Posts filed under ‘Acoustic’

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

Surf Fugue

“Surf Fugue” is an original composition that combines a surf rock feel with a traditional fugue with its form and construction based on J.S. Bach.

It opens with a solo presentation of the fugue subject in the tonic key of A minor. This is followed by the subject in the dominant key of E minor, accompanied by a counter-subject. The exposition concludes with a return to the tonic, again with the counter subject. The subject is then stated in the relative major, C, without the counter-subject and harmonized in 6ths.

A brief development section follows: a sequence built from the first half of the fugue subject.

The piece concludes with a recap of the first three statements in A minor, E minor and A minor.

August 6, 2018 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Kick Out

“Kick Out” is another original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more complex 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.

July 29, 2018 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Nokie Dokie

“Nokie Dokie” is an original instrumental, and a tribute to Ventures lead guitarist Nokie Edwards. The tune has a country swing feel, as I have always felt there were strong country underpinnings to Nokie’s wonderful style.

July 22, 2018 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment


“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

Damaged Goods

“Damaged Goods” was the “B-Side” to the Ventures 1963 single “Ninth Wave”. It was never released on an album. It has a rather interesting story (I love interesting stories):

According to the book “Walk Don’t Run: the Story of the Ventures”, the Ventures were commissioned to provide the score for a movie entitled “Damaged Goods”. The group believed it was to be a remake of a 1954 action film, “Forbidden Cargo”,  about smuggling on the high seas. They renamed and re-recorded a previously unreleased track to be the title theme. Song writing credit was given to Bob Bogle’s wife Carol Bedford.

However, when the film was released, it turned out to be a remake of a 1937 film titled “Forbidden Desire” which was about a popular high-school athlete who contracts venereal disease from a prostitute.  Oopsie.

Needless to say the group was none too pleased about this and thus never promoted the track, which is actually pretty good.

My arrangement is based on the original.

July 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

Echo Boogie

“Echo Boogie” was the “B-side” to Jorgen Ingmann’s 1961 instrumental hit “Apache”.

June 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

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