Hey hey hey! Let’s sing Shambala!
New York-based band Five Townz undertook this remake of the 70ies fave Shambala.
Wow! I thought when I first heard the song, I want to write a review. Usually, I’m not into seventies music and remakes make me yawn most of the time. But this one’s quite different! I didn’t want to go into the review biased so I resisted the urge to refresh my memory of the original song. I just let the single hit my ears, and yeah it did hit! Shambala has great melody and lyrics, it’s a happy song, a "feelgood," and the spirit of the songs couldn’t have been captured better than it was by Five Townz here.
I love those bright guitars, the really smooth vocalist with the husky voice that you could go on listening to endlessly: Add to that a bright background choir, unlike anything done today—the production is modern, yet has reminiscences of the seventies sound, nice and bright: a real sing-along to be played at your pool party with lots of shaking and dancing going on. I am hard put to say what this sounds like. The best I can come up with is a mash-up of the Beach Boys and The Byrds transferred into the year 2012!
A short visit to Five Townz web presence doesn’t tell me much about the band but I find out how popular the song is, having reached well over 90, 000 plays in just a few months!
Awesome, isn’t it? I recommend checking these boys out for more—you might get addicted!
For those interested in the history of the song: It was originally written by songwriter Daniel Moore in 1973 and published by Universal Music Group (which also mastered the Five Townz version). It was hit single for Three Dog Night and BW Stevenson almost at the same time.
-Review by Heidi Bobal, PR, A&R, management, SixtySix Records (Germany)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CUSTOMER REVIEWS FROM AMAZON USA
* * * * * Two Thumbs Up!!,
By Doug (Brooklyn, NY)
This song was to put it simply- amazing! I read a previous review titled "Five Townz 'Shambala' cover is a MUST listen! (August 31, 2011)" I don't think Five Townz is a cover band because they also write their own material. An acquaintance who dabbles in the biz and lives in Great Britain is the one who turned me on to this artist. She shared data with me from a research study which she was a part of where about 100 music buyers like us log into an online virtual audition room and listen to songs. As listeners, we get to rate tracks on a scale of 1-10 and write comments. It gives us common folks a chance to be like the judges on X-Factor, she said. Our U.S. equivalent is America's Got Talent or Amercian Idol meets The Voice. It is all done anonymously so reviewers don't know whose music they are rating until afterward, unless the artist chooses to remain anonymous afterward. Cool huh? Any who, one of the contestants was Five Townz, which she showed me rated "above average". Something like 80%-90% of all listeners in all age groups (male/female, teens to senior citizens) liked Five Townz based solely on their unreleased, original material. Whether originals or covers, these guys get 5 stars from me here because I just heard Three Dog Night's version before writing this review for comparative purposes.
My opinion of the two songs is both are equally appealing -but- Five Townz definitely gives their own awesome "flair" on things. I love the lead singers rasp in his voice and it really adds character. The Five Townz version is also a bit more upbeat with more instrumental than the original which I really enjoyed. Overall an awesome tune with their own twists on things, and I prefer it over the original.
* * * * * Five Townz 'Shambala' cover is a MUST listen!,
By Candacep -
I first heard about Five Townz via a friend on Facebook. I am usually not a huge fan of cover bands, but because my friend spoke so highly of Five Townz, I decided to give them a listen and am so glad that I did! In my opinion, what makes a great cover band and a great cover song is the ability to perform the song well enough to preserve what made the song a hit to begin with while at the same time making the song "your own." Five Townz did an amazing job of doing just this! They were able to inject their own personality into their cover of Shambala and the result is a classic hit with an updated, positive, more upbeat twist. Definitely check Five Townz out- you won't be disappointed!
* * * * * Five Townz'adaptation is absolutely fabulous!,
By Raul Saucedo - Perhaps like you, at first I thought some of these ratings were a little suspect until I heard the music! Now I see why their music is consistently rating higher than some of my favorites.. Listening truly is believing!
* * * * * Real music - great track,
By steve –This song is great to just sit and listen to on a long drive. I loved it, reminded me of stuff I listened to when I was a kid. This is a terrific song for someone like me who likes more positive music. So far, all of of the songs I've heard from Five Townz are hits. Groups don't make music like this anymore. If you are like me and scratch your head over today's current hitmakers (the shouters and rhymers of rap) this is like a breath of fresh air. This is REAL music.
* * * * * Rockin,
By Happy dance –
Check these guys out if you have any interest in fun music. As a musician myself, I think I have a pretty good idea of what is good, bad, or ugly. In my humble opinion, Shambala is top of my charts Five Townz is nothing but good good good!
* * * * * Great sound!,
By MSharpe (Elizabeth, NJ) –
I downloaded this song out of curiosity because I had heard a lot of buzz and am glad I did! It's a unique track with an energetic sound and excellent vocals. Highly recommended!
* * * * * immersive track,
By Giulio C.
- i love this type of sounds, it makes me feel better! i think they are very talented and this track is so powerful! it's a shame they are not known as they deserve!
* * * * * Track is Fab!,
By Music Guru -
5fve Townz version of Shambala is so off the hook, it's one of those songs you find yourself singing in the shower!
These boys produced a well thought out, artistically sound re-creation of an already powerful favorite.
You can't go wrong with this one!
* * * * Uncanny And Cool,
By Rock Critic Chic -
This was beyond what I expected from this Shambala Cover.
I really enjoyed it! The vocals are precise and bring great justice to the track; While the electric guitar soars!
5fve Townz definitely show their adventurous style in this worth it's weight favorite. Shambala is a real feel good song that does well to uplift any playlist!
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FROM AMAZON UK
* * * * * I fell in love....with this song!
This song was amazing! I want to thank my friend sooo much for turning me on to this band. She found them on Myspace, and has been listening to them ever since. As soon as I heard this song, I totally knew what she was talking about.
Thanks again for introducing me to such a great sounding band. I love Five Townz!!!!
* * * * * A Great Song,
By Jon756 -
I have listened to the song and it is great. I think the song is definitely unique and the vocals are very good. The song is full of energy and it is addictive.
* * * * * new favourite band,
By tolu94 -
This is really not the typical type of music that i listen to but i really enjoyed listening to this track. I especially loved the rhythm and the beat more than anything, I really felt like dancing as I listened to it, I can't wait to here more buy five townz, I think that they have become my new favorite band.
* * * * * Simply Amazing!
By Gadget Lover "Great" (TX) - Having heard other tracks from these artists on internet radio, I have to agree with the Amazon reviewer who wrote that 5 Townz improves the style of 3 Dog Night. When it comes to classic covers, 5 Townz definitiely has a knack for recreating an original and identifiable sound that makes a remake truly their own. The first release of Shambala that preceded 3 Dog's was a folksy, country-western version by BW Stevenson in the early seventies. Both version made the American Billboard charts across the pond, but did not have such success here in England. 30 years later, 3 Dog Night with the London Symphony performed and recorded it, reportedly at Abbey Road Studios. 5 things I personally like about 5 Townz' Shambala:
1) The Lyrics
2) The Amazing vocal
3) The Energy
4) The Voices
5) and the combination of Musical Instruments
* * * * * A WINNING Track!
By Rosemary "R" (TX) -
Ladies and gentlemen of the underworld jury, my name is Ch@r Lee Sh33n.* I'm here today to introduce to you a band I found via the use of the Ch@r Lee Sh33n Super-Active Funkdaddy Highway, or to you tools it's called the `In-ta-netz'. Specifically an internet radio station and I followed the beautifully styled link to Amazon whilst I was visiting the UK - for nothing drug related.
This band are like no other, clearly they have been placed in the `Winning' department and what I say goes, do you understand that Simon Cowell?
This band is `Five Townz' and I don't mean a simple highway drive with the Sheenster down some back-yard drool of America, I'm talking about an intergalactic musical orgasm pounding its way through the states of love.
The first track I listened to was `Shambala' which quite simply reminded me of the time I added `Epic' & `Power' into a blender to see what new cocktail I could create, the result was similar to what my ears feel when this comes on, I don't see in Matrix Code ladies and gentlemen, I INVENTED Matrix code. I particularly enjoy the 6/8 time signature molested with African Drums, and if you listen carefully enough, you can hear the faint sound of a Lion roaring, It definitely seems more enticing than a Lion, I'm pondering whether I, Ch@r Lee Sh33n, can also consume the juice of a Lion for strong powers over the African land mass.
The song is most definitely worth a listen to, Unique and original, it has earnt the Ch@r Lee Sh33n stamp of approval.
*Guest reviewer is not the celebrity. Duh!
* * * * * Love the beat and the tunz!,
By Louise Palmer -
I love Five Townz! They capture the style of 3 Dog Night and improve upon it! The best tune they ever recorded is Shambala. As you can hear here, their beat is more raw than TDN's but the rawness improves upon the sound. Well, if anything it makes it more modern, bringing the 70s sound forward 40 years to today. PLEASE Five Townz we want more music!
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FROM AMAZON FRANCE
* * * * * A écouter sur la route des vacances.
Par Philou49 - Voici un morceau bien sympa ! A la fois planant et rythmé, c'est un morceau idéal à écouter sur la route de vos vacances.
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ITUNES Ratings and Reviews
Shambala is New * * * * *
This version of Shambala takes this version to another level. The original was never this good. The vocals and harmonies in this version are so easy on your ears that you find yourself humming it long after the music has stopped. 5fve Townz is one of the few bands that can combine a rock sound with a folk, blues and acoustic sound and make it all work. The music appeals to many generations of listeners in my home and this is no small feat. I love remakes of the old songs, my kids love the great drums and piano orchestration and my spouse loves the harmonies. 5fve Townz cross overappeal makes them a band that we will be listening to for years to come.
Wicked Song * * * * *
by Vera Dunne
This cover song does not disappoint! Very light and upbeat-the kind of song I would play when getting ready in the morning! Five Townz does music right, I know you’ll be listening to this song again and again. Check out their other tracks.
Makes you want to sing along * * * * *
There are two things a song has to make me feel: 1. happy and 2. the need to tap my feet and dance. Shambala accomplishes both and the tune will stick with you for hours after listening to it. Lifts your spirits and makes you want to sing along. What could be better than that? Highly recommended.
Awesome * * * * * by Art Jackson I first heard about this awesome song from a friend who recommended I go to their MySpace page. After checking it out, I clicked on the iTunes button which directed me straight to iTunes where I then made the purchase. The song totally rocks! My kind of music. A must download, well worth the money.
Sensational! * * * * *
By Charles Stearns I would give this 10 stars if I could. The catchy upbeat rhythms of Shambala get my head moving, then my hands tapping, the leg bouncing next. I can’t help but get out of my seat everytime I hear this song! Love thus riffs.
Loving his voice! * * * * *
By Brittany Carraway
I must say the vocalist in Five Townz has my favorite voice right now, hands down! He’s got such an awesome unique voice. I love it! They did an amazing job covering this. Feeling the solo guitar on this track. Can’t wait to hear more from them. Great energy!
Let's leave this one on "Repeat"... * * * * * by slickwalker11 It's hard for a cover song to live up to the original - but this one definitely does. This band has incredible talent. Just take a listen to their own sound they put into this cover. They've got amazing lead guitar, great vocals and a creative bridge going on.. If you are looking for a feel good song to repeat over and over.. put this in your iTunes collection NOW! :)
Finally! * * * * *
By moneymaker5 Finally some music being released that has the good old raw sound. Love this cover! They are great and I cant wait until more is released by them. Its been a long time since a band has impressed me.
Great energy here! * * * * by boss lady music The energy and excitement this song brings is enough for me!
I can listen to this track over and over again!
Amazingly Likable! * * * *
This version of Shambala from 5fve is by vocal aspects and energy most similar to the original by Three Dog Night, yet very different in a modern way. Really enjoyable and a pleasant addition.
I also love the soaring guitar and full production sound.
An excellent throwback to the classics. * * * * *
Shambala, a cover by Five Townz, is a great revival of many of the memorable sounds and feelings of classic rock. When listening to Shambala, I get hints of CCR's and Guns n' Roses, stemming from Five Townz's lead vocalist who has a vocal quality leaning towards that of Axl Rose's, yet with more grit. I enjoy this version much better than the original by Three Dog Night because the addition of the extra instrumental parts gives a much tighter harmony adding extra fill in just the right places. I really enjoy this song, and I look forward to any new recordings coming out of Five Townz.
From Great Britain
Looking forward to more * * * * *
Not often do I say that a cover is better than the original but this is an exeption. I love everything this artist has done so far and can’t wait for more. This is the best £0.79 I have ever spent.
Middle 8's great! * * * * *
Reminds me of the time I was 'manager' of a rock band a few years ago, just great to hear some fab guitar work! The middle 8 section in this track is stupendous :) Vocals are great too, with a very catchy melody. One to be played on my iPhone for some time to come.
Nice track * * * * *
What can I say… my husband introduced me to Five Townz and I'm addicted! Listening to them is so easy, their music transcends all ages and they do it with style :) This track, Shambala, emanates everything today that's great with rock music.
Fantastic Song! * * * * *
Five Townz does an awesome job mixing rustic vocals with a country feel while still retaining that rock sound that makes them so unique. I definitely recommend getting to know these guys via their new singles because I'm hooked and can't stop raving about them!
Perfecto! * * * * *
This selection is another old favourite that Five Townz delivers with its own flavour.
I heard it on internet radio followed by a Fleetwood Mac song. Listening to their spin on Shambala and Mama Told Me Not to Come sure brought back memories. Old songs done in a new way is trendy today with the 70s is back in style. I’ve been hearing a lotta buzz that Five Townz is not a nostaligic group but a new artist that reinvents the classic sounds of the ‘70s with a modern vibe. So far, I have heard revamped renderings of some Three Dog Night tracks, whose name was inspired by our aborigines here in the Australian outback who would sleep huddled with a dog for body heat. A really frigid winter’s night would be a “three dog night.” Having just listened to their original Shambala from the ‘70s, this song is perfect for all occasions when I DJ also, I have multiple copies of the single and wish to hear more by them! A mate tells me Shambala is Five Townz first song to be released, which was the first number offered here by iTunes. For that reason alone, surely you agree why I have to give it 5 stars!
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