Archive for July, 2018

Maroc 7

Maroc 7 was a 1967 British thriller film starring Gene Barry, Elsa Martinelli, Leslie Phillips, Denholm Elliott and Cyd Charisse. The screenplay concerns an international jewel thief who hatches a plan to go to Morocco and steal a valuable artifact.

The music for the film was  composed by Paul Ferris, produced by Norrie Paramor and performed by the Shadows. The single of the main theme (with Bombay Duck as the “B-side”) reached #24 on the UK singles chart.

My arrangement is based on the original Shadows recording, but without the orchestral backing. I tried to imagine a setting that might have been performed by just the four members live.

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July 20, 2018 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

Wild Child

“Wild Child” was originally a track in the Ventures 1966 album “Wild Things”. The album is notable in that the “filler” tracks written by the group are particularly good, and arguably superior to the “cover” songs.

“Wild Child” was prominently featured in The Wiseguy’s 1999 song Start the Commotion. The Wiseguy’s recording was used in a Mitsubishi television commercial, and in a promo for the Ally McBeal show.

My version is essentially a cover.

July 19, 2018 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

Wild Trip

“Wild Trip” was originally a track in the Ventures 1966 album “Wild Things”. The album is notable in that the “filler” tracks written by the group are particularly good, and arguably superior to the “cover” songs.

My version is a cover.

July 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

Gandy Dancer

“Gandy Dancer” was an “album” track on the Ventures 1962 album “Going to the Ventures Dance Party”. It was composed by rhythm guitarist Don Wilson and was actually a reworking of a tune called “Ventures Stomp” that the group recorded in 1961 but did not release. My version is a loose cover.

Gandy dancer is a slang term used for railroad workers in the United States.

July 17, 2018 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

Go Go Slow

“Go Go Slow” was a “filler” cut on the Ventures 1965 album, “Ventures A Go Go”. Songwriting credit is shared by all four members. My version is basically a cover, although I omitted the organ part that is in the original. Guitar purist, and all.

July 16, 2018 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

Sweet and Lovely

Sweet and Lovely” was written 1931, composed by Gus Arnheim, Charles N. Daniels, and Harry Tobias.

In 1962, the Ventures included a version on their album “Going to the Ventures Dance Party!” Their arrangement was based on Nino Tempo and April Stevens hot 100 hit from that same year, which bears very little resemblance to the jazz standard recorded by Les Paul and Ella Fitzgerald.

My version was inspired by the Ventures approach.

July 15, 2018 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

Taboo

“Taboo” was composed by Cuban singer and composer  (1910–1981) Margarita Lecuona, a cousin of Ernesto. It has been recorded many times, primarily by singers and big bands.

However, there are also rock versions by the Ventures and a Belgian guitar-rock group , the Jokers.

These inspired by arrangement.

July 9, 2018 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

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