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The Shadows - Surfing With The Shadowsdotdotdot
artworkThis album was my introduction to the Shadows. Perhaps my disappointment at the mislabeling of this as a surf record by Atlantic is why I don't particularly find the Shadows very interesting to this day. In any event, this is a good disc, just no surf in sight, despite the title. This is post Jet Harris-Tony Meehan Shadows.
Picks: Dance On, The Stranger, Man Of Mystery, The Rumble, Kon Tiki, The Frightened City, F.B.I., 1861, Atlantis

Track by Track Review


Dance On dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

This is the other really cool track on this CD, and was also well done by the Challengers. It has a great melody line, and is infectious, the sort of thing you can really dig while cruising down PCH with the top down.

The Stranger dotdotdot
Euro Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Spaghetti Western-esq tune with a cool melody and a gentle energy.

Man Of Mystery dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Intense sounding lead and a simple progression. It's nice enough, but so what. OK, so I enjoy it. It's just not very intriguing.

The Rumble dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is NOT the Link Wray tune. It is a nice rock instro number, though the promise of it's tribal toms is not lived up to by the guitar playing. It's a little too happy for the subject at hand. If it were named "Frat Party At Oxford," it would be better. A good simple melody line and a bit of guitar crunch.

Kon Tiki dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

This is the closest they got to surf. It has an Adventures In Paradise melody structure, but paced a bit faster than that classic TV theme.

The Frightened City dotdotdot
Euro Whammy (Instrumental)

"The Frightened City" is a jerky tune with maximum whammy action. It's ominous and gentle too. Intense tone without quite getting in your face.

F.B.I. dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is more like it, not that it's a killer tune or anything, but after some of the MOR podunk these guys have produced, it is a pleasant change to hear an actual rock instro. A simple progression / melody played mostly on the low-E over a light weight bed. It doesn't seem to suggest the title organization, either from the red-white-and-blue they're the best point point of view or the J. Edgar Hoover abused his power and set up his enemies point of view.

1861 dotdotdot
Euro Rock (Instrumental)

"1861" is a nifty little number with a catchy melody line and solid rhythms. It's pretty cool.

Atlantis dot
Euro (Instrumental)

The strings ruin what might have been a good track.