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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive British hits collection, 28 Oct. 2004
This review is from: The Ultimate Peter And Gordon (Audio CD)
Peter and Gordon's major British hits were A world without love (number one), Nobody I know, To know you is to love you and True love ways. Their minor British hits are here too, these being Baby I'm yours (a cover of Barbara Lewis' American hit), Woman and Lady Godiva. One of their minor American hits, There's no living without your loving, was a British hit for Manfred Mann.
There are plenty of covers here too - these include Lucille (Little Richard), Leave my woman alone (Ray Charles), Crying in the rain (Everly brothers), Somewhere (from West side story), Homeward bound (Simon and Garfunkel), Michelle (Beatles), 500 miles, Tell me how, Green leaves of summer, When I fall in love and Freight train. They are from a variety of sources, yet they are all made to fit Peter and Gordon's easy going style, which contrasts nicely with a lot of the other (more generally upbeat) pop music of the time.
This is a wonderful, relaxing collection, which contrasts nicely with a lot of the other pop music of the time, which was generally more upbeat
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2010 23:42:40 GMT
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.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2010 09:42:46 GMT
Thanks for your kind words. I guess you are aware that in America, there is another Peter and Gordon compilation, also titled Ultimate but with different artwork and a different track listing, includung the two American hits you mentioned.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2010 00:21:25 GMT
Thanks, Pete! I didn't know that! In looking at the selections on both "Ultimate" collections, I'd say the British version is slightly better overall...but both are great! Regards...Jack P.

Posted on 12 Apr 2011 18:47:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2011 19:00:01 BDT
Joey says:
Good review of a very underrated Duo...!

Their 'studious' rather 'serious' image (as The Zombies also had too !) made them perhaps 'safe' and not so 'cool' to be admired unlike the likes of Stones, Who, Pretty Things, Them, etc ....some acts were just never to be admitted to liking (thanks Pop Press Critics....!) - P & G were for many years one of those successful sixties acts almost 'airbrushed out' of the scene by Pop & Rock Historians....and IF admitted were just as: recepients of Paul McCartney songs...plus Peter Asher as 'Jane's Brother', 'Apple Employee' & later respected US Producer of James Taylor, etc....

P & G deserve better....their vocal harmonies are very tight, their records have a very accomplished Production, and the self composed songs - often their 'B' sides - were quite fascinating tracks with unusual instruments like Hawaiian guitar or exotic woodwinds etc on songs that had imaginative arrangements - often by Geoff Love - plus unexpected key & tempo changes ('If I Were You', 'Wrong From The Start', etc), in retrospect they were a far better duo than many so called critics credit them for...while they could put their own distinctive angle on songs like Buddy Holly's 'True Love Ways', or 'Too Know You is to Love You'....and then achieved bigger hits and record sales than many more 'acceptable image' bands were then enjoying in the UK charts...plus they had some notable decent USA only hits too - while some of our 'Trendier' or 'cooler image' acts the critics now love to extol....were then in fact doing very little or nothing Stateside !
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