You Can’t Sit Down

This is my instrumental cover of “You Can’t Sit Down”. Originally an instrumental, it reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961 as performed by the Phil Upchurch Combo. In 1963, the Dovells released a vocal version which went to #3 on the charts. This is the version most of us (who are old enough) remember. The Ventures included a cover on their 1972 album, “Rock and Roll Forever”. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band frequently performed this live as an encore in their concerts starting in 1976.

July 17, 2021 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

You My Love

“You My Love” is an original instrumental intended to sound like a ballad the Shadows might have recorded in the early 1960s.

July 16, 2021 at 7:18 am Leave a comment

On the Rebound

This is my cover of “On the Rebound”, originally a hit (#4 US, #1 UK) for country pianist Floyd Cramer in 1961. Most of his hits were more in a ballad style like “Last Date”, but “On the Rebound”, produced by Chet Atkins, was a country-rocker.

July 15, 2021 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

The Rings of Saturn

“The Rings of Saturn” is an original instrumental intended to sound similar to one of my favorite guitar-rock sub-genres, “Space-Rock”. This style is exemplified by the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space”, and features unusual chord changes and spacy sound effects.

July 15, 2021 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

Turbo Jet

“Turbo Jet” is an original instrumental intended as a tribute to first bassist with the Shadows, Jet Harris.

July 9, 2021 at 7:25 am Leave a comment

Six out of Seven

“Six out of Seven” is an original instrumental intended to sound like something the Ventures might have done in the late 60s as guitarists like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix were changing playing styles. The Ventures were always very tuned in to where popular music was going.

July 8, 2021 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Here to Stay

This is my cover of “Here to Stay”, composed by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays and first appearing as the opening track on 1995 his album “We Live Here”.

July 3, 2021 at 8:39 am Leave a comment

A Day to Get Through

“A Day to Get Through” is an original instrumental ballad intended to sound similar to something the Shadows might have done in the 80s or 90s.

July 2, 2021 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

Flip Side Boogie

“Flip Side Boogie” is an original instrumental intended to sound like something the Ventures might have done in the early 1960s to serve as the “B-side” to a single.

July 1, 2021 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

O Pimentão

“O Pimentão” is an original instrumental influenced by the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

June 26, 2021 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

Saving the Time

…is an original instrumental intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

June 18, 2021 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

Ave Maria

This is my instrumental arrangement of the version of “Ave Maria” where French composer Charles Gounod wrote a melody over J. S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book One. In my arrangement I tried to give it an 80s-ballad type of setting.

June 12, 2021 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

When the Time Comes

“When the Time Comes” is an original instrumental intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

June 11, 2021 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

Space Ex-Zero

“Space Ex-Zero” is an original instrumental intended to sound similar to one of my favorite guitar-rock sub-genres, “Space-Rock”. This style is exemplified by the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space”, and features unusual chord changes and spacy sound effects.

June 10, 2021 at 7:49 am Leave a comment

Once and a While

“Once and a While” is an original instrumental in a jazz/rock/fusion style.

June 5, 2021 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

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