The New Seekers – “We’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”

The Sleeve:
105_5646 105_5647

The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
None.

Personal Review:
I don’t really remember when I came to own this LP, I know it was during my first few months of collecting, and I know it was for the title track.

 The album opens with the track “Tonight” with Peter on lead vocals, and it seems to start off pretty nicely, the vocals are pretty good, and the musicianship is pretty nice. After that comes the track “Too Many Trips to Nowhere” and the guitar playing is pretty good, and Marty’s lead vocals on this track are nice, I definitely prefer them over Peter, and they definitely have a nicer sound to them. After that we go onto the track “Wanderer’s Song” with Marty on lead vocals again, and he’s a really good singer, and the songs are pretty great. “Boom-Town” comes next with Peter returning on vocals, and it’s actually a pretty decent track, the vocals are nice, the lyrics are good. The musicianship on this track is superb. Then after that comes the song “Evergreen” which is a song sung by the whole group, and it starts off nicely, it’s decent, the musicianship is the best part of these types of albums. The A-Side closes with the title track (sort of.) “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” which, we all know (hopefully) is a group track, and it’s a pretty great song, it’s pretty upbeat too. Vocals are nice, and the musicianship is good.

 The B-Side opens with Eve singing “The Nickel Song” and, well, it’s a good song, I wouldn’t have used it to open the B-Side, but hey, I didn’t make the album. The song is well performed, and when the group joins in, it makes it a bit better. Next up is Lyn singing “Lay Me Down” and well, the song is a bit too slow for me, but it’s not performed bad, just a little too slow. The piano playing is nice too. After that comes “No Man’s Land” which is sung by Lyn, and she sings it well, it’s more faster paced, and the musicianship is good, sounds like there may even be steel guitar in this one. After that we go back to Peter singing, and it’s the song “Sweet Louise” and it’s a decent track, a bit quick, but it’s good, I definitely liked it. Then comes Eve & Peter singing the track “Good Old Fashioned Music” and it’s definitely a good track, I’m really enjoying this album so far. Only one song was kind of a downer, so outside of that, everything has been pretty great. The album closes with the track “Child of Mine” and it’s not a bad one, it’s a bit slow, but Eve & Peter deliver the song nicely, and it makes for a good closing track to this album. The group vocal parts are nice too.

Interesting Facts:
None.

Track Listing:
A1 – Tonight
A2 – Too Many Trips to Nowhere
A3 – Wanderer’s Song
A4 – Boom-Town
A5 – Evergreen
A6 – I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)

B1 – The Nickel Song
B2 – Lay Me Down
B3 – No Man’s Land
B4 – Sweet Louise
B5 – Good Old Fashioned Music
B6 – Child of Mine

Label:
Elektra

Catalog Number:
EKS-74115

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Produced, Arranged & Conducted by David Mackay
Recorded at IBC, Morgan & Trident Studios
Engineers – Robin Black, Mike Claydon, John Pantry, Andy Knight & Ken Scott
Photography – Frank Bez
Art Direction – Robert L. Heimall

Other Albums I Own by The New Seekers:
The History of the New Seekers: Recorded Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Released:
1971

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