I Feel Fine

I Feel Fine” was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released in 1964 by the Beatles as the A-side of their eighth British single. The B-side was “She’s a Woman”.

The single reached the top of the British charts in December 1964 and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 charts for three weeks in late 1964/early 1965.

My version has the same basic feel as the original with a few changes in different sections to add the necessary variety to support an instrumental approach. Perhaps the most major change I made was to play the song’s signature riff on a baritone guitar, down an octave from the original.

May 23, 2017 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

Hazy Shade of Winter

“A Hazy Shade of Winter”, written by Paul Simon, was released by Simon & Garfunkel on October 22, 1966 as a stand-alone single. It was subsequently included on the duo’s fourth studio album, Bookends (1968). The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1987, The Bangles recorded a cover version of the song that peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

My instrumental version is based heavily on the Simon and Garfunkel original, but has a beefier, thicker sound due to the use of a baritone guitar for what was the original 12-string riff — and also more rhythm parts.


May 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party

“I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was released on the album Beatles for Sale in the United Kingdom in 1964. In the United States, Capitol released the song as the B-side of the single “Eight Days a Week”, and later on the Beatles VI album, both in 1965.

My instrumental arrangement has a feel based on the original.

May 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Exploration in Terror

“Exploration in Terror” is another track from the 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was written by members Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Nokie Edwards. The original recording featured a very prominent Tam-Tam (Gong) throughout. My arrangement includes a toned-down role for this distinctive sound. My arrangement also replaces the original lead guitar with a baritone guitar, which I think adds to the “spookiness” of the overall vibe.

May 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

4th Dimension

“4th Dimension” was a track on the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was written by Gary Hodge and Terry Wadsworth. Interestingly, the tune was first released as a single in 1960 on the Dolton label (the Ventures’ label as well) called “Werewolf” by a surf-rock band called “The Frantics”. The original version is very good and can be found on Youtube.

Its spooky demeanor apparently led to its inclusion on “Ventures in Space” but since werewolves aren’t really about outer space, a new title was needed.

My arrangement is similar to both the Ventures’s and Frantic’s versions.


May 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

War of the Satellites

“War of the Satellites” was a track on the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was written by guitarist Danny Hamilton.
Hamilton wrote a number of tracks for the Ventures, including the surf rockers  “Diamond Head” and “Escape”. He had also been a member of the “T-Bones”, the group put together to tour behind the song “No Matter What Shape”. Hamilton is probably best known for the group, Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds, who had a huge hit with “Don’t Pull Your Love” in 1970.

May 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Spanish Flea

“Spanish Flea” was written by Julius Wechter in the 1960s with lyrics by his wife Cissy Wechter.

The song is best known from an instrumental version by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, released as a B-side to the single “What Now My Love” and on their 1965 album “Going Places”. The album was a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and the single peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, with its A-side reaching No. 24 and gaining a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental.

In the United States, the song is closely associated with the long-running game show The Dating Game, for which it served as the “Bachelor’s Theme”.

May 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

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