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.