An Evening In Nivram: The Music Of The Shadows

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Even as the overcrowded field of tribute albums go, this is a pretty goofy and arcane take on the concept. The Shadows were a popular band in Britain and much of the rest of the world, but never made a dent in the United States. Yet all of the 18 artists on this compilation, released three decades after the Shadows had passed their prime, are American. That in itself says something about just how wide niche collector fanaticism for early rock music had gotten by the end of the 20th century. Aside from Davie Allan & the Arrows and James Mankey of Concrete Blonde, none of the performers have much name recognition, though some have albums and cult reputations in the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Even as the overcrowded field of tribute albums go, this is a pretty goofy and arcane take on the concept. The Shadows were a popular band in Britain and much of the rest of the world, but never made a dent in the United States. Yet all of the 18 artists on this compilation, released three decades after the Shadows had passed their prime, are American. That in itself says something about just how wide niche collector fanaticism for early rock music had gotten by the end of the 20th century. Aside from Davie Allan & the Arrows and James Mankey of Concrete Blonde, none of the performers have much name recognition, though some have albums and cult reputations in the indie world, like Teisco del Rey, the Boss Martians, and the Aqua Velvets. But all sociological hand-wringing aside, this is actually a pretty decent collection of Shadows covers, mixing some of their biggest British hits "Apache," "Atlantis," "Man of Mystery," "The Savage," "Theme for Young Lovers," "The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt" with cuts taken from Shadows B-sides, EPs, and LPs and in one case, even a rare solo release by Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin. That works to the compilers' advantage, since a problem inherent to so many tribute anthologies is the inevitable unfavorable comparison with the originals. In this case, you'd be very hard-pressed to find many Americans who even know the original hit versions, and there must be very very few Americans indeed who would be familiar with the originals of all of the songs here. To give you an idea of how un-clich├ęd some of the track selection is, just six of the tunes also appear on the only well-distributed American Shadows greatest-hits CD, the 23-cut Shadows Are Go! This makes it difficult to compare versions with the originals, yes, but even so, the music is enjoyably haunting, meticulous early- to mid-'60s-style instrumental rock, blending growling spy soundtrack music, surf, country & western, and Duane Eddy twang with one vocal number, "Don't It Make You Feel Good," performed by the Boss Martians. Should a CD of the originals be available for side by side comparison, the Shadows' originals would naturally still be preferable. But this is a well done tribute, particularly considering that it really is hard at least in the U.S. to hear and collect the source material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/1997
  • Label: Musick Recordings
  • UPC: 612645000422
  • Catalog Number: 4

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Theme (2:01)
  2. 2 Apache - The Falcons (3:04)
  3. 3 Gonzales (2:23)
  4. 4 Atlantis (2:49)
  5. 5 Man of Mystery (2:54)
  6. 6 The Savage (2:13)
  7. 7 Don't It Make You Feel Good (2:23)
  8. 8 The Lute Number - Troubadours (1:58)
  9. 9 Evening Comes - The Alohas (2:47)
  10. 10 Tomorrow's Cancelled (3:10)
  11. 11 Tales of a Raggy Tramline (2:50)
  12. 12 Maroc 7 - The Travelers Of Tyme (2:35)
  13. 13 The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt - Satan's Pilgrims (2:47)
  14. 14 Zambesi - The Deoras (3:28)
  15. 15 Theme for Young Lovers (2:35)
  16. 16 Back Home - James Mankey (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aqua Velvets Track Performer
Teisco del Rey Track Performer
Boss Martians Track Performer
Davie Allan & The Arrows Track Performer
Huntington Cads Track Performer
Tiki Tones Track Performer
Fathoms Track Performer
Omega Men Track Performer
Space Cossacks Track Performer
Troubadours Track Performer
Technical Credits
Peter Humphreys Mastering
Bruce Welch Liner Notes
Ivan Pongracic Jr. Liner Notes
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