All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love” was released as a non-album single in July 1967. It was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

The song captured the utopian sentiments of the Summer of Love era and topped singles charts in Britain, the United States and many other countries.

“All You Need Is Love” was later included on the US Magical Mystery Tour album. It also appears in a sequence in the Beatles’ 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine and on the accompanying soundtrack album.

My instrumental arrangement is in a classic rock style, which seems to get along well with much of the Beatles later material.

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November 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Fleeting Feather

“Fleeting Feather” is an original, instrumental composition which blends several of the styles that have influenced my work — a Hendrix-inspired rhythm guitar part, keyboard parts reminiscent of the Allman brothers, and a cleanish lead part with Hank Marvin touches (and some Allman brothers style dual leads).

The resulting final product has quite a country feel.

 

November 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

Hey Joe

“Hey Joe” is one of a handful of garage band standards that virtually every guitarist in the world learns at some point. It was first commercially recorded by The Leaves, who had a hit with it in 1966. The best known version is probably the one I am honoring here, by Jimi Hendrix.

Authorship of the song is somewhat in dispute. The record label for Hendrix’ version credits Dino Valenti (whose real name was Chet Powers, composer of “Let’s Get Together” and founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service). However, “Hey Joe” was registered for copyright in the U.S. in 1962 by Billy Roberts — an American songwriter and musician, born August 16, 1936 in Greenville, South Carolina.

 

November 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

PT Blues Part 4

“PT Blues Part 4” is an “original” instrumental 12-bar blues.

November 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

Hello Goodbye

Hello, Goodbye” was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. With John Lennon’s “I Am the Walrus” as the “B” side, it was issued as a non-album single in November 1967. It was commercially successful around the world, topping charts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and several other countries.

My instrumental arrangement builds on the rock roots of the original, and pushes the tune into “classic rock” territory.

November 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

Penny Lane

Penny Lane” was written primarily by Paul McCartney but credited to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership. The lyrics refer to a real street in Liverpool, England.

Recorded during the Sgt. Pepper album sessions, and intended for inclusion, “Penny Lane” was released in February 1967 as one side of a double A-sided single, along with “Strawberry Fields Forever”, following pressure from EMI, the Beatles record company, after several months absence of new material. The song made its LP debut on the US version of the band’s album, Magical Mystery Tour.

In my opinion, this is one of the Beatles’ best songs from a music perspective. It has some very interesting chord changes as well as changes of key. This makes it very suitable for an instrumental rendering.

November 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

The Guardian

“The Guardian” is an original 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. This one is similar to the style of the Shadows.

November 9, 2017 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

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