Album Details

September 28, 2004
Castle Music Ltd.
Pop/Rock, Early R&B, British Invasion

Album Review

For a long time, the only Tony Jackson collection was Strange Things' Just Like Me, which itself got hard to find not long after its release in the early '90s. This 2004 CD has everything that was on Just Like Me and a bit more. In fact, it's hard to imagine that there will ever be more Tony Jackson unearthed than what's here, as this disc has all 20 tracks Jackson released in the 1960s, along with four previously unreleased alternate takes and outtakes. Unsurprisingly, it sounds rather like (and sometimes much like) the Searchers, since Jackson was their original lead singer. And, to lay it on the line, it's not as good as the Searchers, though it's passable mid-'60s British Invasion music, and occasionally above average. The standout is certainly Jackson's folk-rock arrangement of Mary Wells' "You Beat Me to the Punch" (which liberally cops the guitar line from the Searchers' own arrangement of "Needles and Pins"). The high percentage of unmemorable covers of American R&B-rock tunes marks helped mark him, however, as a performer who didn't have nearly as much of distinction to offer outside of the Searchers as he did within that estimable band. Among the four previously unavailable songs, there's an alternate take of "Stage Door" with a somewhat less elaborate arrangement; an only slightly different alternate of "Is There Anything Else You Want"; the outtake "She Wanted Me" (by an unknown writer), which again recalls a middling Searchers; and an inconsequential jazzy instrumental cover of the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out."
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Bye Bye Baby
  2. Watch Your Step
  3. You Beat Me to the Punch
  4. This Little Girl of Mine
  5. Love Potion No. 9
  6. Fortune Teller
  7. Stage Door
  8. That's What I Want
  9. You're My Number One
  10. Let Me Know
  11. Never Leave Your Baby's Side
  12. I'm the One She Really Thinks a Lot Of
  13. Follow Me
  14. Walk That Walk
  15. Is There Anything Else You Want
  16. Come On and Stop
  17. Just Like Me
  18. Understanding
  19. Shake
  20. He Was a Friend of Mine
  21. Stage Door [#][Take]
  22. Is There Anything Else You Want [#][Take]
  23. She Wanted Me [#][Outtake]
  24. We Can Work It Out [#][Instrumental]