THE SEARCHERS The Sire Sessions – Rockfield Recordings 1979-1980 (1997)

The Sire Sessions – Rockfield Recordings 1979-1980 (1997)
Riding A Shimmering New Wave

Excellent pop/new wave collection comprised of The Searchers’ two albums for Sire Records, The Searchers and Love’s Melodies. The end result of this union of band and locale is a great match. The Dave Edmunds influence is tangible, but exactly where all the veteran band’s youthful exuberance comes from is anybody’s guess. And while most agree this material ranks among The Searchers’ best, many were taken aback by the overt commerciality of the production, some bordering on the poppiest of commercial groups like Chicago or Fleetwood Mac. The chorus of “Lost In Your Eyes” recalls early 70s Joe Walsh, while songs like “Switchboard Susan,” and “Almost Saturday Night” will never lose their Edmunds & Lowe DNA flavor. Songs from Chilton, Hiatt, Dylan, Petty, Fogerty & more. Great sound. Amazon.

Hearts In Her Eyes
Switchboard Susan
Feeling Fine
This Kind Of Love Affair
Lost In Your Eyes
It’s Too Late
No Dancing
Coming From The Heart
Don’t Hang On
Love’s Gonna Be Strong
Back To The War
Love’s Melody
She Made A Fool Of You
Almost Saturday Night
You Are The New Day
Everything But A Heartache
Radio Romance
Murder In My Heart
September Gurls
Another Night



  • Capt. Willard
    November 19, 2010 - 00:40 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Pete
    November 19, 2010 - 15:04 | Permalink

    Wow! There's a find — thanks. More after I've listened. (What, mess up my preconceptions with facts?) Cheers!

  • Pete
    November 20, 2010 - 02:01 | Permalink

    Sadly, I'm disappointed. Nice guitar sound from the two original members. I dunno, they were always pop but they used to have a bit more edge, at least when Tony Jackson was singing. I know, Frank Allen goes back to the latter part of the time they had hits, but maybe Chris Curtis had something to do with it, and he left in 1966, about when it all fell apart commercially. But thanks for the chance to check it out!

  • Capt. Willard
    November 20, 2010 - 03:34 | Permalink

    You're more knowledgeable than I am about 'em.

  • Let's Find H-Man A Wife
    November 20, 2010 - 04:33 | Permalink

    Saw them in DC around this era. There are some great songs here so thank you.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 20, 2010 - 04:45 | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Gena C.
    November 20, 2010 - 18:05 | Permalink

    I'm already impressed with their cover of the Records' "Hearts In Her Eyes," and their Big Star cover is sweet — I must check this out…

  • Pete
    November 21, 2010 - 19:30 | Permalink

    Some decent material, it's true, but the original (well, first recorded) line-up was a real favorite of mine, so I'm probably biased. Beware re-recorded ripoffs, and the big box set is surely too much (even for me, and I've got it) but if you can find a cheap, early hits package, go for it: Needles and Pinz-ah; Sweets; Sugar; Goodbye-eye-eye-eye-eye My Love …

  • October 30, 2012 - 21:39 | Permalink

    Nonsense that Hearts in her Eyes album is super; thanks for this

  • zappahead
    August 16, 2013 - 10:12 | Permalink

    Thanks for this….I passed it by earlier but came back because I started thinking….Searchers + Dave Edmunds…..could be a match made in heaven and hearing the soundbite you have up is certainly that case so…..going to give it a full listen…so thanks for the share….much appreciated…cheers.

  • January 31, 2014 - 19:50 | Permalink

    I doubt that many people will read this comment and I apologize in advance because it’s probably worse than useless for anyone who does, but I can’t thank you enough for this. When I was in college and working 14 hour shifts at a video store I went through a phase where I listening to basically nothing but battered Searchers records from the ’60s (This would have been like 2004-2005; I don’t actually like movies and owned a portable turntable but didn’t have access to a CD player). I’d only found out about them through the inclusion of “Hearts In Her Eyes” on one of those DIY UK Pop compilations but wound up only being able to find their earlier stuff. I think they’re extremely interesting because regardless of personnel changes, they had been a first wave British Invasion group who made their name doing great covers, and then, once this heavily British Invasion-styled power-pop stuff got off the ground, they reemerged doing covers of songs by those groups. I don’t know, there’s a unique and satisfying recursion there. I eventually found a copy of their 1979 s/t but Love’s Melodies keeps eluding me, and the title track from that is one of their best later-era songs. Can’t wait to hear it again. They also do a mean “Almost Saturday Night.”

    Absolutely look for their ’60s work though; maybe it’s Stockholm syndrome from hearing it like 1400 times but “Take Me For What I’m Worth” is an incredible tune and (apologies to Jackie and the Ramones) their version of Needles and Pins is definitive. (Also the Byrds’ “Feel A Whole Lot Better” is just a paced-up retake of the Searchers’ version of the song. But obviously if I’m into the Searchers I don’t think superior remakes are an indictment of the talent of the covering band.) I mean basically if you like early Beatles records you’ll like early Searchers records.

    • Willard
      January 31, 2014 - 20:04 | Permalink

      I read it, thanks for commenting. And others will stumble on it as they stumble onto this post. So thanks for contributing to it.

  • Anonymous
    February 17, 2015 - 12:12 | Permalink

    Any possibility that you could re-post this?

    • Willard
      February 17, 2015 - 12:29 | Permalink

      Link is working fine.

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