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The Shadows - The Early Years 1959-1966 - 6 CD Set Vol. 2 1961 - 1962dotdotdot
artworkThere are some rare delights on this disc from this comprehensive set. rarities and hits alike, year by year. Shadows fans should have the whole thing!
Picks: See You In My Drums, Find Me A Golden Street, Theme From A Filleted Place, My Resistance Is Low, Big Boy, The Savage

Track by Track Review


36-24-36 dotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

Dream on Bubba... with a meaningless track like this, you'll only see that kinda figure in your imagination, or on the pages of that mag you subscribe to in lieu of having a life. This is definitely NOT music to GET the girls by.

Shadoogie dot
Shadows (Instrumental)

"Shadoogie" is a guitar boogie of the first order. Bouncy and fun with no real direction. Well delivered and spirited, but without a solid sense of melody, it's just about rhythm and jam-twang, and very derivative.

Blue Star dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a lovely, shimmering version of this TV theme. While it's very romantic and pretty, it doesn't stand out among the may versions recorded in the period.

Nivram dotdotdot
Shadows MOR (Instrumental)

Hank Marvin's namesake "Nivram" is played in a soft jazz style, with delicate and precision guitar and subdued backing. Playful and bouncy, it's on the MOR side of the house.

See You In My Drums dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A minimal guitar riff allows the drummer to carry on. The drumming is very nice, even interesting, but not of the caliber of Sandy Nelson or Cozy Cole. "See You In My Drums" is better than many drum solo records, but not great.

Stand Up And Say That dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Stand Up And Say That" is a decent piano instro with a nifty riff and quite a bit of relaxed spunk. Not rockin' like B. Bumble and the Stingers, but modestly interesting anyway.

Find Me A Golden Street dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very pretty cover of the Fireballs' "Find Me A Golden Street" that invites you to gave quietly at a peaceful lagoon. Very very nice.

Theme From A Filleted Place dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Theme From A Filleted Place" is a delicate guitar duet with some really nice playing. It's gentle and light weight, but really nice. The duet is very attractive, as is the occasional country rhythm.

My Resistance Is Low dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Deep twang like early Shadows instros, with chamber reverb and delay to create a sense of loud. Nicer than many, though it's really a fairly gentle track, and there's either an edit or pulled note about half way through.

Sleep Walk dotdot
Shadows MOR (Instrumental)

This is an extremely fluffy version of "Sleepwalk." The lap steel is simulated with variations to the volume peddle. Way too light weight for me.

Big Boy dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Gooffin' cowboy rhythm and light weight spunk run beneath a fun riff. The melody sounds inspired by "Bonanza" at times. "Big Boy" is a darn cool track.

The Savage dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

With a melody closer to "Music To Watch the Girls By" than the savage title would suggest, this slightly aggressive track is a cut above the usual MOR fair from these guys. The tom-tom intro is sorta tribal, and the trotting rhythm track is sorta outdoorsy, but otherwise, it's pretty tame compared to the edge you'd expect from the name.

Peace Pipe dotdot
MOR Noodling (Instrumental)

Slow MOR noodling. Too pretty and tepid for words. Boring.

Wonderful Land dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Melodic MOR for those afraid of the power of the guitar. The orchestral accompaniment relegates it to the fair propagated on the Safeway (supermarket chain) Network. If you are a Shadows fan, I'm sure you disagreed. Most that I have talked to think of this as one of their best. I just don't see it.

Stars Fell On Stockton dotdot
MOR Country Noodling (Instrumental)

Likely not titled for California's Central Valley town, though it does sport a certain cowtown feel. "Stars Fell On Stockton" is an MOR track with whistling and soft tones. It's god a nice enough melody, but of the sort that the K-mart radio network likes.