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The Sound Of The Shadows

The Sound Of The Shadows

7 Jul 1997
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  • Original Release Date: 7 July 1997
  • Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 1997 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 36:41
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  • ASIN: B001J48DKK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,607 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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I am giving my age away when I say that I bought the original vinyl LP of Sound of the Shadows when it first came out. I think now that it was the last of the "old style" Shadows albums. Their later albums tended to involve much more experimenting with different guitar sounds with more multi tracking and other recording gimmicks.

Sound of the Shadows has a light touch with effects. Double tracking is used mainly for harmony guitar and is used sparingly. Thus 90% or more of what you hear on this album is the actual sound of the Shadows.

Another advantage of using simpler recording techniques is a purer drum sound, not the over amplified and electronically enhanced sound of today's drum recordings. The older recordings left the drummer with nowhere to hide, so he had to be good.

Not a problem when your drummer is the immaculate and inventive Brian Bennett. By the time he joined the Shadows in 1961 he already seemed like the finished article but as time went on he just got better and better. He really was the best in the business. The clean cymbal sound at the start of Brazil shows him starting as he means to go on.

The other superb anchor man for the Shadows at that time was bassist John Rostill. He was greatly helped by the solid bass sound he produced - each note a clean, crisp thump allowing maximum articulation of some great bass lines.

This album also shows off the excellent rhythm guitar work of Bruce Welch. Check out the exotic chords and complex changes in the Latin numbers.

But, as ever, we come back to the main man - Hank Marvin - the poet of the electric guitar. This description applies to him in so many tracks, where his subtle touch is virtually unique in guitar playing.
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Wonderful music to listen to in a top down convertible with bright sunshine and blue skys of Florida overhead. Their version of Brazil is haunting, while "A little bitty tear let me down" brings nostalic lumps to the throat and reminiscience of listening to Country Western when you were young, enjoying it, but feeling a bit guilty about listening. All the performances were so good, even my Black Labrador got excited when I played the music in the house, relating it to the great feeling of top down cruising. She never did that with Beatles music!
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