Posts filed under ‘Baritone Guitar’

The Lonely Surfer

“The Lonely Surfer” was a top-40 single and album title track in 1963 for Jack Nitzsche.  The Ventures waited until the 1990s to do an arrangement.

You may not have heard of Jack Nitzsche as a leader, but he had an enormous career in popular music.

He was a major contributor to Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”, working as an arranger on some of Spector’s greatest productions. He played keyboards on numerous mid-1960s sessions by the Rolling Stones, and did choral arrangements for that group’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

He was involved with Neil Young recordings as producer, arranger, and keyboardist. He co-wrote the classic “Needles and Pins.” He arranged and produced for everyone from Tim Buckley, Lou Christie, the Walker Brothers, and Marianne Faithfull to the Monkees, Lesley Gore, the Neville Brothers, and Graham Parker.

And he was one of the most respected soundtrack composers of the late twentieth century, working on the scores to PerformanceOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestBlue CollarAn Officer and a Gentleman, and The Crossing Guard.

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February 12, 2019 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

Razz Bari

“Razz Bari” is an original, early 1960’s-style, riff-driven instrumental rock track. It features a baritone guitar handling the lead part.

Duane Eddy frequently used baritone and 6-string bass guitars in his recordings. The Shadows also utilized a 6-string bass occasionally, typically in a very noticeable manner.

However, I have found no Ventures tracks that use baritone or 6-string bass as the lead instrument. Likely there are some out there that I just haven’t run across yet.

October 25, 2018 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Cue Ball

“Cue Ball” 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.

September 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

Caterpillar Crawl

“The Caterpillar Crawl” was released by The Strangers in the summer of 1959. Primarily a western states regional hit,  it reached the top 50 nationally.

June 28, 2018 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

The Last Ride

“The Last Ride” 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 60’s style of the Ventures — and of the theme song of a Western movie or TV show. My baritone guitar is featured here.

June 20, 2018 at 6:18 pm Leave a comment

Zero X Theme

The “Zero X Theme” was one of four tracks on the Shadows 1966 EP (Extended Play) 45 “Thunderbirds Are Go”.

“Thunderbirds Are Go” was also the title of a 1966 British science-fiction adventure film based on Thunderbirds, a 1960s television series starring marionette puppets and featuring scale model effects in a filming process dubbed “Supermarionation”. “Zero X” was one of the spacecraft in the movie.

The movie includes cameo appearances from puppets of real-life celebrities Cliff Richard and The Shadows, who also contributed to the musical score.

My baritone guitar is featured prominently in my version, which is pretty much a cover of the original.

May 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

(theme from) Silver City

The “(theme from) Silver City” was released by the Ventures on their 1961 album, “Colorful Ventures”. This album featured a color in every song title. It was also released as a single that year, but did not chart.

The music was written by composer/arranger/producer Hank Levine, and — though it sounds like it could be — it is not a Western movie theme.

My version is more an arrangement than a cover.

April 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

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