The Shadows – Change Of Address (1980): Review

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Produced by The Shadows
Label – Polydor

“Change Of Address” marked a change of record label for The Shadows from EMI to Polydor. Unfortunately, this doesn’t bring a change in direction or quality and the album is yet again a tired selection of instrumental reworks of famous hits from the past. At one time during the late 50’s and early 60’s the band were the U.K’s premier instrumental group, but by 1980 the band were a dinosaur from a long gone Rock n’ Roll era, producing worn, out-dated and completely forgettable instrumentals.

Covers ranging from Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are”, Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross”, Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now”, and bizarrely Jean Michel Jarre’s “Equinoxe Part V”, all pass by in a sterile, half comatose nightmare, and contribute to one’s genuine feeling that although one may believe that music was always better in the “Good Old Days”, just listen to this album to realise that whichever musical period one cares to look back on there will always be cankerous, mindless albums like this one.

“Change Of Address” is trenchant, relentless orchestrated snores, MOR for menopausal executives looking to revive memories of a time when they really thought they were hip. They weren’t, and the world doesn’t need this album.

3/10

Track Listing
1 Mozart Forte Arranged By – Brian Bennett, Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin
Composed By – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2 Midnight Creepin’ Composed By – Brian Bennett, Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin
3 Change Of Address Composed By – Brian Bennett, Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin
4 Just The Way You Are Composed By – Billy Joel
5 Indigo Composed By – Dieter Geike, Michael Topolov
6 Arty’s Party Composed By – Brian Bennett, Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin
7 Outdigo Composed By – Brian Bennett, Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin
8 Hello Mr. W.A.M. Arranged By – Giorgio Moroder Composed By – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
9 Temptation Composed By – Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown
10 Albatross Composed By – Peter Green (2)
11 If You Leave Me Now Composed By – Peter Cetera
12 Equinoxe (Part V) Composed By – Jean-Michel Jarre

Equinoxe V

Mozart Forte

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