maart 14, 2014

The Shadows - At The Movies (1978)

The Shadows are a British pop/rock group with a total of 69 UK hit-charted singles: 35 of which are credited as The Shadows and 34 as Cliff Richard and the Shadows, from the 1950s to the 2000s. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK's beat-group boom, were the first backing band to emerge as stars in their own right. As pioneers of the four-member rock-group format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums.

 The Shadows' core members are Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett; though there have been numerous changes in the line up throughout its history. The band's unique sound was originally produced by a combination of American Fender guitars, British amplifiers made by Vox and echo units Meazzi Echomatic tape and Binson magnetic disc. The Shadows, with singer Cliff Richard, dominated the British popular music scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the five years before The Beatles. Although they lost ground in the late sixties, the band enjoyed a second spell of success and interest from the late seventies until the present day.
The Shadows are the third most successful UK charted hit-singles act behind Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard. The Shadows and Cliff Richard & the Shadows each have had four No.1 selling EPs.

This album pretty much does what it says on the tin and culls tracks from films The Shadows contributed to back in the 1960s. Opening with their 1963 Number one hit Foot Tapper from Summer Holiday we are then taken back to 1962 to sample music from the film The Boys of which The Shadows were assigned to compose music for. Side one then concludes with two instrumentals from the film Wonderful Life.

 Side two kicks off with the theme from the 1961 feature film The Frightened City before a rare vocal performance from the 1966 film Finders Keepers and then tracks from the rarely seen Shadows screen venture Rhythm N Greens.

Side A
A1.  Foot Tapper
A2.  Sweet Dreams
A3.  The Boys
A4.  The Girls
A5.  Theme From "The Boys"
A6.  Walkin'
A7.  Theme For Young Lovers

Side B
B1.  Frightened City
B2.  My Way
B3.  Main Theme
B4.  The Drum Number
B5.  Ranka-Chank
B6.  The Lute Number
B7.  Rhythm And Greens

Performer(s) – Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin, Jet Harris, Tony Meehan

A1 from film "Summer Holiday"
A2 to A5 from film "The Boys"
A6, A7 from film "Wonderful Life"
B1 from film "Frightened City"
B2 from film "Finders Keepers"
B3 to B7 from film "Rhythm And Greens"
Genre: Rock & Roll, Instrumental
© 1978 MFP Records

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