Posts filed under ‘Acoustic’

Danza de la Sombra

“Danza de la Sombra” 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 the Shadows.

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January 14, 2019 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

Cantina Sombra

“Cantina Sombra” 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 the Shadows.

January 2, 2019 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

Soulful Strut

The instrumental “Soulful Strut” peaked at #3, selling a million copies with the gold record awarded by the RIAA in January 1969, less than 3 months after the track’s release in 1968. The original artists were Young-Holt Unlimited (also known as Young-Holt Trio), who were from Chicago. Drummer Isaac “Redd” Holt and bassist Eldee Young were formerly members of Ramsey Lewis’ jazz trio.

As far as I can tell, the Ventures never covered this huge hit, although it was normally their practice to do their own versions of popular instrumentals.

So, I thought I’d give it a try for them. However, I did it in early 60’s surf-rock style, which probably would not have been their approach in 1969 or 70.

Whatever. Let’s file this one under my heading of “Anachronistic Surf Rock”.

December 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

Ten Seconds to Heaven

“Ten Seconds to Heaven” is based on “Stranger in Paradise”, which in turn was taken from music composed by Alexander Borodin (1833–1887).  “Stranger in Paradise” was from the 1953 musical “Kismet”.

“Ten Seconds to Heaven” was released in 1965 by the Ventures as the “B-Side” to their single “Bird Rocker”, which was based on music by Tchaikovsky. It also appeared on the 1965 album, “The Ventures Knock Me Out”.

My version is more of an adaptation of the Ventures’ approach than a cover.

November 27, 2018 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

The Lute Number

“The Lute Number” was one of five tracks on the Shadows 1964 EP “Rhythm and Greens”. As the title suggests, the song has a Renaissance feel reminiscent of “Greensleeves”. Songwriting credit is shared by all four members of the group.

November 20, 2018 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Hodad Hubba

“Hodad Hubba” 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.

November 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

The Blue Wave

“The Blue Wave” 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.

November 13, 2018 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

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