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Silver Shadow - 2010 Silver Shadow



ARTIST: Silver Shadow
ALBUM: Silver Shadow
LABEL: Retrospect Records
SERIAL: RR-489
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Retrospect Records

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Maria Lafferty Marosek - vocals * John E Naylor III - guitars, backing vocals * M.T Graves - keyboards, backing vocals * Barry Love - bass, backing vocals * Jimmy Moon - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hurt Me * 02 Think It Over * 03 Got Me Where You Want Me * 04 Run Away

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Background
If you were a teenager growing up in Orange County, L.A during the late 70's and early 80's, chances are you may have encountered the band Silver Shadow on your travels. This mostly five-piece outfit formed by John Naylor III strike a chord in the same way that Pat Benatar, Sue Saad And The Next, Laurie And The Sighs, Spider and 1994 did all those years ago. The core duo of the band were John and Jimmy Moon, with Maria Marosek joining in 1979, Barry Love in 1980 followed by M.T Graves in 1981. Having recently obtained a copy of this 4 track EP/CD from Aaron at Retrospect, I was intrigued enough to find out a little bit more about the band, courtesy of Maria Naylor (formerly Marosek), who added the dots to the 'i's and the crosses to the 't's. Firstly, Silver Shadow's entry to the Retrospect roster all came about due to Aaron McCaslin's chance discovery of their original picture disc (issued in 1982 by Major Pacific Records) in a Las Vegas record store. He became quite enchanted by the 4 song affair, leading to him tracking down John and Maria Naylor on the Net, and hence reissuing it 28 years after its original release! As for the history of the band, Silver Shadow have, according to Maria, existed in different guises since their inception back in the mid 70's. Their popularity was so wide and varied during those days that they gigged 5 days a week, and were booked ahead months/years in advance. Silver Shadow mainly played in and around Los Angeles and Orange County, but did have gig commitments as far afield as Nevada (Las Vegas, Reno, Tahoe) and Arizona (Phoenix, Tempe). The lineup listed above came together in 1981 and appear on the 4 track CD which came out the following year.


The Songs
As mentioned, there are four tracks onboard. All of them have a quirky power pop/rock sound, punctuated with a load of keyboard fills and rough edged guitar playing. 'Hurt Me' kicks things off with its punchy sound and insistent chorus. The vocal send off by Maria at the end of the song is hilarious! 'Think It Over' picks up the pace even more, great guitar work from Naylor gives this one an edgier feel, plus the spiky keyboard lines from M.T Graves are all part and parcel of the 80's. Silver Shadow chug away brazenly on 'Got Me Where You Got Me', with great guitar/keyboard interplay, it's a solid interpretation of female fronted pop rock from that timeframe, and no doubt this band got the crowds rockin' with songs like this. The final track 'Run Away' is a very melodic affair, with backing vocals, nice guitar melodies with keyboards playing a supporting role this time around. Silver Shadow perhaps aren't best represented by these four songs. 'Our live sound was much bigger than the CD suggests' says Maria. 'We rocked pretty hard, carried concert level sound and lights, and even pyrotechnics. Most of the clubs we played held between 400 and 1200 people.. every night'.


In Summary
Silver Shadow did have a video for 'Hurt Me' in the pipeline, plus another six songs in the can before Major Pacific Records went belly-up. Despite that, the band continued playing live gigs and selling their picture disc at these events. Trainspotters will be interested to know that Phil Cristian, an artist well known at this site was Silver Shadow's keyboardist for a short time - filling in for M.T Graves who had departed. These days, mostly everyone associated with Silver Shadow in a musical sense is still involved with music. Probably the highest profiled of the former members are John and Maria Naylor, who are now a husband/wife jazz duo based out on Honolulu, Hawaii, far removed from their Spinal Tap days of the 70's and 80's. I did pose the 'reunion' question to Maria, but the answer was undecided.. lol! Despite rolls of polaroid and banks of Memorex audio tapes from those days, I'm guessing that the only reunion will be down memory lane, even if all the band personnel are still playing professionally in one form or another. Check out Retrospect Records for more on Silver Shadow. Thanks to Maria Marosek Naylor for the background notes.


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#1 | gdazegod on August 03 2010 12:06:38
Just for the record, Barry Love is in fact Barry Leib (originally from Florida), and is no relation to Geoffrey Leib (a.k.a Jeff Paris). I did ask Maria for confirmation. Jimmy Moon is in fact Jimmy Luna.

In the photo/cover: [L-R] John, Maria, Jimmy, Barry, M.T
#2 | Eric on August 03 2010 12:37:49
Sounds like a great find!
 
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