The Liverpool Sound - TX: 27/05/1964 Performances in order of appearance: Gene Pitney (backing band The Echoes): 'Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa', 'If I Didn't Have A Dime', 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance','Love My Life Away'; Brian Poole and the Tremeloes: 'Twist and Shout', 'Candy Man', 'Swinging On A Star' 'The Three Bells' and 'Do You Love Me'; Dusty Springfield (backed by The Echoes): 'I Only Want To Be With You', 'The Love Of A Boy', 'Stay A While', 'Shake It Up'; Gerry & The Pacemakers: 'I Like It', 'I’m The One', 'How Do You Do It', 'You’ll Never Walk Alone' and 'A Shot of Rhythm and Blues'. All guests plus Johnny O'Keefe -' When the Saints Go Marching In'.
When I was researching my book 'Channelling The Beat' (published in 2018), one of the most surprising things I stumbled upon was this long-lost Australian TV special. All I managed to actually view was the grand finale of 'When the Saints Go Marching In', and I didn't dream that the full show would be available on DVD in pristine quality two years later!
Both Gene Pitney and Dusty Springfield are backed by The Echoes, and at first the lack of any backing vocalists sounds a little strange. Nevertheless, Gene does a wonderful version of 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance', and Dusty's voice and personality more than compensates throughout her set for any other shortcomings.
The Tremeloes (both with and without Brian Poole) were always a great live act, and such is the case here. Interestingly, 'Twist and Shout' is performed at a similar tempo and in the same key as The Beatles' version rather than the faster/lower keyed arrangement of their own UK No. 4 hit, though the highlight for me is 'Swingin' On A Star', with particularly fine harmonies and drumming from the late great Dave Munden.
Gerry and The Pacemakers are the only act that mime - why that is I don't know, as they were a very capable live act. Perhaps they weren't happy with the sound during rehearsals? Whatever, they're still good to see.
In conclusion, this is a strong candidate for DVD of the year. Buy it while you can, and re-live the magic of The Swinging 60s!
Last Edit: Dec 19, 2020 12:15:13 GMT by petercheck