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Stranger On the Shore

Acker Bilk

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Customer Reviews

two things

released in 1961 with "Hey Jude" on it . . . . . . plus, I don't think this is the original "Stranger on the Shore" . . . . . and of course the pompous "Mister" before his name . . . . . . . not much has changed in 40 years . . . . .

Still not the one!

There are many decent versions of Stranger on the shore by Acker Bilk but the one that hit big in the 60s has a distinct sound that triggers a flood of memories in your brain. I suppose it is a Pavlov type of thing but who cares, when you hear the original it causes those memories to unlock. Imitations do not have that effect. You would think record companies would have figured it out by now. Unfortunately this is still not the one.

Only one track worth owning

Stranger on the Shore is the only track I enjoyed. The rest are 1960s elevator music on clarinet, with minimalist orchestrations.


Born: January 28, 1929 in Pensford, Somerset, England

Genre: Jazz

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

Acker Bilk — or Mr. Acker Bilk, as he was billed — has won immortality on rock oldies radio for his surprise 1962 hit "Stranger on the Shore," an evocative ballad featuring his heavily quavering low-register clarinet over a bank of strings. To the jazz world, though, he has a longer-running track record as one of the biggest stars of Britain's trad jazz boom, playing in a distinctive early New Orleans manner. After learning his instrument in the British Army, Bilk joined Ken Colyer's...
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