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The Complete Singles A's & B's 1959-1980: 21 Years at the Top

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The Shadows 4/26/2004

Review

The Shadows only really dominated British pop and rock music for about five years, from late 1958 through 1963, but they've held on to their audience for decades, partly owing to the consistency of their work, especially their singles. This 86-track collection, running 240 minutes, assembles the group's complete singles output from 21 of those years -- and not surprisingly, it's not only pretty good (and sometimes excellent) rock & roll, but also a reflection of some key aspects of British pop/rock and pop culture, and, apart from some early missteps and some late-era predictability, very good listening. The first two songs, "Feelin' Fine" and "Don't Be a Fool (With Love)," cut when the group was still known as the Drifters, are the most unusual tracks here, as they're vocal numbers, recorded before the band recognized that their success apart from lead singer Cliff Richard lay primarily in their instrumental prowess. "Feelin' Fine" is a highly derivative number that sounds like an imitation of Buddy Holly, while "Don't Be a Fool (With Love)" is heavily influenced by doo wop music, and sounds like a good imitation of Dion & the Belmonts or Danny & the Juniors. "Jet Black" is a great showcase for Jet Harris' bass -- he was the first bassist in England to achieve stardom -- while "Driftin'" provides rhythm guitarist Bruce Welch with a showcase. It took another abortive single in the vein of Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers, respectively, before they finally decided on an instrumental output -- and scored their first time out with "Apache," which sounds amazing on this state-of-the-art CD, with every nuance of the playing crisply delineated (to this longtime fan, it was like hearing the track for the first time). This reviewer was already well familiar with the Shadows' output, including their LPs, but even he was surprised by how seriously they moved from decided strength to strength on their singles, across the their history. Just when one thinks they're becoming a little too MOR on "Atlantis," they come along with a solid U.S.-style rocker like "Shindig," which puts them right back in the thick of mid-'60s rock & roll, and pieces with an extraordinary "haunt count" such as "Theme for Young Lovers," which is worthy of Paul McCartney's pen. Also included is their Top Ten vocal single "Don't Make My Baby Blue," a beat ballad worthy of any of the post-1960 acts that were dominating the charts in 1965, and follow it up, once removed, with "I Met a Girl," which could be a Rubber Soul outtake. The later material, especially that coinciding with the punk and disco era of the mid- to late '70s and early '80s, shows the group struggling for inspiration but still able to turn out engaging pop/rock singles when they find it. The sound is excellent, even exquisite, throughout -- coupled with the thorough annotation, this is as good an immersion in the Shadows' output as any release on the market, and the ultimate gift item for serious fans. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Feelin' Fine The Drifters 1:54
  3. 2 Don't Be a Fool (With Love) The Shadows 2:4
  4. 3 Driftin' The Drifters 2:31
  5. 4 Jet Black The Shadows 2:26
  6. 5 Saturday Dance The Shadows 1:42
  7. 6 Lonesome Fella The Shadows 2:31
  8. 7 Apache The Shadows 2:53
  9. 8 Quartermaster's Stores The Shadows 2:20
  10. 9 Man of Mystery The Shadows 1:59
  11. 10 The Stranger The Shadows 2:39
  12. 11 F.B.I. The Shadows 2:17
  13. 12 Midnight The Shadows 2:28
  14. 13 The Frightened City The Shadows 2:20
  15. 14 Back Home The Shadows 2:40
  16. 15 Kon-Tiki The Shadows 1:52
  17. 16 36-24-36 The Shadows 1:40
  18. 17 The Savage The Shadows 2:21
  19. 18 Peace Pipe The Shadows 2:10
  20. 19 Wonderful Land The Shadows 2:3
  21. 20 Stars Fell On Stockton The Shadows 2:14
  22. 21 Guitar Tango The Shadows 2:58
  23. 22 What a Lovely Tune The Shadows 2:15
  24. 23 Dance On The Shadows 2:21
  25. 24 All Day The Shadows 2:33
  26. 1 Foot Tapper The Shadows 2:32
  27. 2 The Breeze and I The Shadows 2:46
  28. 3 Atlantis The Shadows 2:45
  29. 4 I Want You to Want Me The Shadows 2:34
  30. 5 Shindig The Shadows 2:16
  31. 6 It's Been a Blue Day The Shadows 2:5
  32. 7 Geronimo The Shadows 2:18
  33. 8 Shazam! The Shadows 2:17
  34. 9 Theme for Young Lovers The Shadows 2:37
  35. 10 This Hammer The Shadows 2:58
  36. 11 The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt The Shadows 2:44
  37. 12 It's a Man's World The Shadows 2:3
  38. 13 Rhythm and Greens The Shadows 2:20
  39. 14 The Miracle The Shadows 2:37
  40. 15 Genie with the Light Brown Lamp The Shadows 2:39
  41. 16 Little Princess The Shadows 3:12
  42. 17 Mary Anne The Shadows 2:23
  43. 18 Chu Chi The Shadows 2:29
  44. 19 Stingray The Shadows 2:27
  45. 20 Alice in Sunderland The Shadows 2:35
  46. 21 Don't Make My Baby Blue The Shadows 2:10
  47. 22 My Grandfather's Clock The Shadows 2:40
  48. 1 The War Lord The Shadows 2:14
  49. 2 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Arthur The Shadows 2:29
  50. 3 I Met a Girl The Shadows 2:13
  51. 4 Late Night Set The Shadows 2:3
  52. 5 A Place in the Sun The Shadows 2:12
  53. 6 Will You Be There The Shadows 2:18
  54. 7 The Dreams I Dream The Shadows 2:14
  55. 8 Scotch on the Socks The Shadows 2:15
  56. 9 Maroc 7 The Shadows 2:42
  57. 10 Bombay Duck The Shadows 2:6
  58. 11 Tomorrow's Cancelled The Shadows 3:3
  59. 12 Somewhere The Shadows 2:31
  60. 13 Midnight Cowboy Hank Marvin 2:33
  61. 14 Running Out of World The Shadows 2:41
  62. 15 Dear Old Mrs. Bell The Shadows 2:29
  63. 16 Trying to Forget the One You Love The Shadows 2:15
  64. 17 London's Not Too Far Hank Marvin 2:40
  65. 18 Slaughter on Tenth Avenue The Shadows 5:23
  66. 19 Turn Around and Touch Me The Shadows 2:53
  67. 20 Jungle Jam The Shadows 4:32
  68. 1 Let Me Be the One The Shadows 2:48
  69. 2 Stand Up Like a Man The Shadows 2:56
  70. 3 Run Billy Run The Shadows 3:24
  71. 4 Honourable Puff Puff The Shadows 4:8
  72. 5 It'll Be Me Babe The Shadows 3:16
  73. 6 Like Strangers The Shadows 4:1
  74. 7 Another Night The Shadows 3:23
  75. 8 Cricket Bat Boogie The Shadows 3:19
  76. 9 Love Deluxe The Shadows 3:48
  77. 10 Sweet Saturday Night The Shadows 4:19
  78. 11 Don't Cry for Me Argentina The Shadows 3:30
  79. 12 Montezuma's Revenge The Shadows 4:4
  80. 13 Theme from The Deer Hunter The Shadows 3:24
  81. 14 Bermuda Triangle The Shadows 5:13
  82. 15 Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto de Aranjuez The Shadows 3:24
  83. 16 Song for Duke The Shadows 3:59
  84. 17 Riders in the Sky The Shadows 3:36
  85. 18 Rusk The Shadows 3:51
  86. 19 Heart of Glass The Shadows 3:31
  87. 20 Return to the Alamo The Shadows 4:4

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