The New Seekers recorded 12 albums, 9 of which feature Lyn Paul. These are listed below in chronological order, together with an album released by Peter, Paul & Marty, which features Lyn on backing vocals, and a live CD released in 2007.
The New Seekers' first three LPs were recorded for the Philips label. From 1971 to 1974 the group recorded for Polydor. Along with Slade (who were also signed to Polydor in 1971) the New Seekers became one of the label's best-selling acts of the seventies.
Lyn Paul, often her own harshest critic, reflected on the albums she had recorded with the New Seekers in a radio interview with David Jensen: "I think, with age, your voice does get better... I listen to some of the old tracks and I just think, I can't even believe they put that on the album." (From The Bottom To The Top, Capital Gold, 20th July 2006)
Side 1: Meet My Lord (Kelly) | Angel Of The Morning (Chip Taylor) | Betty Brown (Georg Hultgreen) / Zip-a-dee-doo-dah (Allie Wrubel, Ray Gilbert) | Zarzis (Laurie Heath) | Too Much Of Nothing (Bob Dylan) | Illinois (Alex Spyropolous, Patrick Campbell-Lyons)
The New Seekers' début album was recorded in 1969 and released at the very beginning of 1970 before Lyn Paul joined the group. The LP established Eve Graham as the New Seekers' main lead vocalist, with Eve singing lead on four tracks and sharing the lead with Sally Graham on a fifth (Night In The City). Sally got the lead all to herself on just one track, Too Much Of Nothing, while Laurie Heath and Marty Kristian got two tracks apiece.
The song selection on the LP set the pattern for future New Seekers' albums. The group took a couple of songs which had already been hits for other recording artists (in this case Gene Pitney'sSomething's Gotten Hold Of My Heart and P.P. Arnold'sAngel Of The Morning), They also borrowed songs from respected singer-songwriters (Bob Dylan'sToo Much Of Nothing and Joni Mitchell'sNight In The City) and added some fresh material, including some songs of their own. Laurie and Marty each contributed two songs to the album (Hello Again and One More Sunny Day by Marty; Zarzis and Not As Good As The Real Thing by Laurie). Behind the scenes, tying all these strands together, was Keith Potger. "Keith is marvellous musically for us" Laurie told Jan Nesbit from the NME, "Marty and I come up with songs and he just knows how they should be done." (New Musical Express, 18th October 1969, page 14)
Produced by:Keith Potger Arranged by: John Barham, Graham Hall and Keith Potger
The first New Seekers' album to feature the vocals of Lyn Paul and the first of many to be produced by David Mackay.
Reviewing the album in New Musical Express,Allen Evans wrote: "Everyone does a great job and if they aren't as famous as the original Seekers yet, they will be before long." (New Musical Express, 21st November 1970, page 9)
Originally released on the Philips label with the title Beautiful People, this album was subsequently released on the Polydor label as Never Ending Song Of Love. At the time of re-release one reviewer commented: "For a change this could be a case of the band welcoming the re-issue of their old stuff as really this does them a few favours and makes it hard to understand why they took so long to take off and become the names they are now." As for the album itself, "it could well rate as one of the best things they have ever done - there's a fine choice of songs ... and they can sing well."
The New Seekers' first album for the Polydor label. Lyn Paul sings the lead vocal on Lay Me Down and No Mans Land.
In his review of the album in New Musical Express,John Wells gave the group a thumbs up: "a good album, well produced and well worth yer two quid." He commented in particular on the "superb harmonies from one and all" and on the song selection: "Whoever chooses the material on New Seekers' albums certainly knows what they are on about." (New Musical Express, 2nd October 1971, page 13)
This album featured the six songs from which Beg, Steal Or Borrow was chosen as Britain's 1972 Eurovision Song Contest entry.
The album review by Chris Charlesworth, which appeared in Melody Maker, said: "They're not exactly hip but the album shows there's more to them than plastic smiles and fab gear." (Melody Maker, 25th March 1972, page 14)
"Typically professional and accomplished" wrote one reviewer "Their harmonies are contagious."
In the UK Circles was packaged in a circular sleeve. Not a first, but a rare occurrence: in 1968 the Small Faces' album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake had also been released in a circular sleeve, that one designed to resemble a tobacco tin. Sleeves like this were generally not popular with record companies as they cost more to make; nor with retailers as they tended to roll off the display racks.
New Seekers Live at the
Royal Albert Hall
Tonight (Roy Wood) | Angel Of The Morning (Chip Taylor) | Get Ourselves Together / Someday (Bonnie Bramlett, Carl Radle / J. Allison, Bonnie Bramlett, D. Gilmore) | When There's No Love Left (Brian Peacock, Rob Lovett) | Lyn gets to do her thing ... I'm A Nut (Leroy Pullins) | Beg, Steal Or Borrow (Tony Hall, Graeme Miller, Steve Wolfe)
The highlight of the show is Lyn's full of fun rendition of I'm A Nut. Here we see signs of a solo star in the making. In an interview with The Beat magazine in 2012, Lyn described I'm A Nut as a "the most ridiculous song. Who the hell sings 'I'm A Nut'?"
Highest chart position: 47 Weeks on chart: 2 weeks
The Now album was released at the same time as David Bowie'sAladdin Sane LP. While Bowie was saying goodbye to his Ziggy Stardust persona, the New Seekers were attempting, by selecting 'heavier' songs such as Pinball Wizard and Utah, an (albeit less dramatic) image change of their own. But while Bowie was all the rage, it was fashionable, as journalist Tony Stewart pointed out, to criticize the New Seekers. Reviewing the album in New Musical Express, he proved himself to be a dedicated follower of that fashion but conceded: "Nobody denies their natural vocal ability, and I'll go so far as to say the harmonies are excellent." (New Musical Express, 14th April 1973, page 16)
New Seekers, Now (back of LP sleeve)
Pictured (left to right): Paul Layton, Lyn Paul, Peter Doyle, Eve Graham and Marty Kristian.
Paul & Marty Peter,
Paul & Marty.
Peter, Paul & Marty
Reach Out (I'll Be There) (Holland, Dozier, Holland) | Songs We Sang Together (Tony Macaulay) | Ride A Horse (Paul Layton) | Come Softly To Me (Gary Troxel, Gretchen Chriistopher, Barbara Ellis) | Rock and Roll Medley: My Baby Left Me (Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup) / Great Balls Of Fire (Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer) / Jailhouse Rock (Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller) / Heartbreak Hotel (Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden) / Rip It Up (Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, John Marascalco)
Pictured above (left to right): Peter Oliver, Paul Layton and Marty Kristian
The three guys from the New Seekers released one album without the girls. Listen carefully though, Lyn and Eve's backing vocals shine through.
An article published in Disc on 29th September 1973 reported that Marty Kristian "wasn't too keen on the material" for this album; "It's some of the stuff we do on stage, and a few compositions of my own that are more rock orientated ... I like some of the things on it, not others, but I'm more or less like that with every record."
In another interview, Marty explained to a reporter from Popswop how the album had come about: "On our last British tour, when Peter Doyle was still with us, we began to think of something different to present. As Peter D had just started playing electric guitar in the act, we hit upon the idea of doing a rock and roll medley with just [the] boys performing ... The idea worked well and so the whole feeling of the 'Peter, Paul and Marty' album was born.."
When the time came to record the album, Peter Doyle had left the New Seekers. His replacement, Peter Oliver, flew out to the USA, where the group was touring. As Marty explained: "Peter O had rehearsed pretty well in London before he came to the States and knew most of our songs and guitar accompaniment. He also spent a couple of weeks during the change-over with Peter Doyle, who helped him a great deal."
As well as these originals, the album includes a number of cover versions, among them covers of the Buck Owens' classic Cryin' Time and Bette Midler'sFriends. It's perhaps no surprise to find this one on the album as, just the year before , Marty Kristian had named Bette Midler as his favourite singer. The same goes for the inclusion of George Harrison'sMy Sweet Lord. Both Marty and Eve Graham had named him as their favourite songwriter. Also worthy of mention is the cover of Blue Mink'sMelting Pot, a song that Eve Graham had first passed up the opportunity of recording in 1969.
The review of the LP in Disc highlighted "two real goodies" on the album - "Lyn Paul's lovely interpretation of Here, There And Everywhere [Beatles] and a ballsy Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show [Neil Diamond] featuring Peter Oliver." The review concluded: "The New Seekers may not be strong enough meat for many tastes but there's no denying that what they do tackle is seldom less than well-executed and often considerably better than that." (Disc, 16th March 1974, page 20)
Produced by: Michael Lloyd / Tommy Oliver * / Tommy Oliver and Tony Macaulay ** Arranged by: Tommy Oliver / Gerry Shury * / Gerry Shury **
This was the New Seekers' last album for Polydor. The review in Disc commented: "This is not a case of dredging up every old unreleased track to get the last drop of blood out of a defunct group. The [New] Seekers did go into the studios specially to make this before they packed up and all the tracks, bar two, are new ones."
There are more tracks on this album featuring Lyn Paul on lead vocal than on any other New Seekers' LP, something which the Disc review also commented on: "The record is not at all representative of the New Seekers as a whole. In fact, it's almost as if the two girls conspired together to have their revenge for the boys' Peter, Paul & Marty album, because ten of the twelve tracks feature Lyn and / or Eve. The other two feature Marty so poor ol' Pete and Paul scarcely get a look in." (Disc, 17th August 1974, page 20)