THE MERSEYBEATS - "Wishin' And Hopin" / "Milkman" (Fontana TF 482) July 1964

Dusty Springfield is enjoying a chart success in the States with Burt Bacharach - Hal David number "Wishin' And Hopin," and I'm quite sure The Merseybeats will do so in this country. Although not written specially for them, it's a melodic and subdued rockaballad of the type they do so well.

Unusually conceived clipped staccato phrases, it develops into a lilting theme well suited to this group's hushed-voice approach. The rhythm is compelling, with tambourine prominent. Should do well!

An orthodox twister of no outstanding merit apart from it's insidious beat, the Tony Crane - Johnny Gustafson composition "Milkman" nevertheless makes an adequate B-Side. On Fontana. (NME review - July, 1964)

The Bacharach - David number is given a smooth ballad treatment from the lads who put a lot of genuine feeling in it. A different sort of ballad sound with a powerful build and build sound. It's already a hit for Dusty in the States, and it must be a very big one for this competent group here.  
Flip comes from their LP and the film "Just For You". It's a jaunty light-hearted beat ballad with a good danceable beat. (Record Mirror review - July, 1964)

Charted #13

NME - July 1964

NME - July 1964

Record Mirror - July 1964