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Shadows Are Go

The ShadowsAudio CD
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listen20. The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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The Shadows are a British pop group with a total of 69 UK hit-charted singles: 35 as 'The Shadows' and 34 as 'Cliff Richard and The Shadows', from the 1950s to the 2000s.
The Shadows were also successful in the British EP charts that were compiled by several different publications during the 1960s based on sales statistics from a limited number of retailers around the ... Read more in Amazon's The Shadows Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Scamp
  • ASIN: B000000IAO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO ONE HAD THE HANG OF TWANG LIKE THE SHADOWS June 4, 1999
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From the opening chords of "Apache," one of the true immortals of early-1960s instrumental rock 'n' roll, to the close of the Theme from Thunderbirds (the mid-1960s British marionette-based spy serial, produced by Gerry Anderson, which inspired both this CD's cute cover picture of Shadows figurines perched atop a red roadster, as well as its title, a spinoff from the series' feature-length THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!), SHADOWS ARE GO! is THE definitive introduction to a group whose star, amid the hoopla surrounding the British Invasion and Beatlemania, never rose in the States to anywhere near the level it had in their native England. This is a shame. For the versatile, catchy twang-laden sound of lead guitarist Hank Marvin, first honed when he and fellow Shadows served as backup band for teen idol Cliff Richard (the latter since knighted), soon influenced such undisputed world titans of rock guitar as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page, all of whom acknowledge Marvin's role in expanding their concept of what could be done with that instrument. And fans of 60s spy sagas, spaghetti Westerns, surf music, and even ska will notice, on cuts like "Man of Mystery," "Mustang," "36-24-36," and "Kon-Tiki," the pioneer source for much of the background music whose presence informed their early TV and movie memories stretching back for two generations. This twenty-three-cut selection goes a long way toward redressing the unjust neglect of a band whose work, in our brave new world of online boutiquing and Web-based discussion of our cultural influences worlwide, may yet receive its due recognition. And in a time which has seen the resurrection of numerous "retro" styles of varying degees of quality, there may be room for optimism in the end. And when you listen to this terrific collection from The Shadows, and find not a single dated cut, you, too, will see why.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Instrumental Guitar Rock! July 23, 2000
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This is one of the BEST instro albums I've bought in the last 4 years; NO small praise! Often referred to as England's version of The Ventures, these guys are not strictly speaking a "surf" band, though their tunes are VERY popular among the modern surf bands (see AN EVENING IN NIVRAM: THE MUSIC OF THE SHADOWS for an interesting comparison). Incredibly, I bought this without realizing it was a "greatest hits" collection. WOW! There's NOT a bad song on it! My faves are "Apache", "Man Of Mystery", "Kon-Tiki", "The Savage", "Guitar Tango", "Perfidia", "Atlantis", "The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt" (rarely have I heard a slow song that was just so COOL! ) and of course, "Thunderbirds Theme". In case anyone's wondering, the cover photo comes from the feature film THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!, in which the band made a guest-appearance-- as marionettes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Land November 28, 1999
By Greg O.
Format:Audio CD
This is gorgeous stuff. Rocking. Confident. Majestic. Americans, unfortunately, never got to hear the Shads in the early and mid '60s when they ruled the UK, inspiring a flood of rock 'n' roll combos in much the same way the fabled Ventures did in the U.S. On a very personal note, my wife and I made sure we played the Shadows' incomparable "Wonderful Land" as the first song at our wedding in 1993. Composer Jerry Lordan's genius combined with the absolute magic of Hank, Bruce, Tony and Jet created a gem for the ages. No wonder its original title was "Genesis." I could go on re: the rest of the instrumentals on this collection, but you get the message. "Apache" alone changed the pre-Beatles British pop world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flip Yer Durn Wig April 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Great LP.
This was the band the Beatles did NOT want to be, as they said so very often. It wasn't because the music stunk, they were just sick and tired of listening to the Shadows, who dominated European radio for years.
Their sound is distinctive, though hardly original. It was an idea shared by Dick Dale and a host of others.
In the hands of a great guitar player this setup, which highlights melody and removes the clutter of vocals and keyboards, can create miraculous things.
Check out "Midnight." A simple little thing, just a softly pumped rhythm guitar, brushed drums, and a mild bass, with a catchy melody picked over the top.
But you can't get it out of your head once you've heard it.
Is some of this junk? Yep. Some of the later stuff sounds like that garbage they play on Dragnet whenever Joe & Frank wander into a "teen hangout" looking for Timothy Leary.
The time and place to listen to this CD is in your car, on an open highway on the way to the beach. Very loud and very fast are a very fine combination.
(By the way, hunt down CDs by the best unknown band ever influenced by the Shadows, Love Tractor.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Surf Instrumentals!!! September 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
First, an aside from the great music on this CD: I could have easily picked this up purely for the fantastic cover giving salutations to Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds! The Super-Marionation pic of The Shadows hanging with Lady Penelope in her too-cool futuristic car is absolutely a work of art in itself!

As for the music, this is one of the best pop-instrumental compilations I have ever heard. While the flavor of this music is sheer California surf guitar, The Shadows hailed from Great Britain, where they were well received in the early 60s, but were later often overshadowed by sensations like The Beatles and Herman's Hermits. Similarly, music lovers here in the U.S. never took to them beyond cult popularity, which is our loss. Like The Ramones, I have great respect for The Shadows' passion and work ethic, plugging away for years, despite the constant struggle to make a big splash in the music industry; these guys kept the gig going from 1960 through 1990, which is admirable.

The tunes on this CD are some of the crispest, cleanest, most powerful surf guitar you will ever hear. Their tunes tend more toward the exotic and romantic side of this genre, staying away from the high-octane surf hits like "Miserlou" or "K-39." What keeps these slower pieces intense ---instead of mellowing--- is the crisp detail you hear in every instrument. It is not just the lead guitar stealing the show; even a casual fanboy who knows zilch about playing or reading music ---like myself--- can appreciate the bass and drums. This in itself keeps me replaying each track multiple times, always finding another beat or "twang" that I previously missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Popular Collection
You will date yourself when you mention that you like listening to the Ventures, Shadows, Jumping Jewels.Good collection of their best.This was a time when music WAS music. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Werapitiya
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering sound and surf coolness
These Brits were writing surf music years before the Ventures caught on. They really started it all... Read more
Published on February 25, 2009 by The Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome compilation with fantastic sound
This compilation really introduced me to the variety of the Shadows' sound. Many people think of them as the UK equivalent to the Ventures, and while they are very prolific, the... Read more
Published on April 3, 2008 by CJBx7
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Shadows Album of them all...
I am blown away...

I was unaware of the British group "The Shadows" until most recently while researching surf bands. Read more
Published on June 13, 2007 by Joseph Guzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This band started the whole concept of what became BritishRock'n Roll. Talk about influence everybody.They did.You'll never wantto hear The Ventures again.Wonderful insrumentals. Read more
Published on November 6, 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretencious, Elvis wannabe`s
Well what have we here? Hank Marvins extremely unoriginal, over use of the tremelo arm and some equally unoriginal songs. What else is there to say? except ****!!!!
Published on September 2, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Hank Marvin and the Shadows at thier best
This CD really put me right back in high school in Kaiserslautern Germany. I can see the local bands trying to "Marvinize" their guitars and will never understand while... Read more
Published on October 12, 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Shadows sound
This quality recording presents the standard Shadows' tracks from the 60's. It contains a good mix of up-tempo and easy-listening instrumental tracks with the unmistakable... Read more
Published on September 8, 1998
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