THE MERSEYBEATS - "It's Love That Really Counts" / "The Fortune Teller" (Fontana TF412) August 1963
Newcomers to the Fontana label are The Merseybeats with "It's Love That Really Counts." Pleasant surprise is the leisurely nature of the number. The melody, too, is particularly attractive. "The Fortune Teller" is faster, beatier, and more in keeping with the Mersey sound. Unfortunately sound is all it's got: the song itself is weak. (NME review - August, 1963)
Guess where this group comes from! Group vocal vie with lead guitar and somehow melt and mould the lyrics - above average - to suit their own purposes. Lacks the really powerful beat but it's a well handled debut for all that. Melody is slightly complex but not too tricky to retain, nut-wise. Their harmonic ideas are quite excellent.
Flip is a lot faster and shows, again, that this group are not content to stick entirely with the current trends. They don't mind a touch of the experiments. (Record Mirror review - August, 1963)