At long last, after 21 yers of piecemeal CD repackagings from EMI (starting with The Singles Plus and running through a few dozen Greatest Hits, Super Hits, Deluxe Editions, Extraordinary Special Collections and the like), EMI is finally releasing a definitive Gerry and the Pacemakers CD set. Set to hit stores in February 2008, You'll Never Walk Alone (The EMI Years 1963-1966) seems to have just about everything from their EMI period, and EMI has evidently scoured the archives for unreleased material, including more live tracks from the concert partially released as the "Gerry in California" EP. Amazon has the set listed for pre-order at $65.99.
Here's the media release I've been forwarded, along with the track list. (I presume that the repeated tracks on Disc 4 are stereo versions):
(1/17/2008) "You'll Never Walk Alone (the EMI Years 1963-1966)" a new import only four-CD set hitting the racks on Feb. 5 in the UK. will feature the most extensive profile ever of the work of Liverpool rockers Gerry and the Pacemakers. Here's the description from Amazon.com:
"Hitting the top spot with their first three singles Gerry & The Pacemakers were a true Mersey Beat phenomena. They rivaled the Beatles in the heady days of that scene and had a huge following at home and abroad when Liverpool was the toast of popular music. Scousers through and through the band, headed by the inimitable Gerry Marsden enjoyed extraordinary success and in their EMI years from 1963 -1966 were as big as any of the home-grown talent. This four CD box set is the definitive collection of the band at its peak. It contains EMI 'Columbia' recordings from January 1963 until November 1966 and the hit singles such as "How Do You Do It?", "I Like It", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "I'm the One" and of course "Ferry Cross The Mersey". It also includes unreleased tracks, early and 'no strings" versions, all their UK singles, EPs and LP masters with some recordings issued only in the USA and Canada. Included are many in both mono and stereo plus the full Oakland Auditorium show, in stereo, which provided the 4 tracks for the "Gerry In California" (mono) EP. The package includes liner notes written by Spenser Leigh, a detailed sessionogrophy and a number of previously unseen photos from the EMI archives." (Thanks to Matt Slys, who assisted the production and provided contact info, song research, LP scans for the project, for the info.)
Disc 1 01 - How Do You Do It? 02 - Away From You 03 - It's Happened To Me 04 - I Like It 05 - Pretend 06 - Jambalaya 07 - Summertime 08 - The Wrong Yoyo 09 - I'll Be There (First Version - previously unreleased) 10 - Slow Down 11 - Here's Hoping 12 - Where Have You Been All My Life? 13 - Maybellene 14 - You'll Never Walk Alone 15 - Don't Ever Stray (previously unreleased) 16 - Hello Little Girl 17 - Don't You Ever 18 - It's All Right 19 - You Can't Fool Me 20 - A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues 21 - You're The Reason 22 - Chills 23 - I'm The One 24 - You've Got What I Like 25 - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying 26 - Show Me That You Care 27 - She's The Only Girl For Me 28 - Why Oh Why 29 - Think About Love 30 - I'll Be There (Second Version Without Strings 31 - Give Me All Your Love (No Strings) 32 - Come Back To Me (No Strings) Disc 2 01 - Ferry Cross The Mersey 02 - It's Gonna Be Alright 03 - I'll Wait For You 04 - Fall In Love 05 - Baby You're So Good To Me 06 - This Thing Called Love 07 - My Love Forever (previously unreleased) 08 - It's Just Because 09 - Rip It Up 10 - Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On 11 - When Oh When 12 - What'd I Say 13 - I'll Be There 14 - My Babe 15 - Skinny Minnie 16 - It'll Be Me 17 - Reelin' And Rockin' 18 - You Win Again 19 - I Count The Tears 20 - You You You 21 - Now I'm Alone 22 - Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Live) 23 - My Babe (Live) 24 - Away From You (Live) 25 - What'd I Say (Live) 26 - Give Me All Your Love (With Strings) 27 - Come Back To Me (With Strings) (previously unreleased) 28 - Dreams Disc 3 01 - Hallelujah I Love Her So 02 - Tomorrow (previously unreleased) 03 - I'll Make It Up All Up To You (previously unreleased) 04 - Walk Hand In Hand 05 - Today I'm In Love (previously unreleased) 06 - La La La 07 - Without You 08 - Girl On A Swing 09 - The Way You Look Tonight 10 - Fool To Myself 11 - Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine 12 - On A Wonderful Day Like Today 13 - Tonight 14 - Strangers In The Night 15 - Who Can I Turn You On 16 - See You In September 17 - Pretty Flamingo 18 - The End Of The Rainbow 19 - Guantanamera 20 - Looking For My Life 21 - Anyone At All 22 - Introduction - Live, Oakland Auditorium (prev. unreleased Stereo Mix, Oakland, 24.10.1964!) 23 - Dizzy Miss Lizzy - Live, Oakland Auditorium 24 - I Like It - Live, Oakland Auditorium 25 - My Babe - Live, Oakland Auditorium 26 - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying - Live, Oa 27 - Slow Down - Live, Oakland Auditorium 28 - I'm The One - Live, Oakland Auditorium 29 - Away From You - Live, Oakland Auditorium 30 - A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues - Live, Oakland Auditor 31 - How Do You Do It - Live, Oakland Auditorium 32 - What'd I Say - Live, Oakland Auditorium Disc 4 01 - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying 02 - Ferry Cross The Mersey 03 - It's Gonna Be Alright 04 - This Thing Called Love 05 - Reelin' And A Rockin' 06 - Whola Lotta Shakin' Going On 07 - Rip It Up 08 - You Win Again 09 - I'll Be There 10 - You You You 11 - Give Me All Your Love (New Mix) 12 - Dreams 13 - Hallelujah I Love Her So 14 - I'll Make It Up All Up To You (previously unreleased) 15 - Walk Hand In Hand 16 - Today I'm In Love (previously unreleased) 17 - La La La 18 - Without You 19 - Girl On A Swing 20 - The Way You Look Tonight 21 - A Fool To Myself 22 - Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine 23 - On A Wonderful Day Like Today 24 - Tonight 25 - Strangers In The Night 26 - Who Can I Turn To 27 - See You In September 28 - Pretty Flamingo 29 - The End Of The Rainbow 30 - Guantanamera 31 - Looking For My Life
And thanks to Matt Slys for bringing this to my attention.
Now if we could just get someone to re-release all of Gerry's solo material from the 60s and 70s...