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The Early Years: 1959-1966 Box set

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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: PLG UK Catalog
  • ASIN: B00E3S580C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 6CD collection includes every studio title recorded by the group from their very first efforts in early 1959, right up to the very end of 1966. It features 31 tracks in mono not previously available on CD & 3 tracks which are released in stereo for the very first time.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2013
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Originally released in 1991, this expanded edition boasts considerable extra value - over 30 mono tracks available on CD for the first time as well as a number of stereo tracks previously only available in mono, such as FBI (whose stereo master tape was only rediscovered in 2008).

Containing everything recorded by the group during 1959 - 1966, this means that all of the big hits are present and correct - Apache, Man of Mystery, FBI, Wonderful Land, Dance On, Foot Tapper, Atlantis, amongst many others.

But the major joy of this release is coming across less well-known gems. With 185 tracks across 6 CDs there's plenty to discover - some of their later recordings, such as A Place in the Sun and The Dreams I Dream were new to me and they are quality recordings which show the group in a slightly different light.

The CD comes with a well-illustrated booklet which contains an extensive essay by John Tobler from the original release in 1991. This is then followed by an addendum which lists the additions to the 2013 re-issue. There are also full track credits, which list exactly where each track was sourced from - single, album, ep, etc.

Retailing at around the £12.00 mark for 6 CDs, this is incredible value for money. Housed in a jewel case, it isn't the most lavish looking product from the outside (and the front cover doesn't do it much favours, as it looks rather like a public domain title) but it's the content inside that's important, and The Shadows - The Early Years is a quality package containing everything recorded during the peak years of one the UK's most influential groups.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By wolfers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2013
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Great to own this new expanded set incl.Sound of the Shadows in mono for the first time on cd.Great to also have ALL the Thunderbird ep tracks in stereo. This makes a great companion to the A & B sides 4disc set which means that now that the all important period in the Shads career (1959/66) is covered, what with this new set including all the ep, s too.And at a bargain price.I had a mammoth session listening to all 6 discs...LOUD.So ive either annoyed or entertained my neighbours today.Haha.A shame it only came jewel cased instead of boxed like the earlier issue. ..but hey at this price who, s bothered, its the music that matters.Top notch remasters also.
CD Firsts
Thunderbirds tracks all stereo
FBI...orig.newly discovered stereo master take
2 tracks from Dance With in stereo for the first time
Only minor negative ...South Africa (1962)live tracks not included
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shadows Fan on 19 Oct. 2013
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I bought this expanded version having bought the original box set many years ago. This new expanded version delivers exactly what it claims on the box. Everything The Shadows recorded from 1859-1966 for Columbia / EMI is present and correct in the best audio quality. Many of the tracks are presented in Stereo for the first time. F.B.I in particular sounds amazing in true Stereo rather than the 'mock' electronically reprocessed 'Stereo' that has been available since their 'Greatest Hits' release of 1963. At this price I would thoroughly recommend this release even to the casual Shadows fan. These are the master recordings from EMI and not just a cheap cash in as many of the now out of copyright releases from bootleg type suppliers are not.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. Reid on 30 Nov. 2013
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I grew up listening to The Shadows, and now at 63 I am learning to play guitar, so being able to play along with such wonderful tunes is brilliant.
If you want one Shadows collection, then this is the one to have.
Excellent price, good sleeve notes and comprehensive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. W. LLOYD on 21 Feb. 2014
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The Shadows were Britain's greatest group, consummate professionals who not only backed Cliff Richard but also made some of the greatest instrumental recordings ever on their own account. They inspired more than one generation of guitar players and were undoubtedly responsible for the popularity of the Fender Stratocaster guitar in the UK. Shadows material has been re-issued constantly on cassette and CD but often in dribs and drabs, with items missing or transferred to other records,etc. This 6-CD set covers "their complete studio recordings 1959 - 1966." And indeed it does - singles A and B sides, EPs and LPs and Shadows-only tracks from Cliff's recordings, particularly film-related material. This is the first time that all this material has been made available in strict chronological order in one collection and it renders unnecessary at a stroke a whole lot of compilations and reissues, etc. It also covers the golden years of the Shads output, so it's superb music. It's the soundtrack to my life (and many other people's too!) and the price is amazingly low. It's a fully-legal edition, with appropriate royalties paid, as well - nothing bootleg or dodgy about it. Don't know how I managed without it all these years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Stok on 10 Jan. 2014
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This is a collection of music that brought tears to an old fan's eyes. This catalogue of songs shows the progression, development and experimentation that made the Shads great. It is a worthy replacement for all the early albums. It is worth every cent, penny or whatever currency you use.
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Some fantastic melodies on here and never heard before as well as the best loved tracks of the past. Greatly enjoyed and will keep as a momento of those icononic times. (the sixties)
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