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The Final Tour (Live)

The Shadows

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Album Review

So long, farewell...the Shadows had been around so long that it felt like they'd go on forever. But their tours had been growing more sporadic as the years piled up behind them and, when 2004 brought the news that they were finally closing the lid on their career, it was difficult not to shed a tear for auld lang's syne. Of course they wouldn't really be gone; almost from the moment the first CD fell off the pressing plant, the Shadows have been subject to one of the most vociferous reissue/remastering campaigns of all. All their absence would really mean was, no more "new" albums to compete with the oldies. Well, almost. There would be one more. Recorded on that final tour, to be spread across both a two-CD package and an excellent DVD, Final Tour is the last word in Shadows finery, a 42-track behemoth that effectively tells the band's entire story, from the early days of omnipotence ("Apache," "Frightened City," "Man of Mystery," through the 1970s renaissance "Let me Be the One," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Oxygene 5") and most points in between and thereafter. There's even a tip of the hat to the Man Without Whom...a clutch of Cliff Richard hits, "Summer Holiday" and "Bachelor Boy" included, turn up towards the end of the show, to remind us how the Shadows first came into our lives. Beautifully recorded and (needless to say) exquisitely played and arranged, Final Tour is the ultimate greatest-hits collection, played out before an audience that knows every chord. These drawn-out farewell recordings are normally something to avoid at all costs. But this one, like the band that recorded it, is priceless.

Customer Reviews

"Guitar Tango!"

.."Riders In The Sky!"..Great Guitar Instrumentals from the heart of the United Kingdom!-Both with and without the vocal talents of Cliff Richard: The Shadows blazed their way "Across The Pond" to claim the airwaves of Early Rock Radio!-Memorable numbers such as: "Apache" & "Sleepwalk" put The Shadows on the Charts & Jukeboxes of America!-In their own way; "Rock And Roll Originators"; The Shadows influenced so many young lads to "Pick Up That Guitar And Play!"-Young men like: George Harrison; Eric Clapton; Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page!-Cheers for their super work with Cliff Richard & Their Movie Soundtrack contibutions; Too!-"Shazam!"...by Grimmbo.

Biography

Formed: 1960

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The Shadows are usually thought of as the quintessential British instrumental group and, along with the American band the Ventures and the Swedish group the Spotnicks, one of the most popular instrumental groups in the world. But that barely tells the story of their true significance in the history of British rock & roll — including the fact that they were the first home-grown British rock & roll band to dominate the U.K. charts; or that they weren't originally an instrumental group,...
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