The Shadows

Don't Cry for Me Argentina

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Of all the myriad versions of the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Weber chest-beater to have been issued over the years, few have the visceral impact of the Shadows' 1978 instrumental rendering. Originally brought into the group's repertoire as a live showstopper, following actress/singer Julie Covington's 1976 hit version, the Shadows were finally prompted to record their own version by weight of public demand. A magnificent rearrangement and performance was cut at Abbey Road studios, with applause then being added to recapture the feel of the group's live interpretation. Originally clocking in at close to five minutes, the performance was then edited down for issue as a U.K. single immediately before Christmas. The song soared to number five, the group's first major hit since "Let Me Be the One" three years earlier; the unedited version remained unreleased until appearing on 1997's At Abbey Road rarities collection.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
String of Hits 1979 EMI Music Distribution 3:33
The First 20 Years at the Top 1995 EMI Music Distribution 3:36
1978: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
Tabak 3:38
In the Seventies 1999 EMI Digital / Parlophone 3:36
Original Gold [Disc #2] 1999 Disky 3:32
Original Chart Hits 2000 EMI Music Distribution 3:36
The Shadows at Abbey Road: The Collectors Edition 2000 EMI Music Distribution 4:46
Golden Greats [2 Disc] 2000 EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Original Gold 2001 Disky 3:32
The Best of Hank Marvin & the Shadows 2001 Polygram 3:17
50 Golden Greats 2003 EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Life Story: The Very Best of the Shadows 2004 Universal International 3:19
The Complete Singles A's & B's 1959-1980: 21 Years at the Top 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:35
Essential 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:33
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution 3:30
Boxing the Shadows 2017 Demon Records / Edsel 3:20
Memories: 36 Guitar Moods Music Deluxe (UK) / Music Club International Records 3:18