Meet The Searchers is the 1963 debut and most successful album by Britishrock band The Searchers. The album featured their first single released in June 1963, a version of the Drifters' "Sweets for My Sweet", which was a UK No.1 for the band, as well as their version of the Clovers "Love Potion No.9", which was released as a single in the U.S. (but not in the UK) the following year. "Love Potion No.9" peaked on the US charts at No. 3 on 19 December 1964. The album was also released in Canada, Germany and South Africa, often with track listing changes.
Meet The Searchers was released as a monaural (mono) LP album on the Pye label in the UK in the summer of 1963 [Pye NPL 18086]. It entered the LP charts on 10 August 1963, reached the No. 2 spot (The Beatles held the #1 position with Please Please Me) and charted for 44 weeks. Alternatively, two EPs containing songs from the album were released in the UK. Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya, with the lead track originally recorded by The Ribbons, was released in September and reached the top spot on 5 October 1963. The second, Sweets for My Sweet (including Chris Curtis' self-penned B-side song "It's All Been a Dream"), aimed at the lucrative Christmas market in December and went to No. 5.
In 1964 the so-called British Invasion started and the Searchers were at the forefront with The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five and Herman's Hermits. The group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show with "Needles and Pins" and "Ain't That Just Like Me", both of which became hits in the US. Kapp Records got the rights and started to release the Searchers' music. In the American market, albums were typically limited to 12 tracks and it was expected for albums to include the current hit single. Kapp Records released a compilation of the British market albums Meet The Searchers and Sugar and Spice (5 songs from each) with additional songs from the single "Needles and Pins" / "Saturday Night Out". The album, released both in mono [Kapp KL 1363] and stereo [Kapp KS 3363], entered the Billboard Top 200 on 11 April 1964, went to No. 22 and stayed for 21 weeks.