THE MERSEYBEATS – \”I Stand Accused\” / \”All My Life\” (Fontana TF 645) December 1965

There is something about this track that I find fascinating. It certainly isn\’t the melody – there\’s not really a tune you can whistle. Maybe it\’s the intriguing lyric which holds the attention, or perhaps it\’s that insistent thump beat which persists throughout – together with an underlying tinkling effect.

More likely, it\’s a blend of all these factors. In any event, it\’s a disc that\’s well worth hearing, and one which must stand a chance.

Flip: Tempo slows for this wistful number. Not so forceful as the top side, but more melodic. Mainly solo voice, with harmony and handclapping support. (NME review – December, 1965)

Kit Lambert production for the recent hit-makers and a song that has a load of power, a repetitive quality that is very commercial and some first rate vocal touches. It builds well, too, holding the interest at a mid-tempo styling. Should be a sizeable hit. (Record Mirror – December, 1965).

Charted: 38 

Edsel vinyl compilation from the 1980s exploring The Merseybeats Beat and Ballad cuts
three Merseybeats members with Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp in the background

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