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Gerry and the Pacemakers
Song Listing

As best as I can determine right now, this is a complete listing of the songs done by the first two lineups of Gerry and the Pacemakers (i. e. 1963-1966 and early 1980s). I'm gradually working away at a song-by-song listing of the 1960s songs, including original release details, recording dates, and current availability of mono and stereo versions (and mix variations) on CD.


Gerry Marsden - Guitar & Vocals
Freddie Marsden - Drums
Les Chadwick - Bass
Les Maguire - Keyboards

A Shot of Rhythm & Blues
At The End of The Rainbow
Away From You (live)
Away From You (studio)
Baby You're So Good To Me
Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine
Come Back To Me
Dizzy Miss Lizzie (live)
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
Don't You Ever
Fall in Love
Ferry 'Cross The Mersey
Fool To Myself
Girl On A Swing
Give All Your Love To Me
Hallelujah I Love Her So
Hello Little Girl
Here's Hoping
How Do You Do It?
I Count The Tears
I Like It
I'll Be There
I'll Wait For You
I'm The One
It'll Be Me
It's Happened To Me
It's All Right
It's Gonna Be Alright
It's Just Because
La La La
Looking For My Life
My Babe (live)
My Babe (studio)
Now I'm Alone
On a Wonderful Day Like Today
Pretty Flamingo
Reelin' & Rockin'
Rip It Up
See You in September
She's The Only Girl For Me
Show Me That You Care
Skinny Minnie
Slow Down
Strangers In The Night
The Wrong Yo-Yo
The Way You Look Tonight
Think About Love
This Thing Called Love
Walk Hand In Hand
What'd I Say (live)
What'd I Say (studio)
When Oh When
Where Have You Been
Who Can I Turn To
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Why Oh Why
Without You
You Can't Fool Me
You You You
You Win Again
You'll Never Walk Alone
You're The Reason
You've Got What I Like

Assembling Gerry's complete 1960s works: Frustration in a tangible form

Now, for most people, a single greatest hits collection will likely do. At Abbey Road CD from EMI or The Definitive Collection from Collectable Records will likely be all that some listeners will ever need. If that approach strikes a certain resonance with you, then you're likely to find the next few paragraphs frighteningly obsessive. Nevertheless, I've decided to try to show Gerry's hardcore superfans how they might go about getting one copy of everything that has been released from his 1960s sessions.

The Pacemakers' original releases have suffered from a lack of any real foresight on EMI's part regarding a definitive collection. While the complete Beatles catalogue was made available on CD in 1988 with the release of the 2-CD Past Masters set, Gerry's fans are still forced to sort CD and LP track listings out in their heads if they want a complete run of all of Gerry's original songs. Here I'll try to give you some idea of how to get Gerry's full 1960s works, if you are so inclined.

Vinyl: American LPs are your best sane bet to (near) completion

Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Second Album
I'll Be There
Ferry Cross The Mersey
Girl on a Swing

The US LPs of the Pacemakers are the most complete, containing 55 different songs (c.f. Canada: 46 different songs, 48 if you include the Hits album; UK: 23 different songs). There are 63 studio recordings of Gerry and the Pacemakers originally released between 1963 and 1966, plus four previously unreleased songs issued since 1984 and the four "Live in California" tracks. You will thus be left without the following songs on vinyl if you collect the whole of the US catalogue:

The following track was released as the B-side of You're The Reason (Laurie LR 3313), but not collected on any LP:

  • Give All Your Love To Me The following two tracks were released on as a single on Laurie 3323, but for whatever reason never collected onto an LP:
  • Dreams
  • Walk Hand In Hand

    The following UK B-sides were never collected on American LPs or singles, but may be found on CD on The Singles Plus and other such collections, or else you can try to track down the original UK singles:

  • Fool To Myself (B-side of "Girl on a Swing")
  • It's Just Because (B-side of "It's Gonna Be Alright", also on It's Gonna Be Alright EP)
  • You've Got What I Like (B-side of "I'm The One", also on I'm The One EP)

    The Following two songs uniquely appeared on the Canadian Capitol Today album, and have never been released anywhere else on vinyl:

  • On A Wonderful Day Like Today
  • Tonight

    The following four tracks were not released until the 1980s and 90s, thus it's hardly fair to fault Laurie for not releasing them:

  • Come Back To Me
  • Hallelujah I Love Her So
  • Hello Little Girl
  • When Oh When

    (All but "Hello Little Girl" were originally released on the 1984 Music For Pleasure collection The Very Best of Gerry and the Pacemakers, which is itself available on LP. "Hello Little Girl" was first dusted off in 1991 for The Definitive Collection, and has to my knowledge only been released on CD. All four songs are collected on the Repertoire CD reissue of Ferry....)

    For the four live tracks, one has little choice but to track down the Gerry in California EP, and I wish you luck in doing so!


    EMI Europe

    With the release of the 4 CD You'll Never Walk Alone set, the complete works of Gerry and the Pacemakers can now be had conveniently in one place. True, those seeking completeness will note that, while all of the mono works are included, there stereo tracks from How Do You Like It are entirely missing, as are many from Ferry Cross The Mersey.

    For a while around 2000, EMI seemed willing to license the Pacemakers recordings to just about anyone who comes knocking with a proposal for a "Greatest Hits" album on a special markets label. As a result, one very easily grew frustrated trying to figure out exactly what logic (if any) went into the myriad releases on the market.

    The original idea seems to have been to follow up The Singles Plus with reissues of the two British albums with bonus tracks to fill the gaps of EP and unreleased-in-Britain material. For whatever reasons, EMI decided not to reissue the albums at first, and licensed them to Repertoire Records of Germany (effectively Europe's answer to Rhino Records). Combining these two CDs with The Singles Plus, one has a very comprehensive collection of Gerry and the Pacemakers recordings, lacking only the following eight tracks:

  • At The End of The Rainbow
  • Guantanamera
  • On A Wonderful Day Like Today
  • Pretty Flamingo
  • See You in September
  • Strangers in the Night
  • Tonight
  • Who Can I Turn To

    None of these tracks has, to my knowledge, turned up on any authorised release. It wouldn't surprise me greatly if the source tapes have been misplaced as all of these songs are from the 1966 sessions for the Girl on a Swing/Today North American LPs.

    Unfortunately, the logic of this reissue programme has been forgotten. The Singles Plus, with its mid-1980s digital mastering, has long been deleted, and since 1997 EMI has flooded the market with three issues of its own of the UK albums: the mono/stereo issue, the 2on1 issue and the Japanese issue with a different scheme of bonus tracks. The songs unique to North America from 1965 and 1966 have, more or less, fallen off the map on EMI reissues, and the four live tracks have not, to my knowledge, appeared on anything from EMI. There are probably a dozen CD Greatest Hits collections licensed worldwide by EMI (plus a similar number licensed by whoever holds the rights to Gerry's 1980s recordings), with these reissues generally drawing on a pool of about 35 or 40 songs to make similar-but-not-quite-identical track listings.


    Gerry Marsden - Guitar & Vocals
    Neil _____ - Bass
    David Burgess - Drums
    Alan Greenwood - Keyboards

    All in the Game
    Give Me Your Word
    House of the Rising Sun
    If I'll Be Home
    It's All In The Game
    It's Still Rock 'n Roll To Me
    Just The Way You Are
    Magic Moments
    Oh My Love
    Roll Over Beethoven
    Running Man
    The Minute You're Gone
    The Story of My Life
    Unchained Melody (2x)
    Where Do You Go My Lovely
    Whiter Shade of Pale
    World Without Love

    In addition, this lineup of the band did remakes of the following original Pacemaker songs:

    Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
    Ferry 'Cross The Mersey (2x)
    How Do You Do It (2x)
    I Like It
    I'll Be There
    I'm The One (2x)
    You'll Never Walk Alone
    This page maintained by Ian Speers
    Last updated: 23 August 2009.
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