THE PACIFICS - Play Favourites 7"
Really solid 4 track EP 7″ of some pretty rightious covers, by an Irish “combo” called the Pacifics. It’s out on the Austrian Bachelor Records imprint, and full of great mono guitar tones. Bo Diddley’s “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover” is given star treatment as the A-Side and it’s a fitting opener to this EP of covers. The Pacifics hit all the right covers on this one. Up next? Little Richard’s “Lucille” and the piano obviously gets out front on this one (besides the magnificently maniacal vocal take that’s perfect for the track). The piano sounds as ragged as Little Richard’s version, a feat that should not go unnoticed. The last strike on it rings out pure ugly soul. It’s great.
“Baby It’s You” a Burt Bacherach penned tune that found it’s place being recorded by the Beatles and The Shirelles among many others, opens up the B-Side with a more smooth and light edge. Lots of true singing and no yelping/squealing in this one. The Pacifics manage to make all of these songs sound like their own brand of “Beat”. Each track has it’s own feel and it’s own vocal styling and that’s what’s really impressive about this tiny platter EP. These guys can really sing, now lets see if they can write their own jams! The Chuck Barry “I’m Talking About You” cover is obviously another rock n roll raver in the vein of “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover”. Perfect bookend, and it brings the single full circle and leaves you wanting to flip it again and again.