Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
12:19 PM 7th November 2020

Dreamboats & Petticoats Presents: The Shadows - The First 60 Years (Decca)

Spread over two CDs, this new compilation brings together all The Shadows hits that you remember - plus there is a twist in the tale, as they also cover some other tracks that you might not associate with the group.

The band were really the first to pioneer the use of two guitars in a band, influencing along the way guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Brian May and Mark Knopfler.

The album opens up with the track everyone associates with The Shadows - 'Apache'. 'Theme For Young Lovers', 'Man of Mystery', 'FBI' and 'Kon-Tiki' are all here along with 'Foot Tapper', from the film Summer Holiday.

The group actually represented the U.K. in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975 with 'Let Me Be The One' (they came second), but surprisingly the track is not included here.

They must like The Police as they cover 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' and 'Every Breath You Take'. 'Moonlight Shadow' works well as does Dire Straits' 'Walk of Life'.

The Foreigner 1984 hit 'I Want To Know What Love Is' is soothingly recreated and Bruce Springsteen’s 'Dancing In The Dark' is given a new lease of life.

There have been many compilations of The Shadows hits over the years however this new collection brings together old and new tracks from this pioneering British group.

I rate the album 4 out of 5