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The Echoes - When Guitars Ruled; A Tribute To The Shadowsdotdotdot
artworkThere must be a hundred Shadows clone bands out there, most of which are dismissible. This one is a little different. There is some reverb on the echoed lead guitar, and the full bodied sound is bigger than most, and in some cases, the subtle variations on the arrangements take the songs out of the copy mold. This is a recording of a reunion of an early sixties band from New Jersey, which in itself is an oddity, given how rarely the Shadows made it onto radio in the US.
Picks: Shadoogie, The Savage, Atlantis, Dance On, Geronimo, Peace Pipe, Theme For Young Lovers, Apache, Wonderful Land, F.B.I. / And The Boys, The Stranger, Genie With the Light Brown Bottle, Round And Round, Chattanooga Choo Choo, The Frightened City, The Lost City, Foot Tapper, Theme From 'The Deerhunter'

Track by Track Review

Shadoogie dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

A fired up twangfest version of the classic Shadows tune. Bouncy and fun.

The Savage dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Very nicely done, and relatively true to the sounds of the Shadows.

Atlantis dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

This is a very tasteful version of the Shadows "Atlantis." Nothing new, just pretty.

Dance On dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

On of my favorite Shadows tunes, this is a solid cover, and lies somewhere between the Shadows original and the Challengers' cover. Great fun.

Geronimo dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

A solid cover, with a very tight sound and excellent playing. maybe more interesting than the Shadows' original.

Peace Pipe dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

This song is soft and fluid, with a sense of sadness, but no "Indian" sounds. MOR slushy, and very pretty.

Theme For Young Lovers dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Pretty for a sock hop, and a nice backdrop to a refined party. The melody is very good, but it's just too much like the Shadows.

Apache dotdotdot
Shadows Surf (Instrumental)

Deep digital reverb is added to the echo to create a much deeper sound than the Shadows used. I think I like this much more. It verges on surf, and an sports excellent performance.

Wonderful Land dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

This often covered Shadows tune is very well done here, but there's nothing particularly original.

F.B.I. / And The Boys dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

This merger of two plucky Shadows numbers in well done, and made interesting by the rhythms.

The Stranger dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

This spaghetti western-ish tune is very well done here, and despite its obvious borrowings from the original, "The Stranger" is infectious and rich. A fine cover.

Genie With the Light Brown Bottle dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

A great bouncy drum beat takes "Genie With the Light Brown Bottle" into the rock arena, and it's infectious energy makes it quite enjoyable. Really fun, and very well cut.

Round And Round dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Infectious rockin' energy and catchy riffs, with lots of spunk and excellent playing. The melody is not catchy, but the rhythmic nature f the track works really well.

Chattanooga Choo Choo dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Big band standard translated into Shadowdom, then twanged up. OK, but nothing special.

The Frightened City dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The dissonant edge of the guitar lines of this song have always been moody and magnetic. While there's nothing new going on here, it's quite a well cut track.

The Lost City dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Chorded bigness and rich guitar tone, but the song just isn't all that catchy, and the arrangement is not inventive.

Foot Tapper dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

This is one of a handful of Shadows tunes with such a catchy melody line that it was picked up by some surf bands. This is on par with the Shadows original and the Challengers' cover.

Theme From 'The Deerhunter' dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Slow and softly moody, and very pretty. Rich tone and spatial sound give it an edge.