Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Before The Shadowsdotdotdot
artworkThis collection of early Cliff Richard material with The Drifters, the bands that would become The Shadows, has a handful of instros that are much less Shadows-like and more rock oriented than The Shadows later work.
Picks: The Drifters - Driftin', Jet Black, Jet Black, Driftin', Chinchilla

Track by Track Review


Driftin' dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A fast romping country beat and a fine tremolo melody line prance along. Verging on western, this trembling charmer is very nice. The calls and screams are unnecessary, but don't detract. Excellent!

Jet Black dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Tango after dark... "Jet Black" is a fun little number with a goofy rhythm and noodling melody line. A nifty drum break or two, and calls of "jet black" make for exotic pop rock listening. Pretty fun!

Jet Black dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This live recording of the tango-based "Jet Black" is a fun track with a goofy rhythm and noodling melody line. A nifty drum break or two, and calls of "jet black" make for exotic pop rock listening. Pretty fun!

Driftin' dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A catchy melody line and country rhythm provide serious fun. A fast romping country beat and a fine tremolo melody line prance along. Verging on western, this trembling charmer is very nice. Tremolo throb delivers an interesting song, especially when you realize that melody is virtually identical Dave Myers and the Surftones catchy "Aquavelva." It's unlikely that Dave heard this (it's from 1959 and wasn't issued in the States), yet the parallel is uncanny. It's nothing like Dave's song of the same title.

Chinchilla dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Muted chamber echoed guitar and plinky piano play lightly with the melody theme. "Chinchilla" is just barely in the rock'n'roll arena, living much more squarely in middle of the road territory where pop rules and easy listening was born. Light, but fun.