Album Details

October 28, 2003
Castle Music Ltd.
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll

Album Review

Listeners may wonder, at first glance, if two CDs and 40 songs by Mike Berry isn't overkill, but by the end of the first disc, his doubts were erased. There's more than enough diversity in the sounds represented here, from the early-'60s Joe Meek productions to Berry's 1970s and 1980s releases, passing through elements of Merseybeat influences along the way, to keep matters interesting and then some. The highlights of the first disc obviously include Berry's Buddy Holly covers, and his originals -- several of which, including "Dreams Can Come True," were written in Holly's style -- aren't bad either. What's surprising to this listener is how strong Berry's 1970s-vintage sides on disc two are -- Berry was an even stronger singer and musician in the later decade, and deserved better than the relative obscurity he dwelt in outside of England. Some listeners will be surprised to discover that his later version of "Tribute to Buddy Holly," rather than being a routine revisiting of an "oldie" classic, is superior to the classic original, more inventive and personal. This is an excellent chance to reappraise and appreciate this underrated English rock & roller. As is usual with Castle's reissues since the mid-'90s, the sound is excellent and the annotation is thorough and informative, as well as entertaining, and the package is a bargain.
Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. My Baby Doll
  2. Tribute to Buddy Holly [Original Version]
  3. It's Just a Matter of Time
  4. How Many Times
  5. Don't You Think It's Time
  6. My Little Baby
  7. It Really Doesn't Matter
  8. On My Mind
  9. This Little Girl
  10. Lovesick
  11. Letters of Love
  12. Somebody Stole My Gal
  13. Rave On
  14. Dreams Can Come True
  15. I'm Gonna Love You Too
  16. That'll Be the Day
  17. Peggy Sue
  18. Fools Paradise
  19. Think It Over
  20. Stay Close to Me
  21. Don't Be Cruel
  22. Tribute to Buddy Holly
  23. I'm Your Man
  24. Take a Heart
  25. Hey Joe
  26. I'm a Rocker
  27. Give Me a Break
  28. Don't Ever Change
  29. I Really Love You
  30. Ballad of Jimmy Dean
  31. Hard Times
  32. New Orleans
  33. Love Rocket
  34. All Paid Up
  35. Keep On Rolling
  36. One By One
  37. Don't Fight It
  38. Heaven Out of Hell
  39. If a Tear Should Fall
  40. Only Rock & Roll