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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 - Ring of Roses:
1. The Whistleblower (6:32)
2. Jigsaw (11:05)
3. Scared Of The Dark (6:09)
4. Painting By Numbers (6:34)
5. Hall Of Mirrors (14:23)
6. The Kruhulick Syndrome (instr.) (6:07)
7. Ring Of Roses (6:31)

Bonus Tracks:
8. Dorian Gray (Japanese Release)
9. I Judas (Japanese Release)
10. Jigsaw (Demo)

CD 2 - Through the Looking Glass:
1. A Matter Of Perspective (2:16)
2. The Hunger (6:27)
3. Dreams Of The Ferryman (8:44)
4. Half Moon Street (7:17)
5. When The World Turns To White (9:05)
6. The Waking Hour (7:49)
7. Through The Looking Glass (11:19)
8. Mindgames (7:21)
9. So The Music Stops (4:29)

Bonus Tracks:
9. So The Music Stops (Japanese Release)
10. Half Moon Street (Demo)
11. Foreign Lands Unused (Demo)

CD 3 - Mad as a Hatter:
1. U.S.I (United States of Insanity (9:28)
2. Mephisto Bridge (6:48)
3. Flatline (5:58)
4. The seventh Year (5:10)
a) A curious Tale
b) Why Krululick
5. Father (4:49)
6. The Burning (7:10)
7. Zuleika (6:25)
8. Mad as a Hatter (11:57)
9. Salvation Comes (6:16)

Bonus Tracks:
10. Phantoms (Japanese Release)
11. Edge of Night (Special recording)

CD 4 - Edge Of Night (audio):
1. A Matter of Perspective
2. The Hunger
3. The Whistleblower
4. Mephisto Bridge
5. The Kruhulick Syndrome
6. The Waking Hour
7. Painting by Numbers

CD 5 - Edge Of Night (audio):
1. Hall of Mirrors
2. The Edge of Night
3. U.S.I.
4. The Seventh Year
5. Jigsaw
6. Dreams of the Ferryman
7. Ring of Roses

DVD - Edge Of Night:
1. A Matter of Perspective
2. The Hunger
3. The Whistleblower
4. Mephisto Bridge
5. The Kruhulick Syndrome
6. The Waking Hour
7. Painting by Numbers
8. Hall of Mirrors
9. The Edge of Night
10. U.S.I.
11. The Seventh Year
12. Jigsaw
13. Dreams of the Ferryman
14. Ring of Roses

Bonus video
1. The Hunger
2. The Whistleblower
3. Mephisto Bridge
4. The Kruhulick Syndrome
5. The Waking Hour
6. Painting by Numbers
7. Hall of Mirrors
8. The Edge of Night

DVD extra
Interview with Clive Nolan and karl Groom
Biography, dicography, photo gallery, dektop images

Line-up / Musicians

Studio albums
- Clive Nolan / keyboards, vocals
- Ian Salmon / bass
- Karl Groom / guitars
- Nick Harradence / drums

Guest on "Through the looking glass"
- Tina Riley / Backing vocal (8)

Guests on "Mad as a hatter"
- Jackie Peck / back vocal (5 and 7)
- Norman Archer / cello
- Martin Orford, Martin Ogden, Paul and Thérèse Wrightson, Damian Wilson, Varty, Nolan, Ian Salmon, Tracy Hitching and Dave Wagstaffe / The Mad Hatter's Choir:

"Edge of Night" CDs and DVD
- Clive Nolan / lead vocals, piano
- Mike Varty / keyboards, backing vocal
- Karl Groom / guitar, backing vocal
- Mark Westwood / bass, acoustic guitar
- Nick Harradence / drums

Releases information

Metal Mind Productions MMP6CDBox002
Limited edition of 1000 copies

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Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Approach with caution, and be amazed

Released in 2009, this lavish box set gathers in pretty much everything Shadowland have released to date. The three studio albums are all present and correct, each with bonus tracks. As the reviews for the individual albums can be found elsewhere on this site, I will focus on those bonus tracks here.

"Ring of roses" includes three extra tracks. The first two of these, "Dorian Gray" and "I Judas" were originally only available on the Japanese release of the album. They have since been included on subsequent re-releases. The songs are very much in keeping with the content of the album, while perhaps lacking some of the instrumental magic which graces the chosen tracks. The final track is an advanced demo of "Jigsaw". This rendition may be a bit rough round the edges, and generally lacking in the lush instrumentation which characterises the finished product, but it is an accomplished work nonetheless. Interestingly, the track includes a reference to the aforementioned Dorian Gray.

Three bonus tracks are also added to "Through the looking glass". The first of these, "So the music stops" was included on the Japanese version of the album, then added as a bonus track when Verglas Records reissued the album in 1997. The two remaining bonus tracks are both demo versions The first of these, "Half moon street", was developed into a track which made it onto the album, while "Foreign lands" was discarded. The latter sounds as if it had the potential, with some fleshing out of he instrumentation, to fit well into the album.

There are two bonus tracks on "Mad as a hatter". "Phantoms" was the obligatory bonus track on the Japanese version of the original album. It is an interesting track though, with Clive singing in quite a different, almost operatic style with male voice choir like accompaniment. At just over three minutes though, it has the feel of being unfinished. The second bonus track, "Edge of night" is a brand new song recorded by the reformed band for the "A matter of perspective" compilation released in 2009. The song was written by Clive while he was working on his "She" project for Caamora. Incidentally, the lyrics of this are song are the source of the title of this box.

The "Edge of night" DVD was only released shortly before this set. It is contains a superb cross section of the band's work to date including, for the first time,live performances of songs from their third album. The extras include an interview with Clive and Karl and a recording of a concert in Holland a few days after the main one recorded for the DVD in Poland. The two live CDs simply extract the music from the main gig in full.

The box is completed by an informative booklet, with full lyrics.

In all, a superbly put together package which offers the definitive story Shadowland. The lack of availability of the original albums at present means that this is currently the best way to obtain them. That said, the box is not cheap by any means, so prospective investors should be sure they will appreciate the contents before venturing in. Personally, I cannot recommend the content highly enough.

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