Handy Man - AMV 1964
The single hits on this album are the great Phil Spector sounding title track and the pretty ordinary "Mary Jane". Among the album tracks there are a couple of nice Shannon original ballads - both quite Merseybeat inspired. There is a nice try at Roy Orbison's "Crying", which works great until the falsetto part
- here it is really miles behind Orbison's original. The closing track "Twist and Shout" has a great raw guitar solo, and makes up a worthy finale om a slightly uneven album.
In spite of its relative flaws "Handy Man" is a quite enjoyable release.