- Audio CD (16 Sept. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 6
- Format: Box set
- Label: PLG UK Catalog
- ASIN: B00E3S580C
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Early Years: 1959-1966 Box set
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
If you want one Shadows collection, then this is the one to have.
Excellent price, good sleeve notes and comprehensive.
A delighted french Shads addict who at last found its treasure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favourite group from day one and still are very good value for the price thanks.Published 7 months ago by DEL BOY
This album lived up to all my expectations the music sounds just as great now as it did all those years ago.Published 8 months ago by Tony Papworth
I am aware that all the track and albums on this set were all released originally in Mono
so why don't they let us hear them as they should sound. Read more
recording output is inferior , copared to the original " early years " from the 90' .
the original has a much much more full sound. Read more
Great buy,pity the stereo versions and mono versions of the albums weren't available on all tracks (being V greedy)Published 15 months ago by Mr. R. Underwood