Shades Of Rock - The Shadows / EMI Audio CD 1999 Stereo / 724352013326
Shades Of Rock - The Shadows / EMI Audio CD 1999 Stereo
Shades of Rock is the eighth rock album by British instrumental (and sometimes vocal) group The Shadows, released in 1970 through Columbia (EMI).
|4||Johnny B. Goode|
|6||(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction|
||River Deep, Mountain High|
|12||What'd I Say|
A temporary and partial reunion convened a year or so after the Shadows late 1960s break-up, Shades Of Rock pairs band regulars Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett with keyboard player Alan Hawkshaw and a revolving door full of session bassists - Herbie Flowers, John Rostill and Brian Hodges among them.
The choice of material is interesting. The late 1960s saw any number of British rock bands rediscovering the hits of the original rock'n'roll era - John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band debuted live with a set full of Chuck Berry and the like, the Who were gleefully pillaging the Eddie Cochran songbook, the Rolling Stones had returned to blues'n'Berry basics. Now the Shadows were throwing their weight into the revival, eschewing their own writing abilities in favor of the resuscitated "Lucille," "Bony Moronie" and "Memphis Tennessee" (among others), then restructuring a host of more recent classics to similar basics.
The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" is reborn as a seething Bo Diddley beat, for one of the Shadows' most remarkable reinventions ever; versions of further Fabs favorites "Get Back" and "Something" are less immediately revolutionary, but repay close listens. There's also a mountainous version of "River Deep, Mountain High," dignified by some truly Himalayan percussion.
The Stones' "Satisfaction," CCR's "Proud Mary" and a spookily organ led "What'd I Say" add to the fun; in fact, with a track listing like this, and wrapped up in a sleeve portrait of a leather-clad motorbiker, you could almost believe Shadows Of Rock was going to emerge a brutal battering of the first order.
But of course, the overall mood remains as politely well-mannered as every later Shadows release, the kind of album which is better targeted towards middle-aged hipsters than cutting edge kiddies. And even at its grittiest, the rock does indeed remain in the shades
About the Artists:
The Shadows (originally known as the Drifters) were an English instrumental rock group. They were Cliff Richard's backing band from 1958 to 1968 and on numerous reunion tours. The Shadows have placed 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to the Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK beat-group boom, were the first backing band to emerge as stars. As pioneers of the four-member instrumental format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. Their range covers pop, rock, surf rock and ballads with a jazz influence.
The core members from 1958 to 2015 were Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch. Along with the Fender guitar, another cornerstone of the Shadows sound was the Vox amplifier. The Shadows, with Cliff Richard, dominated British popular music in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the years before the Beatles. The Shadows' number one hits included "Apache", "Kon-Tiki", "Wonderful Land", "Foot Tapper" and "Dance On!". They disbanded in 1968, but reunited in the 1970s for further commercial success.
The Shadows are the fourth most successful act in the UK singles chart, behind Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Cliff Richard. The Shadows and Cliff Richard & the Shadows each have had four No. 1 selling EPs.
- Producer [An Np Production] – Peter Vince
From the LP Shades of Rock, recorded in October 1970. Bruce Welch had left the group back in 1968 and was "Replaced" by Organist Alan Hawkshaw [ Now a famous composer eg Countdown, Grange Hill, Dave Allen at large and still remains friends with The Shads. Hank Marvin [Guitar] Brian Bennett [Drume].The bass player is unknown on Shads of Rock, Dave Richmond, Brian Hodges, Herbie Flowers [ex Blue Mink and Sky], John Rostill and Alan Jones are said to be on the sessions but who played on what track is said to be unknown.
The Shadows - ...From the LP Shades of Rock, recorded in October 1970. Bruce W...
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