BEST OF - The Liverpool Five (Sundazed)
British Invasion enthusiasts like Ugly Things magazine’s Mike Stax (who penned the liners) have long described UK-to-US transplants the Liverpool Five as a band worthy of more recognition, and indeed they excelled in many aspects.
Their beat sound was tight, their vocal arrangements were perfectly executed, and their rearrangements were inventive. In the latter regard, the versions of “Let the Sunshine In,” Petula Clark’s “Heart” (pre-Remains), the Mojos’ “Everything’s Al’Right,” the Peeps’ “She’s (Got Plenty of Love)” and the blues standard “Hoochie Coochie Man” (dig the use of bass drum for fills) rival covers by almost any of their contemporaries - displaying a smoothness and flair that only experience (they gigged frequently) could foster.
However, one thing they couldn’t do as well, and probably the reason they’re not remembered as a first-tier band - is write original material. The three originals included here - the fuzz stomping “She’s Mine,” the exotica-inspired “Do You Believe” and the white R&B shuffle “Piccadilly Line” - are quite good, but like the band’s covers, there’s nothing distinctive about them.
But there’s no shame in being indistinct yet very good. - Doug Sheppard
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