Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Unforgettable Music Machine - Plays The Music Of The Shadowsdotdot
artworkThis "band" is a shadows tribute (clone) that only covers the Shadows. Their sound is generally smoother on the earlier material, but also not really very interesting most of the time.
Picks: Dance On, Man Of Mystery, The Frightened City, Cantina [Theme From "The Dearhunter"], Genie With The Light Brown Lamp, Guitar Tango, The Savage, The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt, Mary Anne, Kon Tiki, Apache, Atlantis, FBI, Foot Tapper, Geronimo, Shindig, Wonderful Land, Theme From "Young Lovers", 36-24-36, The Stranger

Track by Track Review


Dance On dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

This is an amazing credible version of this oft' covered Shadows classic. True to the source, it rolls with a melodic twang.

Man Of Mystery dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Mighty accurate cover, well played and nicely balanced. Ultra twang and whammy.

The Frightened City dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Pretty close to the original, just a bit less edgie and smoother. Adequate twang, and smooth delivery.

Cantina [Theme From "The Dearhunter"] dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Fluffy instro themery, with that Hank Marvin tone.

Genie With The Light Brown Lamp dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

An almost surf beat behind this otherwise true to life cover gives it an interesting lilt.

Guitar Tango dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Herky jerky stylized semi military tango, less intense than the Shadows (or the Challengers for that matter), but quite listenable.

The Savage dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The drums are cool here, bringing the rhythm out more. With toned down lead attack, "The Savage" puts on a fresh face and strays from the just another cover graveyard of forgotten variations.

The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The original wasn't a surf tune, but it did inspire Paul Johnson and the Challengers to cover it. This is smooth and fluid. The effect of the percussion is lessened, giving it a smoother sound.

Mary Anne dotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Slow and moderately elevator...

Kon Tiki dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

"Kon Tiki" is well played, but just too close to the original to be worth considering.

Apache dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The odd use of drums in a non-Indian fashion gives the opening an almost silly feel. The flair of the guitar in the original is replaced with a soft tone.

Atlantis dotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

"Atlantis" is pretty close to the original, but different enough to take it into a different neighborhood, more MOR and less rock.

FBI dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Tributary rock and roll delivery, with a different feel from the mix with the rhythm guitar placed where it stands out, and the lead toned down some. Nice.

Foot Tapper dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

More like a toned down cover of the Challengers cover than of the Shadows, this echoplex dominated piece is playful and fun.

Geronimo dotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The fake horn keyboards suck, but otherwise, this is a well played clean cover.

Shindig dotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Kind of a faceless cover.

Wonderful Land dotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Another identity free cover, with no particular coolness.

Theme From "Young Lovers" dotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Almost Lawrence Welk-like in its tonality. Rounder than the Shadows.

36-24-36 dot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Nope, can't get behind this at all. But then, I didn't like the original either.

The Stranger dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

With the edges rounded off, this seems to be more fluid than the original, though the bass tone is annoying.