Posts filed under ‘12-bar blues’

The Shuck

“The Shuck” is a rockabilly, country swing instrumental written by Don Markham and Gary Paxton and first released by Don Markham and the Marksmen in 1960. The Ventures included the tune on their second album “The Ventures”. Anyone who thinks the Ventures were just surf-rock should listen to this (and many other tracks) to hear how much they were influenced by country music and rockabilly.

My arrangement was very much inspired by the Ventures’ version but is not a straight cover.

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August 19, 2018 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

A Go Go Dancer

“A Go Go Dancer” was a track on the Ventures 1965 album “Ventures A Go Go”.

The same song with introductory motorcycle engine sounds was also called “Kickstand” and appeared as the “B” side to the 1967 single “Theme from the Wild Angels”.

August 8, 2018 at 3:18 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

Nothing Ventured

“Nothing Ventured” is another 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. With this one I tried to get a feel similar to the early 60’s style of surf rock and the Ventures.

June 4, 2018 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Wooly Bully

“Wooly Bully” was the Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs first and biggest hit. It was a worldwide success, selling three million copies and reaching No. 2 on the American Hot 100 chart in 1965. It stayed in the Hot 100 for 18 weeks, the longest time for any entry that year, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. It was Billboard’s “Number One Record of the Year” despite never reaching No. 1.

The Ventures included an instrumental version of the song on their 1965 album, “Ventures A Go-Go”. Considering that the lyrics of the original are both fairly unintelligible and nonsensical, it does seem a good candidate for an instrumental approach.

My arrangement was inspired by the Ventures version but is not a cover.

 

May 21, 2018 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

One Mint Julep

“One Mint Julep” is a rhythm and blues song, written and composed by Rudy Toombs, that became a 1951 hit for the Clovers. Ray Charles’ 1961 instrumental version peaked at #8 on the charts in the USA.

This tune has been covered by numerous artists, both as a vocal and an instrumental. The Ventures’ 1964 version inspired my arrangement.

May 13, 2018 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

Hot Wings Blues

“Hot Wings Blues” is an original jazz/funk/fusion track. The bass line was inspired by Jaco’s work in “The Chicken”.

April 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

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