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The Shadows 11//2001

Review

To be fair, this six-CD set is really for completists only, since the price tag is likely to put off anyone else. But if you've been hooked on the beautiful guitar work of Hank Marvin and the surprisingly muscularity of the band, delving deeper is a very good idea. Not only do you get all the big hits -- like "Apache," "F.B.I.," and "The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt" (or even the wonderfully named "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Arthur") -- you get literally everything. There's the obscure "Quartermaster's Stores," the traditional tune that would have been their first single if "Apache" hadn't proved to be so popular (it was relegated to the B-side), and some stuff that might have been better off left in the vaults, like "Lonely Bull" or "That's the Way It Goes," which were really little more than album-filler from back in the days when albums consisted of a few hits and anything else to fill up 40 minutes. What's most astonishing, however, is the fact that the Shadows produced consistently high-quality material, moving beyond the twang to dip their feet in the waters of Spain ("Tres Carabeles") and even some early music ("Lute Number"). Quite how they found the time for it all while keeping up a busy schedule behind Cliff Richard is another matter. Marvin's guitar work is a joy throughout, and the British king of the whammy bar uses it wisely and well. He might not have been the fastest or most fluent player around, but he knew how to work and develop a melody and what not to play -- no wonder he was a major influence on an entire generation of guitar heroes, who learned to play by copying his records. Add on top a great sense of pun ("Theme From a Filleted Place" anyone?) and you have an enjoyable collection. Yes, it can get a bit samey if you play all six discs one after the other. But, like all things, this is to be enjoyed in moderation, to realize that during these seven years, even as rock changed around them, the Shadows remained at the height of their formidable powers. ~ Chris Nickson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Feelin' Fine The Shadows 1:54
  3. 2 Don't Be a Fool (With Love) The Shadows 2:4
  4. 3 Driftin' The Shadows 2:31
  5. 4 Jet Black The Shadows 2:26
  6. 5 Chinchilla The Shadows 1:55
  7. 6 Saturday Dance The Shadows 1:42
  8. 7 Lonesome Fella The Shadows 2:31
  9. 8 Bongo Blues The Shadows 1:44
  10. 9 Apache The Shadows 2:54
  11. 10 Quartermaster's Stores The Shadows 2:20
  12. 11 The Strangler The Shadows 2:39
  13. 12 Man of Mystery The Shadows 1:59
  14. 13 Mustang The Shadows 2:38
  15. 14 Shane The Shadows 2:19
  16. 15 Shotgun The Shadows 2:5
  17. 16 Theme from Giant The Shadows 2:36
  18. 17 F.B.I. The Shadows 2:18
  19. 18 Midnight The Shadows 2:29
  20. 19 The Frightened City The Shadows 2:20
  21. 20 Back Home The Shadows 2:40
  22. 1 Kon-Tiki The Shadows 1:52
  23. 2 36-24-36 The Shadows 1:40
  24. 3 Shadoogie The Shadows 2:22
  25. 4 Blue Star The Shadows 2:44
  26. 5 Nivram The Shadows 3:19
  27. 6 Baby My Heart The Shadows 2:13
  28. 7 See You in My Drums The Shadows 2:48
  29. 8 All My Sorrows The Shadows 2:58
  30. 9 Stand Up and Say That The Shadows 2:12
  31. 10 Gonzales The Shadows 2:14
  32. 11 Find Me a Golden Street The Shadows 2:47
  33. 12 Theme from a Filleted Place The Shadows 2:21
  34. 13 That's My Desire The Shadows 2:26
  35. 14 My Resistance Is Low The Shadows 1:56
  36. 15 Sleepwalk The Shadows 2:46
  37. 16 Big Boy The Shadows 2:7
  38. 17 The Savage The Shadows 2:21
  39. 18 Peace Pipe The Shadows 2:10
  40. 19 Wonderful Land The Shadows 2:0
  41. 20 Stars Fell on Stockton The Shadows 2:13
  42. 1 Guitar Tango The Shadows 2:58
  43. 2 Oh What a Lovely Tune The Shadows 2:17
  44. 3 Theme from the Boys The Shadows 2:46
  45. 4 The Girls The Shadows 2:21
  46. 5 Sweet Dreams The Shadows 1:55
  47. 6 The Boys The Shadows 2:34
  48. 7 The Rumble The Shadows 1:53
  49. 8 The Bandit The Shadows 2:39
  50. 9 Cosy The Shadows 3:11
  51. 10 1861 The Shadows 2:26
  52. 11 Perfidia The Shadows 2:10
  53. 12 Little "B" The Shadows 4:59
  54. 13 Bo Didley The Shadows 2:5
  55. 14 South of the Border The Shadows 3:17
  56. 15 Spring Is Nearly Here The Shadows 3:0
  57. 16 Are They All Like You? The Shadows 2:12
  58. 17 Tales of a Raggy Tramline The Shadows 2:17
  59. 18 Some Are Lonely The Shadows 2:20
  60. 19 Kinda Cool The Shadows 2:13
  61. 20 Some Are Lonely [French Version] The Shadows 2:34
  62. 1 Dance On The Shadows 2:21
  63. 2 All Day The Shadows 2:31
  64. 3 Foot Tapper The Shadows 2:32
  65. 4 The Breeze and I The Shadows 2:48
  66. 5 Les Girls The Shadows 1:58
  67. 6 Round and Round The Shadows 2:1
  68. 7 Atlantis The Shadows 2:45
  69. 8 I Want You to Want Me The Shadows 2:33
  70. 9 Granada The Shadows 2:35
  71. 10 Adios Muchachos The Shadows 2:15
  72. 11 Valencia The Shadows 2:29
  73. 12 La Tres Carabelas (Three Galleons) The Shadows 3:5
  74. 13 Shindig The Shadows 2:15
  75. 14 It's Been a Blue Day The Shadows 2:5
  76. 15 Geronimo The Shadows 2:18
  77. 16 Shazam! The Shadows 2:16
  78. 17 Theme for Young Lovers The Shadows 2:36
  79. 18 This Hammer The Shadows 2:56
  80. 19 The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt The Shadows 2:44
  81. 20 It's a Man's World The Shadows 2:2
  82. 1 Chattanooga Choo Choo The Shadows 2:21
  83. 2 Blue Shadows The Shadows 2:19
  84. 3 Fandango The Shadows 2:22
  85. 4 Tonight [From West Side Story] The Shadows 2:19
  86. 5 That's the Way It Goes The Shadows 1:54
  87. 6 Big 'B' The Shadows 3:36
  88. 7 In the Mood The Shadows 2:15
  89. 8 The Lonely Bull The Shadows 2:21
  90. 9 Dakota The Shadows 2:4
  91. 10 French Dressing The Shadows 2:32
  92. 11 The High and the Mighty The Shadows 2:28
  93. 12 Don't It Make You Feel Good The Shadows 2:23
  94. 13 Zambesi The Shadows 2:32
  95. 14 Temptation The Shadows 2:6
  96. 15 Walkin' The Shadows 2:44
  97. 16 Rhythm and Greens The Shadows 2:19
  98. 17 Ranka Chank The Shadows 2:0
  99. 18 Main Theme The Shadows 2:15
  100. 19 The Drum Number The Shadows 1:53
  101. 20 The Lute Number The Shadows 1:53
  102. 1 The Miracle The Shadows 2:37
  103. 2 Genie with the Light Brown Lamp The Shadows 2:38
  104. 3 Little Princess The Shadows 3:12
  105. 4 Friends The Shadows 2:22
  106. 5 Evening Comes The Shadows 2:42
  107. 6 Mary Anne The Shadows 2:23
  108. 7 Chu Chi The Shadows 2:29
  109. 8 Stringray The Shadows 2:32
  110. 9 Alice in Sunderland The Shadows 2:35
  111. 10 Don't Make My Baby Blue The Shadows 2:10
  112. 11 My Grandfather's Clock The Shadows 2:40
  113. 12 The War Lord The Shadows 2:14
  114. 13 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Arthur The Shadows 2:29
  115. 14 I Met a Girl The Shadows 2:13
  116. 15 Late Night Set The Shadows 2:3
  117. 16 A Place in the Sun The Shadows 2:11
  118. 17 Will You Be There The Shadows 2:18
  119. 18 The Dreams I Dream The Shadows 2:13
  120. 19 Scotch on the Socks The Shadows 2:15
  121. 20 My Way The Shadows 2:18

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