The Shadows - The Final Tour (UK-import) (DVD)

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The Shadows have gotten a magnificent sendoff with this concert DVD from their final tour, undertaken in 2004 and featuring Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, and Brian Bennett, supported by Mark Griffiths on bass and Cliff Hall on keyboards. The DVD comes complete with an unusually full accompanying booklet, which is a hint of the care that went into the production; the disc itself is mastered with incredibly full, rich sound, starting with their opening number, "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," and everything else about this DVD is up to that standard. Indeed, it's all almost too perfect, Marvin and Welch having achieved such crystalline purity on their instruments that live and studio performances seem to become interchangeable. Filmed at the Cardiff Indoor Arena in Wales, the bandmembers look like they're having the time of their lives, and Hank Marvin -- in his 47th year in music -- confirms this good feeling. Marvin and the others approach music that they've played for decades without a trace of rote playing or any other laxness, but with an elegance in the resulting sound (especially on "Peace Pipe" and "Theme for Young Lovers") that it was probably difficult to achieve on-stage in, say, 1962, but they also lay into "The Savage" and similar numbers with an attack that's lost none of its piercing power. They do a total of 41 numbers, all building up to "Apache." Welch has the honor of introducing one of their few vocal hits, "Let Me Be the One," and Marvin acquits himself extremely well vocally on "Lady of the Morning" and "The Day I Met Marie," and also puts the Fender Stratocaster aside for an acoustic guitar on "My Home Town" and "Guitar Tango." Meanwhile, Welch picks up the acoustic guitar for "Geronimo," "Sleepwalk," and a handful of other tunes. Other vocal numbers shared by the members include "Gee Whiz It's You," "Please Don't Tease," "In the Country," and "Summer Holiday." Bennett's featured spot, "Little B," is infinitely more subtle than most solo spots for drummers, and the finale, featuring "FBI," "Wonderful Land," and "Apache," makes for a more than suitable climax to the two-plus hour show. The other highlight of the disc is the interview supplement, in which Welch and Bennett take viewers back across their history to their school days together and their early days playing at the 2I's club, and their first sight of Cliff Richard, singing with another group. Their account is by itself almost worth the price of the disc, it's so filled with good spirits and generosity, and reminders of members who are no longer with us, including Norrie Paramor, as well as vital contributors to their success such as Ian Samwell. They even perform little bits of lost songs. The image on the interview and the concert are both mastered in a 1.85-to-1 aspect ratio, with enhancements for 16x9 widescreen monitors. The menu is easy to maneuver around, since each song gets a chapter marker. ~ Bruce Eder
Produksjonsår 2004 Format DVD
Sone Sone 2 Sjanger Musikk
Antall disker 1 Undertekster Engelsk
Artist The Shadows Bestillingsnummer 5036369815790
  1. Intro
  2. Riders In The Sky
  3. Frightened City
  4. Theme For Young Lovers
  5. Peace Pipe
  6. Savage
  7. Let Me Be The One
  8. Stranger
  9. Kon Tiki
  10. Going Home
  11. Dance On
  12. Nivram
  13. Lady Of The Morning
  14. My Home Town
  15. Guitar Tango
  16. Geronimo
  17. Sleepwalk
  18. 36 24 36
  19. Shazam
  20. Don't Cry For Me Argentina
  21. Equinox V
  22. Mountains Of The Moon
  23. Shadoogie
  24. Gonzales
  25. Don't Make My Baby Blue
  26. Rise And Fall Of Fingle Bunt
  27. Atlantis
  28. Shindig
  29. Man Of Mystery
  30. Foot Tapper
  31. Please Don't Tease
  32. In The Country
  33. I Could Easily Fall
  34. Day I Met Marie
  35. Gee Whiz It's You
  36. Summer Holiday
  37. Bachelor Boy
  38. Little B
  39. Deer Hunter
  40. Wonderful Land
  41. FBI
  42. Apache