Sunday, 16 September 2012

Sunday Special: S is for... Shadows!

The Shadows were once one of the most influential bands of their time. Frequently referred to as 'The Shads', they had many charted singles, both with and without Cliff Richard. 

George Harrison from The Beatles once said "without Shadows there would be no Beatles" and John Lennon has been known to have said "before Cliff and The Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music".

I've only just really started listening to The Shadows a lot, but I'm hooked. As a huge Beatles fan, I find it really easy to see where the influences have come from and can totally appreciate the great music that The Shadows made. 

I'm a huge sucker for music from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies and always will be. I feel that almost every musician from around that time had true talent. There wasn't the auto-tuned, electronic sound to it like the music we have today does, it always sounds so true and fresh and you can hear the pure talent.
If I could go back and visit any time in history, it would be a time from those three decades without a shadow of a doubt, not only for the amazing music but for the great fashion too!

Here's a Shadows track, probably one of the most well-known instrumentals the band ever did. It's also currently on a sausage advert here in the UK.

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