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Manchurian Beat

“Manchurian Beat” is a guitar rock instrumental that is based on a Russian folk tune. While “Manchurian” is normally associated with China, the geographic region actually incorporates what is now both Russian and Chinese territory on the far eastern borders of both — bordering North Korea.

In 1963 an instrumental rock group called “The Sounds” from Finland released what appears to be the first version of this as the “B-side” to another track. Seriously. I don’t make this stuff up.

The Ventures regularly performed a derivative arrangement live and recorded it as well, but never released it as a “regular” single or album track.

My version is based on the original concept.

July 25, 2018 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment


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