Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man/Jamboree

Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man/Jamboree

by Guadalcanal Diary


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Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man/Jamboree

Collectables combined Guadalcanal Diary's first two albums -- 1984's Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man and 1986's Jamboree, both originally released on Elektra -- for this 2003 release. The first album, produced with a small budget by Don Dixon, helped establish them as a cult group, while the second -- produced mostly by Rodney Mills, with a couple songs produced by Steve Nye -- laid the foundation for 2X4, their third and best album. While 2X4 was easily the group's apex, the two albums on this disc are hardly baby steps, and some devout fans even view them as their favorites. Though the group strikes a strong resemblance to peers R.E.M., Murray Attaway's unique songwriting is enough to make the musical similarities seem less problematic.

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Release Date: 05/27/2003
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431748626
catalogNumber: 7486

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Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man/Jamboree 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think it would ever happen. Jamboree - my favorite Guadalcanal Diary album released in CD format. I can now give the worn out cassette a decent burial. GD was a great band and deserved a better fate. The songwriting was top notch, with high energy dual guitars and the excellant drumming of John Poe. It doesn't make sense that a band like this didn't get more radio play. John Hubbard in Atlanta
Guest More than 1 year ago
The jangling Rickenbacker guitars and booming percussion and bass were the perfect background to (lead singer) Attaway's twanging, drawling, and even growling vocals. These guys were great live, and I had the pleasure of hearing and seeing them a number of times across the South in the 80's. I prefer the early works, but their watusi-rodeo sound is still clearly evident in the more polished later works. Walking in the Shadow & Jubilee represent the best of the Southern sound, predating REM, et al.