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Out with a bang
on 9 November 2004
The Shads have always been fine judges of the best way to arrange their material for a live show. They know the tunes so well that they're guaranteed to preserve all the licks that defined each piece on the original recording and embellish the rest to keep it sounding fresh. The guitar break on 'Lady of the Morning' has been brought up to date and Hank really goes to town with the flamenco twiddles on 'Guitar Tango'.
Sound quality is uniformly excellent, although the acoustic guitars are presented a little synthetically. The set list is faultless, spicing up the obligatory hits with excursions into the Marvin, Welch & Farrar repertoire and more than a few reminiscences of the days backing Cliff. Essential listening.