Life In The Jungle
(Talking Elephant)


Following their 2012 CD release of Change Of Address, Talking Elephant goes deep with a 2013 CD release of Life In The Jungle—the 1982 studio album from The Shadows. Following the tragic destruction of the Beatles with the December 1980 assassination of John Lennon, at the dawn of the 1980’s many pop fans found sonic solace in the retro-tinged and highly underrated sound of Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett—3 brilliant musicians who formed the core lineup of The Shadows since 1963. 1980 was also the year that found the Shads label hopping from EMI to Polydor. To its credit, Polydor did a great job with all the great Shadows albums from 1980 to 1990, the final decade they recorded new music together. What more could be said about Life In The Jungle? Brilliant album that featured everything great about guitar legend Hank B. Marvin and the Shads with the addition of the great Cliff Hall (keys) and long time Shads bassist Alan Jones. A batch of ten memorable instrumentals and two superb vocal tracks, all mixed up together, gave Life In The Jungle its long lasting appeal. The title track “Life In The Jungle” is one of the best originals The Shadows recorded during the 1980 to ‘84 period—a haunting and completely authentic melody harking back to orchestral prog-instro classics from the 1960s, heightened with synthesized effects that signaled the quickened pace of life of 1982. Shadow-ized covers of classic music from Dimitri Tiomkin, Leiber-Stoller, Vangelis and unknown composer Martin Jenner were great but even better were the Marvin-Welch-Bennett originals. The CD sound of this Talking Elephant reissue is very good and even surpasses the original CD that came out on Polydor in the early 1990s. No liner notes but the bonus tracks addition of two rare singles only tracks from the same early 1980s period seals the deal on this classic Shadows reissue CD.



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