Done as the Ventures or Shadows might have done it.
It appears that my holiday music project this year is going to be 1960’s style surf/guitar instrumental arrangements much in the style of the Ventures. I’ll be releasing them about one per week until Christmas.
The first is “Angels We Have Heard on High” which has a rockabilly setting that might remind you of Ricky Nelson’s backup band. I really hope you enjoy it — and the posts to follow — because I get a huge kick creating them.
“Wring that Neck” is an instrumental, released as the second track on Deep Purple’s second album, “The Book of Taliesyn”. This is one of my all time favorite albums, and Deep Purple is one of the most influential rock bands ever. All were top notch players, in particular organist Jon Lord and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.
This is a very literal cover of the original version. It’s a bit long at about 5 and 1/2 minutes, but hang to the end if you can (or skip to about the 4:00 minute mark if you’re impatient) — the coda is pretty cool.
“Funk Ballad” is an original instrumental composition in a jazz/pop/fusion style. It is actually neither particularly funky nor much like a ballad either. The arrangement is a bit thicker than usual for me, featuring a couple of keyboard parts as well as rhythm guitar. I played the guitar and bass parts; the other parts are soft synths controlled via midi.
“Dreams” is a track from the 1st Allman Brothers Band album. My instrumental arrangement tries to preserve much of the original, utilizing two drum tracks, two guitar tracks, piano, organ and bass. However, it also tries to push what is clearly a jazz-based tune even a little further into the jazz realm.
“Tobacco Road” was written and first recorded by John D. Loudermilk in 1960. The 1964 version by the Nashville Teens (in spite of the name they were a British group) reached #16 on the US charts and the tune has since become a standard across several musical genres.
I have given it a “Classic Rock” setting.
“In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” is a track from the Allman Brother’s Band debut album. Written by Dickey Betts, it is one of their first instrumental jam tunes.
My arrangement deviates slightly from the original, primarily in the “jam” section, where a Latin feel is substituted for the rock of the original.