Archive for September, 2016

Scratch

“Scratch” is a track from the Ventures 1962 album “Mashed Potatoes and Gravy”. My version largely follows the original. I think it’s pretty catchy.

September 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

When You Walk in the Room

“When You Walk in the Room” was written by Jackie DeShannon and her recording barely cracked the hot 100 in 1963. The Searchers version did a bit better, but was still only a minor hit. The Ventures recorded an instrumental cover on their 1965 album “Knock Me Out”. I guess if you don’t remember this one, it’s understandable…although the style is certainly familiar. My version attempts to blend the style of both the Ventures and the Shadows.

September 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

Black is Black

This is my instrumental cover of “Black is Black”, which was a 1966 #4 hit in the USA for the Spanish rock group “Los Bravos”. The Ventures included a cover on their album “Walk Don’t Run 2000”. My arrangement mainly sticks the the feel of the original recording, except I turned the bridge into a shuffle.

 

 

September 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Norwegian Wood

“Norwegian Wood” is one of the more compelling tracks from the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul”. As always, it is the combination of words and music that together make the original so great, but the melody, harmony and rhythm allow the music to stand alone very well — also typical of the Beatles work.

September 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

For No One

For No One” was written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and originally appeared on the Beatles’ seventh album, Revolver. It is an amazingly haunting song about an independent woman — sung to her confused ex. My version is, of course, instrumental, but the music alone retains substantial emotional content.

 

September 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

Rebel Walk

“Rebel Walk” was a track on Duane Eddy’s 1960 album “The Twangs the Thang”. My version borrows the main riff, 12-bar form and shuffle feel, but little else. It should still be recognizable as a Duane Eddy style number, however — featuring a baritone guitar and plenty of twangy rockabilly.

September 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Mission Impossible

This iconic theme originally from the 1960’s TV series was written by Lalo Schifrin. It’s driving feel is heavily reliant on its irregular (5/4) time signature. I have given it a surf-rock setting (surprise!)

 

September 11, 2016 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment

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