The Minstrels – So Weary (Sam Mitchell and Keith Scott production)
Another wonderful tune finance by Lebanese businessman Kenneth L Khouri for his Merritone label. How can anything so brilliant be so obscure? Every one should have a copy!
The similarity of the vocal structure and melody to Ferry Cross The Mersey by Gerry & The Pacemakers is unmistakeable and can’t be a coincidence. Though on this occassion the somewhat unusual source material doesn’t detract from the end product, this wasn’t always the case with other tunes covered/adapted on the Merritone label; The Mighty Quinn by Hopeton Lewis And The Gaylettes is kind of odd and Hornpipe Rocksteady by Leslie Butler is at best completely forgettable.
So Weary was originally released on the Merritone label in Jamaica, it did not see a UK release. It is currently unavailable but is expected to be reissued in the near future.