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The First 20 Years at the Top

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The Shadows 4/4/2000

Review

Albums are all fine and well, but if you really want to know what made a band tick during the first half of the 1960s, you need to listen to the singles. It was singles, after all, that consumed the lion's share of the market -- singles by which a band's fame and acclaim were judged, and singles by which their star rose and fell. Three hits in a row, you were the biggest thing in the world. A flop for the fourth and you were dead meat. Most compilations today prefer to avoid this simple fact, preferring to delve into albums and archives in a desperate attempt to wrest away the last buck in the buyer's pocket. But there's still a handful that know how history is best served -- the Rolling Stones' Singles Collection and Cliff Richard's six-LP Story paramount among them -- and The First 20 Years at the Top is a worthy addition to that roll call. Three CDs compile every A-side and the majority of the B-sides the Shadows released in the U.K. between their formation in the late '50s and their departure from EMI in 1980. Programmed with strict chronology, the box paints a picture of the band that no other collection has ever managed -- and that includes the six-CD 1958-1966 box set. The set opens with the two 45s the band cut as the Drifters during 1958-1959, before they encountered a better-known American band of the same name. There, listeners hear the young rockers at their most guileless, innocent, and derivative; there, too, listeners discover that "Mary Anne," the 1965 single that introduced their singing voices to the record-buying public, was not that much of a departure after all. Both the band's first and third 45s (plus the occasional past B-side) were also unashamedly vocal numbers. Still, it was as instrumentalists (and, courtesy of Hank Marvin, guitar gods) that the Shadows made their name, and across the rest of disc one, and great swathes of the other two, their prowess is as breathtaking today as it ever was at the time. Even more rewarding is the discovery that the band's mid- to late-'70s output is often as striking as their '60s material. Having disbanded in 1969, the Shadows reformed in 1973 and, as though they'd never been away, proceeded to unleash both some startling pop ("Let Me Be the One") and some virtuosic instrumentals. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Cavatina," and even Blondie's "Heart of Glass" aren't simply executed with consummate style -- that, after all, was the Shadows' raison d'être. They also pack a passion that is undimmed from the halcyon days of "Apache" and "Wonderful Land" -- 20 years at the top indeed! ~ Dave Thompson
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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 Saturday Dance The Shadows 1:42
  7. 6 Lonesome Fella The Shadows 2:31
  8. 7 Apache The Shadows 2:54
  9. 8 Quartermaster's Stores The Shadows 2:20
  10. 9 The Stranger The Shadows 2:39
  11. 10 Man of Mystery The Shadows 1:59
  12. 11 F.B.I. The Shadows 2:18
  13. 12 Midnight The Shadows 2:29
  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 2:0
  21. 20 Stars Fell on Stockton The Shadows 2:13
  22. 21 Guitar Tango The Shadows 2:58
  23. 22 What a Lovely Tune The Shadows 2:17
  24. 23 The Boys The Shadows 2:34
  25. 24 Dance On The Shadows 2:21
  26. 25 All Day The Shadows 2:31
  27. 1 Foot Tapper The Shadows 2:32
  28. 2 The Breeze and I The Shadows 2:48
  29. 3 Atlantis The Shadows 2:45
  30. 4 I Want You to Want Me The Shadows 2:33
  31. 5 Shindig The Shadows 2:15
  32. 6 It's Been a Blue Day The Shadows 2:5
  33. 7 Geronimo The Shadows 2:18
  34. 8 Shazam! The Shadows 2:16
  35. 9 Theme for Young Lovers The Shadows 2:36
  36. 10 This Hammer The Shadows 2:56
  37. 11 The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt The Shadows 2:44
  38. 12 It's a Man's World The Shadows 2:2
  39. 13 Rhythm and Greens The Shadows 2:19
  40. 14 The Miracle The Shadows 2:37
  41. 15 Genie with the Light Brown Lamp The Shadows 2:38
  42. 16 Little Princess The Shadows 3:12
  43. 17 Mary Anne The Shadows 2:23
  44. 18 Chu Chi The Shadows 2:29
  45. 19 Stingray The Shadows 2:27
  46. 20 Alice in Sunderland The Shadows 2:35
  47. 21 Don't Make My Baby Blue The Shadows 2:10
  48. 22 My Grandfather's Clock The Shadows 2:40
  49. 23 The War Lord The Shadows 2:14
  50. 24 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Arthur The Shadows 2:29
  51. 25 I Met a Girl The Shadows 2:13
  52. 1 Late Night Set The Shadows 2:3
  53. 2 A Place in the Sun The Shadows 2:11
  54. 3 Will You Be There The Shadows 2:18
  55. 4 The Dreams I Dream The Shadows 2:13
  56. 5 Scotch on the Rocks The Shadows 2:15
  57. 6 Maroc 7 The Shadows 2:42
  58. 7 Bombay Duck The Shadows 2:6
  59. 8 Tomorrow's Cancelled The Shadows 3:3
  60. 9 Somewhere [From West Side Story] The Shadows 2:31
  61. 10 Running Out of World The Shadows 2:41
  62. 11 Dear Old Mrs Bell The Shadows 2:29
  63. 12 Trying to Forget the One You Love The Shadows 2:13
  64. 13 Slaughter on Tenth Avenue The Shadows 5:23
  65. 14 Turn Around and Touch Me The Shadows 2:52
  66. 15 Jungle Jam The Shadows 4:32
  67. 16 Let Me Be the One The Shadows 2:47
  68. 17 Run Billy Run The Shadows 3:23
  69. 18 It'll Be Me Babe The Shadows 3:13
  70. 19 Another Night The Shadows 3:23
  71. 20 Love Deluxe The Shadows 3:47
  72. 21 Don't Cry for Me Argentina The Shadows 3:29
  73. 22 Cavatina [Theme from "The DeErhunter"] The Shadows 3:23
  74. 23 En Aranjuez con Tu Amor The Shadows 3:28
  75. 24 Heart of Glass The Shadows 3:31
  76. 25 Riders in the Sky The Shadows 3:34

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