Hide & Seekers
THE FABULOUS SOUND OF THE SEEKERS
Presenting THE SEEKERS with BOBBY RICHARDS and his orchestra
Orchestral Arrangements by Russ Thompson
Seekers Arrangements by The Seekers
Sound Supervision by Keith Grant
Executive Producer: Cyril Ornadel
An F.C.M. Production
Sleeve research and notes: Peter Gammond
General Notes: This was The Seekers' third album and second for the World Record Club (WRC). It, like its predecessors, is an album on traditional folk material. Unfortunately WRC used the same liner notes as The Seekers, so nothing new is provided, but for consistency I have included them. They did, however, provided track notations - something sadly lacking from The Seekers.
Liner Notes: "The Seekers are a young group of Australian singers who are quickly building a great reputation in this country. Their repertoire is drawn from the riches of international folksong, a field full of melodic treasures. The Seekers, while using mostly authentic folksongs, have found a popular way of putting over this music, playing it in modern, swinging idion that is attractive to a modern audience
The groups consists of three boys and a girl. The girl is JUDITH DURHAM, a twenty-one year old gospel and blues singer who built a considerable reputation in the jazz field while she spent a year singing with a leading Australian traditional jazz group. When the Seekers wanted a girl's voice to add to the group, Judith was more or less an automatic choice. For a time she continued to sing with the band and with the Seekers but when the trip abroad was planned she joined the group full-time. Judith is small and jobial and immensely talented and her favourite singers are Mahalia Jackson, Rosetta Tharpe and Bessie Smith.
The male members of the group are ATHOL GUY, aged twenty-four, the business manager and bass-player of the outfit. He used to be an advertising executive, but like the rest of the Seekers, gave up his part-time musical status to become a full-time professional at the beginning of 1964. Bruce Woodley is twenty-two and was also an advertising executive before joining the Seekers. He is the most experienced folk-singer of the group and also play banjo and guitar. It is his enthusiasm for folk-music that is clearly reflected in the Seekers' leaning toward this kind of music. KEITH POTGER is twenty-three and is also a guitarist and banjoist. He gave up a career as radio producer (sic) to become a full-time Seeker after a period of trying to mix both activities.
under two years ago the Seekers started out as a semi-professional group
appearing in dance clubs and coffee lounges. They very quickly got the chance to
appear on TV shows and then graduated to the nightclubs and hotels in the
bigger cities of
Their repertoire is a wide one and they are always looking for new material. They like song with a strong melodic content and a well-defined rhythm. Their approach is frankly popular because the want to bring their music to as wide an audience as possible. They all sing, covering a considerable range between them and blend naturally and easily in a way ideally suited to their material. Nobody is in charge of the music; they work in a truly democratic manner and achieve delightfully free and easy results by this method."
(arr. Guy-Woodley-Durham-Potger (Copyright Control) 2.15)
gospel song from
(Reynolds (Copyright Control) 2.35)
Children's lullaby from
(Charp (Paling) 3.52)
The tune is Scottish - The Seekers consider this song to have one of the most beautiful melodies and lyrics in the world.
Well Well Well
A 'white' man's spiritual.
(Potger-Guy-Durham-Woodely (Copyright Control) 3.21)
an English Song which was sung by early settlers when they arrived in
We're Moving On
(Potger-Guy-Durham-Woodley (Copyright Control) 2.02)
An American Gospel song, with a 'happy' feeling of good things.
The Ox Droving Song
(Guy-Potger-Durham-Woodley (Copyright Control) 1.44)
(Potger-Guy-Durham-Woodley (Woomera) 2.25)
Negro Gospel song. Kumbaya means "Come by here".
(Dylan (Allan) 2.26)
Recently composed song of protest by well known contemporary composer Bob Dylan.
The Eriskay Love Lilt
(Kennedy-Fraser (Boosey &Hawkes) 2.34)
Beautiful new Hebrides love song.
(Potger (Woomera) 2.00)
Originally a Negro Blues. The Seekers have taken this song out of the 12 bar blues idiom.
What have they done to the Rain
Written by the Composer of 'Little Boxes' Malvina Reynolds, this is a protest against the devastation of atomic war.