|Colin Pryce-Jones, Shades and Rapiers
For over twenty years now, I have been a fan of Colin Pryce-Jones, a legendary guitarist from Cornwall (UK), who, as Rob Bradford puts it, is only second to Hank B. Marvin and he's right. I have seen Colin perform on stage dozens of times with his Shades and his Rapiers. Each and every concert always was the best of perfection. Besides that, he has always been a kind gentleman and very friendly with his fans. I have met him on several occassions and in 1987, at a concert in Beringe, Holland, I introduced him to my (then 3 year old) son whom I also named Colin. We now write 1999 and I have before me the new solo CD of Colin Pryce-Jones. It's a little different, Colin is a born again Christian and on this CD he definitly wants to spread the word to the rest of the world. The way he does that is very classy and in perfect balance with his rock 'n' roll background. Again, a great addition to my Rapiers collection. To give you an idea of who Colin is and what others think of his music I have gathered a few snippets for you from several Shades and Rapiers releases. Just read on, and you will agree with me that every rock 'n' roll fan is also a Rapiers fan!
The BlackCat, 1999
The Rockin' Shades, Live At Caister (SRT, 1979)
Very few bands can handle rock 'n' roll ‘standards safely and inevitable comparisons with the originals belittle any prospective cover versions but somehow Shades seem to make material like "Say Mama" and "Bony Moroni" sound as if it had been intended for them in the first place. That's why the boys are heroes, because they can generate that same magic that those early rock 'n' roll classics had captured and most important of all, it's a whole new generation of rock 'n' roll fans that are able to go along and witness Shades delivering the goods. It's heartwarming to think that with bands like Shades around there's gonna be lots and lots of good rock 'n' roll for a long time to come yet.
Stuart Colman, 1979
Shades, Ace Of Shades (Magnum Force, 1981)
Magnum Force Records are justly proud of these recordings as they illustrate perfectly the full and diverse range of the bands' talent, from their own brand of instrumental number to pounding rockers like "Hi Ho Silver". If your taste is to Do Wop, that too is here by way of "Georgina", a number penned and totally performed, save for the drums, by the bands' very own Spike Hooper. Rockabilly diehards will love the Don Gibson original "Sweet Sweet Girl To Me" and horror freaks will zombie around to "Dinner With Drac." And by the way, don't miss an opportunity to see Shades live. You certainly will not be disappointed.
Nigel Molden, 1981
The Return Of The Rapiers (Fury, 1991)
Rob Bradford, 1991
Colin Pryce-Jones, 1994
Colin Pryce-Jones, Guitar Heaven (Fury 1999)
Rob Bradford, 1999
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