2 Sides Of The 4 Pennies / Mixed Bag

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Review Text Both of the Four Pennies' albums -- 1964's 2 Sides of the Four Pennies and 1966's Mixed Bag -- are combined onto one CD on this 26-track reissue. Note, however, that this by no means contains all of the Four Pennies' output. In fact, it's missing their most well-known recordings, and indeed has just one of the 18 tracks (the A-side of their debut 45 "Do You Want Me To") that appeared on their nine 1963-1966 singles -- and does not have their 1964 U.K. chart-topper "Juliet." For that reason alone, a Four Pennies best-of is preferable to this compilation. On purely musical grounds, however, these albums are disappointing, even if you have a taste for the wimpy side of early British Invasion/Merseybeat sounds. On both records, the group seem consciously trying to present themselves as a versatile act able to handle various styles of pop, rather than simply, as the best British Invasion bands did, play various styles of all-out rock. 2 Sides of the Four Pennies is the better of the pair, though not by much, alternating between very light variations of the kind of early Merseybeat favored by the Searchers and paler reflections of the kind of ballads for which Roy Orbison was known. Mixed Bag has some of this as well, but is more pop-oriented, with some orchestrated ballads, mild rock treatments of folk standards, and even a Latin-flavored number. But the songs -- some, though well under half, by the group -- just aren't too memorable, and the overall approach so effusive they make Gerry & the Pacemakers sound rather heavy in contrast. ~ Richie Unterberger

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) - 2:25
  2. 2. Sweeter Than You - 3:34
  3. 3. Claudette - 2:09
  4. 4. If You Love Me (I Won't Care) - 2:21
  5. 5. Do You Want Me To - 2:40
  6. 6. Love's Journey - 2:26
  7. 7. You Went Away - 2:14
  8. 8. Will You Love Me Tomorrow - 4:42
  9. 9. Now We Are Through - 3:38
  10. 10. Pony Time - 3:30
  11. 11. Come to Me - 2:11
  12. 12. Why Do You Cry - 3:34
  13. 13. Cryin' Inside - 3:32
  14. 14. Look Down - 2:22
  15. 15. I'm on My Own - 2:16
  16. 16. She Didn't Say Yes - 2:22
  17. 17. It Is No Secret - 4:48
  18. 18. Iko-Iko - 3:33
  19. 19. Without Love - 4:37
  20. 20. Try to Find Another Man - 3:32
  21. 21. Maracabamba (It's All Over Town) - 4:42
  22. 22. Stewball - 3:09
  23. 23. All My Sorrows - 3:43
  24. 24. Someday Soon - 3:02
  25. 25. Wild Goose - 3:08
  26. 26. Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens) - 3:44

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3/13/02 

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