Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Chad Allen and the Expressions - Shakin' All Over
|Before they were the Guess Who, they were Chad Allen and the Expressions. This material dates from 1963 through 1967, much for the first time in stereo and from original masters. Beginning life as Allan's Silvertones in 1960, the British Invasion promoted a name change to Chad Allan and the Reflections in 1964, which morphed into Chad Allan and the Expressions by the time they cut their first hit "Shakin' All Over" CIAY TV studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba in December 1964. Issued in January 1965 on the Quality label, "Shakin' All Over" was picked up by Scepter and credited in a promotional scheme as the Guess Who in June 1965. The rest is, as they say, History. Amid the gems from this very important Canadian band is an very obscure and delightful instrumental called "Made In England."|
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Track by Track Review
This is one fine instro in the Shadows style. The haunting melody drifts across a foggy night like the beautiful specter of a sad little girl lost in a time warp. Beautifully recorded and played, and quite magnificent, it comes in at an almost unheard of 2:58 for 1963. Randy Bachman's fluid "Made In England" is written around the style of his main influence Hank Marvin. Cut while the band was known as Chad Allan and the Reflections, "Made In England" was recorded at Minneapolis' legendary Kay Bank studio, and issued in 1964 on the Reo label, which listed the artist as Bob Ashley and the Reflections, an all too common practice in those days of label shenanigans (oh, you think it's different now!). Bachman sent a copy to his idols the Shadows in hopes that they would cover it, but alas it was not to be.