THE EP COLLECTION
Shadow Land/ Tina/
Fiesta de Guerra/ Black Ice/ Wake
Up/ Sombrero del Diablo/
Colleen/ Wings of Love/ Apache/ Mr. Big Hat/ Come by my Love/ Rikki/
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Canada's Falcons are back with a much wished
for EP collection plus unreleased tracks! We forever rave over one of
the best modern guitar bands and for the unique guitar sound they
create. Rightly so. This is a collection of the early EPs via CD and
cassette that they did plus a few newies - "Shadow Land" and "Tina" are
still amazing. Can't imagine anybody who likes guitars not loving The
Falcons. **** (4 stars)
The Falcons have been quite prolific recently
- this is the second CD they've released this year. With the EP
Collection, you get 13 songs taken from EP's and compilations released
between 1991 and 1997, plus several unreleased songs. Simply put,
if you like The Shadows, then The Falcons are a band you must add to
your collection.* * * * 1/2
The "EP Collection" is the second release in the series and it's a great one. Eleven tracks are drawn from three EPs originally released between 1991 and 1997, a version of "Apache" is taken from a 1997 compilation and one previously unreleased track add up to a Bedclothes' dozen of thirteen tracks. Bedclothes Studios is the name of the 7' by 11' bedroom where the band recorded most of these tracks. They removed the bed, hung four 2' by 6' foam cushions in the corners and recorded live off the floor in glorious analogue on a four track Audio Technica cassette recorder. Their first EP in 1991 was issued on cassette only. Somehow it doesn't seem that long ago. The result is a warm, live sound that is contemporary but also evocative of earlier great instrumental bands like the Ventures and the Shadows. To make the link clear the only non-original tune on this CD is the cover of "Apache," which the Shadows recorded in 1960 for the UK market and the Ventures covered in 1962 for the North American market.
Although the sound is rooted in the past, The Falcons are not a retro band. They are taking an established form and moving it some. place a little different. They call It "Instros for Moderns." They have six videos posted on YouTube. See for yourself.
Richard Samuell, BC Musician
The Falcons' EP collection: Garage CD of
What a surprise this turned out to be. Three
'50s-style geetar instrumentals played with real heart and none of the
cheesy irony you'd expect from Shadowy Men or Huevos Rancheros.
Recorded in mono (I think), it actually sounds like you're spinning
thru the desert blaring the AM radio. The Falcons have met with
some local success. Let's hope they can put out some more stuff and get
themselves some real exposure.
Want a perfect soundtrack for a road trip
through the American and/or Mexican desert? The Falcons are a Vancouver
quartet, playing guitar-oriented instrumentals with a Spanish flavour.
What impressed me most was how good they sound as a band. All of
the parts are so well integrated that the whole is definitely greater
than the sum of the parts. A rare group whose every note, chord,
and drum fill means something. "Tina" makes me romantic for all my
favourite westerns and for a desert I've never been to.
1994 CD EP Fly By Night:
THE FALCONS IS HOT!
They'll have you thinking that Mark Knopfler
has come to his senses and delivered some instrumentals more in the
early sixties style of his hero, Hank Marvin.
The Falcons are masters of instrumental twango.
Featuring Shadow Land and Apache - plus a never-released 1991 three song demo and all the tunes from the 1994 CD EP Fly by Night. Re-mixed and mastered in analogue to celebrate The Falcons' 20th Anniversary. Complete with a handsome cardboard cover.
The Falcons in 1993 at Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver
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