May 14, 2012

The Shadows (circa 1961) - One of the greatest instrumental bands of the 60's almost no one in the States heard of.

Kicking off the week with instrumental legends The Shadows, who were the mainstays and pillars of Rock in the UK from the early 1960's on. Strangely, they were huge in Europe and Japan, but not very well known here in the U.S. Not really a lot of good reasons as to why, but the suspicion is, The Shadows came along at a time when Surf was just getting going in the U.S. and bands like The Ventures, The Challengers, The Tornadoes, The Marketts, Dick Dale and The Deltones and a flood of others dominated the airwaves and left little room for imports, no matter how good they were.

So a lot of good and memorable material went mostly unnoticed over here, and only lately has it been re-examined and re-discovered by collectors.

Tonight it's their 1964 single, which was a hit in the UK and issued here in the U.S. on Atlantic without much success, The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt.

Here's what you might have missed the first time around, unless you weren't around, and then it's something you might not be familiar with.

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