#203: Cry for a Shadow

Inevitably an instrumental can’t compete on an even playing field with vocal tracks, but “Cry for a Shadow” is charming enough. The only known Harrison/Lennon co-write, it was given the working title “Beatle Bop,” but earned its eventual title because of its similarity to British singer Cliff Richard’s backing group The Shadows, and the wordless ‘cries’ at various points during the song (“Yelp for a Shadow” would have perhaps been more accurate). This really catchy little number boasts some of George Harrison’s strongest pre-1965 guitar work but there’s nothing separating it from the multitude of other British instrumental records from the era.

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#203: Cry for a Shadow