Archive for February, 2018

Tonight

“Tonight” is a wonderful song from the classic musical, “West Side Story” — composed by Leonard Bernstein. The Shadows included an arrangement on their 1964 album “Dance with the Shadows”. It was not released as a single, but was included on an E.P.

My instrumental version is basically a cover of the Shadows arrangement with a few minor changes in the harmonization.

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February 28, 2018 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Santa Ana

“Santa Ana” was the second track on side two of the Shadows 1965 album “Sound of the Shadows”. It was composed by Jerry Lordan, who also penned the Shadows’ hits “Apache”, “Wonderful Land” and “Atlantis”.

My version is pretty much a straight cover, although I did play around a bit with the rhythms in the backing tracks.

February 27, 2018 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

All Day

“All Day” was the B-side to the Shadows 1962 number one UK hit, “Dance On”. Written by Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, it is a simple affair with only two chords tonic and dominant. The title apparently resulted from the band having to sit around and wait for a long period of time at the Abbey Road studios.

On the original recording, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch each played a bouzouki.  For my cover version I used the acoustic 12-strings on my Line6 Variax.

February 26, 2018 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

Guitar Tango

“Guitar Tango” was a #4 UK singles hit for the Shadows in 1962. My version is a cover.

February 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

Fandango

“Fandango” was the third track on the Shadows 1964 album, “Dance with the Shadows”. It was composed by Frank Perkinsan American song composer best known for “Stars Fell on Alabama” in addition to “Fandango”.

My instrumental arrangement is a cover the Shadows version.

February 24, 2018 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

Celestial Blue

“Celestial Blue” is an original instrumental 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.

February 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Warmed Up

“Warmed Up” is an original instrumental featuring three of my Nash guitars:

  1. Les Paul
  2. S-57
  3. PB-57  (not visible in the video)

Is this in a classic-rock or jazz-fusion style? You can decide which and let me know which you think!

February 21, 2018 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

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