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VINE VOICEon 20 February 2010
The Shadows are my favourite group, and Hank B. Marvin is one of my favourite guitarists. Nevertheless, I think he let standards slip with this set. There is nothing wrong technically with it. He plays every note perfectly, as he has so many times before with many of these songs, and the band is made up of excellent musicians, including his son Ben and Shadows Drummer Brian Bennett's son Warren (on keyboards). The production is also clear, in fact it's almost too clinical, and despite this being a live set, you don't really get a sense of that except in the banter between songs and the applause.

The songs are a collection of work from Hank's recent albums and from his days with the Shadows (and Cliff & the Shadows). There is nothing really new here, which is where it disappoints. If you have the studio vrsions of these songs, you may enjoy listening to them again, in a different order, with applause in between, but I would say that you really had to be there (or perhaps watch the DVD) to enjoy the live aspect of this.

Having said that, the opening song, Live And Let Die (from Wings's James Bond Theme) is a very faithful arrangement and Hank's beautiful guitar carries the melody as well as McCartney's voice. No part of the excitement is lost, and Bennett works well on the keyboards to replicate some of the orchestral sounds.

Devil Woman, Summer Holiday, Foot Tapper and Living Doll follow, and these pretty much seem like going through the paces for Hank. The Shads numbers are let down slightly by the absence of Bruce Welch on rhythm guitar. A frenetic version of Pipeline follows, with a rock 'n' roll medley of Lucille, Rip It Up, and Blue Suede Shoes following. This is OK, but the three part harmonies don't really work. More Shadows songs follow, then the thoughtful, different arrangement of Eleanor Rigby from his acoustic 'Guitar Player' album. Great stuff, but I already bought it! Mystery Train is probably the stand out track of the album. A skiffle version of the song, performed with train whistle sounds and a great vocal from Hank that almost redeems the whole album!

In fairness, there is nothing actually wrong with this product, but I would have liked to have heard some more vocals such as The Day I Met Marie, and perhaps his hit Don't Talk, or music from his first four solo albums. Worth buying, only if you don't already have it all on other discs.
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