Shadows on Steel-Encore
Review by Musical Web Express, July 2012: Although they never caught on here in the U.S. in a big way back in the early 1960's, The Shadows are still revered by much the rest of the music world for their fantastic instrumentals, vocals and albums and, of course, their historic contributions to the guitar world and U.K. rock 'n' roll music. One guitar player, based on the American West Coast, Kay Das continues to extoll the wonders of the instrumental guitar based music the Shadows brought to light over the past 55 years with his second Shadows tribute entitled Shadows On Steel - Encore. We're talking "steel" as in the pedal steel guitar and the lap steel guitar-cousins to the more traditional electric guitar and instruments that have long been the instrument of choice among the best country musicians and a range of Hawaiian music artists. Interestingly, Kay Das cites the finest steel guitarists among his big influences, including Hawaii's steel guitar legend Jerry Byrd, country steeler Buddy Emmons as well as Kay's former guitar teacher Winnie Winston. Unbeknownst to many Shadows fans and some steel guitar fans, Kay Das actually has produced a range of steel guitar based instrumental pop and Hawaiian music albums, including his 2012 Shadows tribute album, the 18 track Shadows On Steel Encore-and a fine album it is. Backed up by a range of players, including several of the same musicians who graced his first Shadows tribute album, Kay's 2012 Shadows tribute features new versions of hits made famous by the Shadows in addition to a range of other songs instrumentalized by Kay for his Shadows On Steel Encore CD. Among the Shadows' covers here, several stand out including Kay's steel flavored renditions of "The Breeze And I", "Theme For Young Lovers", a new version of the Shads' 1981 sleeper "Chi Mai" and a splendid take on Hank Marvin's 1969 classic "Wahine", here entitled "Wahine Serenade". Other tracks here Shadows-ized on steel guitars by Kay include Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby", The Beatles "Hey Jude", the Chicago favorite "Colour My World" and more. Kay's extensive CD liner notes shed light on his story as well as some history behind these timeless songs. Shadows fans, pedal / lap steel guitar fans and instrumental guitar fans are strongly advised to track down and enjoy Shadows On Steel - Encore by Kay Das-a great guitarist keeping high quality, pop-friendly steel guitar music alive and kicking.