Thursday, March 3, 2011

Compare and Contrast: Farewell My Lovely Appetizer

Well, I'll be jiggered. I just discovered that one of my all-time faves by the second best pop/rock band in Liverpool -- The Searchers' gorgeous 1965 "Goodbye My Love"... actually a cover. Specifically, of a semi-obscure Southern soul record by Jimmy Hughes from the same year.

I'm embarrassed to admit that before I stumbled across this one on the intertubes the other day I was unfamiliar with not just the original but with Hughes himself. That said, on balance, and as spine-tingling as the Hughes version is, I think I still prefer the cover. Something about those harmonies, I suspect.