Album of the Day
After The Beatles, The Searchers may have been the most respected band to emerge from Liverpool in the 1960s, and the jangly exuberance that made “Needles and Pins” a classic remains intact on LOVE'S MELODIES. Issued in England as PLAY FOR TODAY, the album was released by Sire in America with a slightly different track lineup and a revised – if somewhat misleading - title. “It was a hard driving rock album and not a collection of soppy love songs,” noted bassist Frank Allen, and the presence of co-producer Ed Stasium (of Ramones fame) lends credence to the claim. The harmony and instrumental work sparkle throughout and just as importantly the material is a first-rate mix of originals (“Little Bit Of Heaven,” “Another Night”), co-writes by The Records' Will Birch and well-chosen covers of favorites from Big Star and John Fogerty. Whether you're a fan of the British Invasion or 1980s power pop, LOVE'S MELODIES is an absolute must.