Best regards from Illinois....Jack Pripusich.