The Searchers – 40th Anniversary Collection

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Although this two-CD set is subtitled “The Searchers 1963-2003”, the 56 tracks it contains only date up till 1988. This in itself won’t surprise most people, since the group’s post-’60s career has hardly been a headlines affair; indeed, it’s something of a shock to discover that they’re still going. Including three early demos and a dozen tracks from their post-’60s output, it’s aimed at long-term devotees rather than casual buyers, who should instead search the browsers for the same label’s The Definitive Collection.


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