Archive for August, 2017

When I Get Home

When I Get Home” is a John Lennon composition (credited to Lennon–McCartney) recorded by the Beatles for their LP A Hard Day’s NightIts first US release was on the Something New LP.

My instrumental arrangement is not a straight cover, but does follow the original in its main features.

August 31, 2017 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Shadow Stalker

“Shadow Stalker” 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.

August 30, 2017 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

I Need You

I Need You” was written by George Harrison and appears in both the film and on the album Help!.  The Beatles’ version features Harrison’s first recorded use of a volume pedal, creating the distinctive swells which I reproduce in my instrumental arrangement.

August 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

You Like Me Too Much

You Like Me Too Much” was written by George Harrison. It was released in 1965 on the Help! album in the United Kingdom and on Beatles VI in the United States.

My instrumental arrangement is not a straight cover, though it does certainly recall the feel of the original. My version becomes increasingly surf-y as it proceeds. The instrumental break of the original is used as the coda in my version.

August 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

One Time Through

“One Time Through” 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 like the ballad style of the Shadows.

August 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm 1 comment

Choka

“Choka” is an original instrumental 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 in the surf rock style.

August 26, 2017 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

I’m Happy Just to Dance with You

I’m Happy Just to Dance with You” is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by the Beatles for the film soundtrack to A Hard Day’s Night.

My instrumental arrangement is based on the original.

August 25, 2017 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

I Should Have Known Better

I Should Have Known Better” was composed by John Lennon  (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and originally issued on A Hard Day’s Night, their soundtrack for the film of the same name released July 10, 1964. I Should Have Known Better was also issued as the B-side of the U.S. single A Hard Day’s Night released July 13, 1964.

My instrumental version is a bit faster than the original and is also surf-ier. It does preserve the prominent 12-string guitar part.

August 25, 2017 at 6:58 am Leave a comment

Shadow Bells

“Shadow Bells” 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 like the style of the Shadows.

August 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Misery

Misery” was released on the Beatles UK album Please Please Me and in the USA on Introducing the Beatles. It was co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

My instrumental version slows the tempo and moves the meter to 12/8 for more of a late 50’s “Sleepwalk” feel.

August 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

I’ll Get You

I’ll Get You” was written by Lennon–McCartney and released by the Beatles as the B-side of their 1963 single “She Loves You”. It was released in August 1963 in the United Kingdom and one month later in the United States. It was released on the Swan Records label in the United States — the only Beatles releases on that label. The British release was on Parlophone.

My instrumental arrangement tracks the original fairly closely except for the whole-step-up modulation for the last verse. It is also shorter.

August 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Shadow of the Eclipse

“Shadow of the Eclipse” is an original composition in which I try to get the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock.  This one is intended to be like the style of the Shadows and was written on August 21, 2017 — the day the total solar eclipse crossed the USA.

August 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Not a Second Time

Not a Second Time” was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and included on their second British album, With the Beatles. 

My instrumental version is not directly taken from the original, but is similar in feel.

August 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Twang Bang

“Twang Bang” is an original instrumental in the late-50’s early 60’s style of guitar twangmaster Duane Eddy — who together with producer Lee Hazlewood — put together a string of 27 Hot-100 hits between 1958 and 1964.

August 20, 2017 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

Hold Me Tight

Hold Me Tight“was composed principally by Paul McCartney in 1961, and was part of the Beatles’ stage act until 1963. It was first recorded during the Please Please Me album session, but not selected for inclusion on that release.  It was re-recorded and released on their UK second album, With the Beatles. In the USA, it was released on their first Capitol Album, Meet the Beatles.

My instrumental arrangement tracks the original in feel.

August 19, 2017 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

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