By late 1964 The Searchers had lost Tony Jackson and were consolidating their position as Britain's leading folk-influenced rock group. 'What Have They Done To The Rain' had been another hit, as had 'When You Walk In The Room'. Yet live in Sweden in December 1964, they were still closing their set with 'What I'd Say' and showcasing John McNally on 'Let The Four Winds Blow'. It sounds as though The Searchers couldn't quite decide on their forte: blasting rock 'n' roll 01 introspective folk rock. Chuck Berry's 'Memphis Tennessee' is followed by 'Needles And Pins'. The December 1964 "Needles And Pins' is smoother and more delicately played than the March version. Frank Alien's melodic bass playing doesn't have the attack of Jackson's simpler rhythm-based style. style.                                      

The undoubted highlight of  the December 1964 set is 'What Have They Done To The Rain'. It's an understated performance, wherein Chris Curtis' bongos underpin some beautiful ensemble vocals. The version of ‘When You Walk In The Room' isn't far behind, with its melding of the power of their rock'n 'roll delivery to the folk rock of the arrangement and vocals.

(Taken from the booklet)


11. Red Sails In The Sunset 1.34 Mike and Frank sing together
12. Memphis Tennessee 2.09 Chris & John
13. Needles And Pins 2.77 Mike and Frank with Chris
14. Hi-Heel Sneakers 2.40 John
15. What Have They Done To The Rain? 2.46 Mike with Chris and Frank
16. Glad All Over 1.58 Chris
17. Let The Four Winds Blow 1.44 John
18. When You Walk In The Room 3.10 Mike and Frank with Chris
19. What'd I Say 3.22 Chris