The Early Years 1959-1966 (Box Set)
by The Shadows
Released: Mar 2003
Label: Parlophone UK
Contrary to popular belief in the States, rock 'n' roll in the U. K. didn't begin with the British Invasion. While The Beatles, The Stones and The Who were teens hacking away in coffee bars, The Shadows bombarded English charts with a succession of killer hits. This six-disc box set thoroughly documents the group's singular interpretation of 1960s instrumental rock. Fans of Duane Eddy, Link Wray and The Ventures would be wise to spend a lot of time with it. Of special note are the earliest recordings done under the name The Drifters. Featuring vocals, these sound like proto-Fab Four.