The Shadows

Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

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A superior alternative to the Shadows' U.K. More Hits album, Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 drops six tracks, including the lesser excerpts from the Rhythm and Greens EP, in favor of a more characteristic blur of guitar heroics. "I Want You to Want Me," "The Breeze and I," "The Miracle," and "It's a Man's World" were all culled from local B-sides; "Round and Round" and "Les Girls" were taken from the popular Film Successes EP. The overall result is a far stronger collection than the British set, if a somewhat less representative gauge of the band's recent development -- among the absentees, the vocal hit "Mary Anne" denoted the group's own intention of not being left behind by the burgeoning beat boom. Perhaps such ambitions did not translate to their audience down under -- or maybe EMI Australia simply hoped that it was just a phase the band was passing through, and it would be business as usual sometime soon. Either way, Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 offers as narrow-minded a vision of the Shadows' middle age as any hidebound traditionalist could demand. And for that reason alone, it should be cherished.

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