You Must Be

“You Must Be” is an experiment. Having just finished it, I’m not sure how I think it turned out. Perhaps you can let me know what you think.

The track is something of a mashup of several of my major influences: Smooth Jazz, Jazz Fusion, 80’s Pop Ballads, and Hank Marvin with the Shadows.

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April 22, 2018 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

When We Say Goodbye

“When We Say Goodbye” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of the Shadows.

April 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Arthur

“I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Arthur” was the “B-Side” on the Shadows 1965 single “The War Lord” which was their last top 20 UK hit in the 1960s.

Despite the rather silly title, the tune — composed by bassist John Rostill — is actually pretty cool with a nice Rockabilly swing. I would describe my rendition as a “loose cover”.

April 20, 2018 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Shadow Stomp

“Shadow Stomp” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of the Shadows – and specifically like their “riff-oriented” boogie tunes.

April 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Bombay Duck

“Bombay Duck” was the “B-side” to the Shadows 1967 single “Maroc 7”. I’d describe it as something of a “novelty” number, as it is a caricature of Indian/Asian music.

My arrangement is a cover, but I did not attempt to duplicate the exact sounds of the original recording.

“Bombay Duck”,  by the way, is a type of fish native to the oceans around India.

April 18, 2018 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

What a Lovely Tune

“What a Lovely Tune” was released as the “B-side” to the Shadows 1962 top 5 UK hit, “Guitar Tango”. Written by members Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett, the original features a prominent spoken voice-over. I have eliminated this and focused on the music.

April 17, 2018 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

Station Break

“Station Break” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of the Shadows.

April 17, 2018 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

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