Having known Ian McCutcheon for several years now it never ceases to amaze me how much time, effort and dedication he puts in to each Shadows Workout release. Here we are at No. 11 and with over 130 tracks already under his belt Ian remains focused and motivated down to the very last note of each recording.
As with Ian's previous releases Workout 11 offers a rich variety of sounds and styles covering every aspect of The Shadows/Hank Marvin's recording career from the 1960s through to 1990s.
Hank Marvin's "Wahine" from 1969 is sheer beauty and will no doubt prove popular at the many Shadows Guitar Clubs. "Snap, Crackle And How's your Dad" and "The Tokaido Line" are sourced from The Shadows' 1967 LP "From Hank, Bruce, Brian and John" and are faithful reproductions of the originals.
The seventies are represented by the rugged "Jungle Jam", "Rusk" and the melodic "God Only Knows". We then fast-forward to the eighties and nineties for "I Just Called To Say I Love You", "Careless Whisper", "Take My Breath Away" and "The Next Time", the latter being one of the highlights of the "Hank Plays Cliff" album.
At this point I must mention the keyboard skills of Dave Prickett who has captured the sound and feel of the original Shadows recordings perfectly.
Customary to Ian's Workout CDs there is a non-Shadows track which on this occasion is Diamond Head, a tune written and recorded by top American guitar band The Ventures, released as a single in the UK back in 1965.
No doubt Ian is already sketching out ideas for Volume 12 (due in 2007) and with so many great tunes still awaiting the McCutcheon touch I am sure the Shadows Workout series will continue for many years to come.
List of tracks on Workout CD 11+:
TAKE MY BREATH AWAY - Demonstration Track
TAKE MY BREATH AWAY - Backing Track
RUSK - Demonstration Track
RUSK - Backing Track + 2nd guitar
RUSK - Backing Track
CARELESS WHISPER - Demonstration Track
CARELESS WHISPER - Backing Track
I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU - Demonstration Track
I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU - Backing Track
GOD ONLY KNOWS - Demonstration Track
GOD ONLY KNOWS - Backing Track
THE TOKAIDO LINE - Demonstration Track
THE TOKAIDO LINE - Backing Track
DIAMOND HEAD - Demonstration Track
DIAMOND HEAD - Backing Track
JUNGLE JAM - Demonstration Track
JUNGLE JAM - Backing Track
WAHINE - Demonstration Track
WAHINE - Backing Track
THE NEXT TIME - Demonstration Track
THE NEXT TIME - Backing Track
SNAP CRACKLE & HOW'S YOUR DAD - Demonstration Track
SNAP CRACKLE & HOW'S YOUR DAD - Backing Track
Ian McCutcheon - Lead guitar, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, guitar synthesizer, drum programming
Dave Prickett - Keyboards
Zoom RFX2000 with "Echoes From The Past" echo system devised by Charlie Hall.
Pinnacle Twin 30 Amplifier
Fender Jazz Bass
Various Fender Stratocasters
Yamaha CPX8 acoustic guitar
GL Clarrissa classical guitar
Roland Guitar Synthesizers
Various Korg and Yamaha keyboards
Derek Spicer, Joy McCutcheon and Ian McCutcheon
Special thanks to:
Charlie Hall, Pete Alden, Ken Vickers, Tony Hoffman, Alan Scrafton, Ian Harper, Mike Hill, Eric Kingdon, Jenny Spicer, Brian Bowman, Lee Argent, Kevin Wooten, Phil Wolstenholme, Maurice Woodcroft, Jon Malcolm, Martin De Liefde, Bernard Broche, Dave Moore, Amy Harper, Dick West, Alan Taylor, John Harris, Iain Purdon, and Tony Clout.