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The Shadows 7/3/1989

Review

A straightforward summary of the Shadows' first three years of habitual hit-making, opening with the pounding flurry of "Apache," then tracing through the next eight smash singles, with a handful of attendant B-sides (and one EP cut, the title track from The Boys) to round the package out. There is no denying the sheer brilliance of this early sequence. Hits like "Wonderful Land," "FBI," and "Man of Mystery" utterly rewrote the guitar's role in rock, not only musically, but culturally as well. Unquestionably, the Shadows' importance and impact diminished as the years passed, but at the outset of their career -- the period documented here -- they were untouchable. It is for that reason that The Shadows' Greatest Hits is still regarded in some quarters as the finest Shadows album of them all, an accolade which no other compilation (and goodness knows, there's been enough of them) has ever been able to dismiss. Even the sleeve screams "masterpiece." ~ Dave Thompson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Apache The Shadows 2:54
  3. 2 Man of Mystery The Shadows 1:59
  4. 3 The Stranger The Shadows 2:39
  5. 4 F.B.I. The Shadows 2:18
  6. 5 Midnight The Shadows 2:29
  7. 6 The Frightened City The Shadows 2:20
  8. 7 Kon-Tiki The Shadows 1:52
  9. 8 Thirty-Six-Twenty-Four-Thirty-Six The Shadows 1:40
  10. 9 The Savage [From the Film the Young Ones] The Shadows 2:21
  11. 10 Peace Pipe [From the Film the Young Ones] The Shadows 2:10
  12. 11 Wonderful Land The Shadows 2:0
  13. 12 Stars Fell on Stockton The Shadows 2:13
  14. 13 Guitar Tango The Shadows 2:58
  15. 14 The Boys The Shadows 2:34
  16. 15 Dance On The Shadows 2:21

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