The name Del Shannon immediately brings to mind his haunting vocal performance on debut single ‘Runaway’ and the pre-synth Musitron solo that accompanies it. As part of their growing The Drugstore’s Rockin’ series, Bear Family Records has released a 33-track compilation that celebrates the start of Shannon’s career in the early 1960s.
This was the era of the jukebox, powerful vocal performances, heartbreak songs and a more sophisticated commercial approach to Rock n Roll; Shannon‘s work is an indicator of this and other up-and-coming trends of the time. Along with the aforementioned debut, are further hits ‘The Swiss Maid’, ‘Hats Off To Larry’, ‘So Long Baby’, ‘Don’t Gild The Lilly, Lilly’ and ‘Keep
- His original recording of (Marie’s The Name Of) His Latest Flame, released just two months before the more widely known Elvis Presley recording.
- His recording of The Beatles’ ‘From Me To You’, which hit the US charts before the Beatles hit the States.
- Unique interpretations of ‘contemporary’ hits, such as ‘Hey Baby’, ‘Dream Baby’ and ‘Runaround Sue’.
Much of Shannon’s material follows a formula, mixing his soaring falsetto, mid-tempo arrangements and catchy choruses, but there are some exceptions. A highlight of the collection is the appearance of three rare instrumentals; ‘Torture’, ‘Froggy’ and ‘Nothin’. The latter, in particular, is a rocking two minutes and 26 seconds of pure unfiltered Rock ‘
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Bear Family Records have done themselves proud on another set that represents an era of change in music, between the first wave of Rock n Roll and the British invasion. Del Shannon’s distinct and unmistakable sound still sounds fresh, in places, and has possibly never sounded better. Including hard to get rare material alongside more established hits make this a must for enthusiasts and collectors alike.
- Runaway (Stereo)
- (Marie’s The Name Of) His Latest Flame
- Little Town Flirt
- That’s The Way Love Is
- My Wild One
- Wide Wide World
- Hats Off
- Don’t Gild The Lily, Lily
- From Me
- Two Silhouettes
- Sue’s Gotta Be Mine
- Hey Little Girl
- Now She’s Gone
- So Long Baby
- The Swiss Maid
- Dream Baby
- Ginny In The Mirror
- The Search
- Mary Jane
Searchin‘ (We’ll Follow The Sun
- I Don’t Care Anymore
- You Never Talked About Me
- Runaround Sue
- I Won’t Be There
- Cry Myself
- Move It On Over
Re-Issue Producer: Nico Feuerbach
Tape & Disc Research: Nico Feuerbach
Disc Transfer: Marlon Klein at Exil Musik Studio GmbH
Mastering: Marlon Klein at Exil Musik Studio GmbH
Liner Notes: Bill Dahl
Two Silhouettes is available from Bear Family Records.