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The Absolutely Essential Collection Box set

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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Big 3
  • ASIN: B00M7NJWA2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

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60 timeless classic tracks from the UKs premier instrumental group featuring such hits as Apache, Wonderful Land, F.B.I and Kon-Tiki.

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This is a much better than usual Shadows compilation, and covers the hits and work that should be heard, plus some other less well known tracks well worthy of exposure, such as 'Shotgun.'
Why these compilations persist with some of the early recordings such as Driftin' and Feelin' Fine is beyond me, as they are totally unrepresentative of the later excellent Shadows work that shows why they were the most talented and greatest instrumental group of all time.
Good value for money..
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With a title like 'The Absolutely Essential...', you'd expect just that -- the be all and end all of recordings made by The Shadows, but today's market is generally flooded with the likes of this 'put together and re-issued cheaply' triple CD pack, often called a boxed set. There's glaring omissions of course, and if they took out those dreadful attempts at vocals (sorry Shads fans, but I never did like their singing!), and put those missing instrumentals in their place, perhaps even adding a 4th CD, then this effort would be more worthy of its title. Nonetheless it is still represents a fair sample of most of their hit singles, both A and B sides, with a good smattering of early LP tracks too, the ones before they waned a bit, had changes in personnel and finally left EMI's Columbia label to join Polydor. So do I detect that the outfit that put this out only had the pick of what was declared 'out of copyright'? Its nice if you want a bit of nostalgia, but not one for the keen, knowledgeable collector who will have no doubt got all these in their original form anyway.
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This is a good comprehensive collection, which includes all the hits that made the Shadows famous, as well as the earlier attempts when they were known as the Drifters and the later minor hits after they were past their main success. Some of the early vocal numbers can verge on being a bit cringe-making, but that was par for the course at the time, and also demonstrates the progress they made in a very short time. The numbers also show how Jet Harris made his mark as a bass player - his walking bass on 'Nivram' shows how far ahead of his time he was. These are the original recordings, so you can still hear the occasional blips made by the band - hardly surprising in the days when the numbers were recorded more or less live and if one player made a mistake, everyone had to start all over again! A daunting prospect by todays standards.
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Nice clear unmuffled recordings. Great tracks.
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very happy with this purchase. have brought for my partner as he is a massive shads fan 10/10
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got all there stuff great as always
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great,i have been a shadows follower all my life,and this collection rates as one of the best
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always followed the Shadows, delighted to hear some realy oldies excellent
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