The Shadows are easily the most popular and influential British instrumental group of all time. Their career started in the late 50's as Cliff Richard's backing band and they consistently hit the singles charts well into the 80's. Lead guitarist Hank Marvin is cited by many modern pickers as a major influence. Throughout the latter part of their career, they released many instrumental covers and interpretations of classic themes.
When his fiancée Valentine dumps him, prominent lawyer Geoffrey Sherwood goes on a bender and winds up married to a stranger, Miriam Brady. They decide to give their marriage a chance. Their landlady, a one-time Floradora girl, offers to help Miriam become refined. Successful again, Geoffrey is approached ("if only we were free") by Valentine. Miriam tells Valentine off in no uncertain terms. Geoffrey moves into his club where Valentine's husband tells him he is a fool to leave Miriam.
Released in 1966 but recorded in bits and pieces from 1958 to 1961, WORKIN' is far from the collection of leftovers that the tangled credits would indicate. Four of the six tunes feature Scott working in a simple trio setting with bass and drums, while the remainder, "Chapped Chops" and a take on Nat Adderley's "Work Song," add pianist Ronnell Bright and guitarist Wally Richardson. A particular standout is a ghostly take on the standard "Autumn Leaves" in a delicate arrangement that sounds indebted to Bill Evans's solo piano version.
The Roomates come from England - via Philadelphia and New York. Formed in the mid-1980s, this quintet of young British rock 'n roll fans broke away from their contemporaries, (busy embracing rockabilly as the latest wave of American music culture hit the UK), to form a group who set out to prove there was more to music than slap bass clicks and rim shots. This features Nick Kennedy and brothers Mark and Steve Webb who celebrate 18 years together with the release of this album. Their influences include the Elegants, the Skyliners, the Duprees, the Mystics and the Passions to name just a handful of groups and you'll hear them echoed in many of the songs here.