Posts filed under ‘Classic/Nylon String’

The Last Flowers of Autumn ( 秋の最後の花 )

“The Last Flowers of Autumn ( 秋の最後の花 )” is an original instrumental intended to be similar to the style of the material the Ventures wrote and recorded in the early 1970s primarily for the Japanese market.

The Ventures were enormously popular in Japan in the 1960s and 70s, outselling all other foreign artists there, including the Beatles.

The Ventures current line-up still tours Japan annually. 

April 21, 2020 at 6:10 am Leave a comment

Pagoda Blossom

“Pagoda Blossom” is an original instrumental intended to be similar to the style of the material the Ventures wrote and recorded in the early 1970s primarily for the Japanese market.

The Ventures were enormously popular in Japan in the 1960s and 70s, outselling all other foreign artists there, including the Beatles.

The Ventures current line-up still tours Japan annually. 

April 14, 2020 at 6:17 am Leave a comment

Don’t Think Twice

This is my instrumental cover of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right“, a song written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and released on the 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. It has been covered by so many artists that I won’t bother to try to list them.

My arrangement is a tribute to the great Gerry McGee, who passed away while on tour in Japan in 2019. Gerry frequently performed this song with the Ventures and in his own concerts.

March 22, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Classical Gas

This is my arrangement for two guitars of the 1968 instrumental hit “Classical Gas”. It was composed and originally performed by Mason Williams with instrumental backing by members of the Wrecking Crew.

Originally named “Classical Gasoline”, the tune was envisioned to be “fuel” for the classical guitar repertoire. The title was later inadvertently shortened by a music copyist.

Williams was the head writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour at the time of the piece’s release and premiered the composition on the show.

“Classical Gas” was frequently performed by both Nokie Edwards and Gerry McGee live during concerts by the Ventures as well as in their own solo concerts.

March 17, 2020 at 6:25 am Leave a comment

Reflections in a Palace Lake

This is my cover of “Reflections in a Palace Lake”, originally by released the Ventures in the early 1970s for the Japanese market. Songwriting credit goes to Bob Bogle, Don Wilson, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor and John Durrill.

I transcribed and recorded this tune as a tribute to the great Gerry McGee, who passed away while on tour in Japan in 2019.

March 12, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Stranger in Midosuji

This is my cover of “Stranger in Midosuji”, originally by released the Ventures in the early 1970s for the Japanese market. Songwriting credit goes to Bob Bogle, Don Wilson, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor and John Durrill.

I transcribed and recorded this tune as a tribute to the great Gerry McGee, who passed away while on tour in Japan in 2019.

March 10, 2020 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

A la nanita nana

“A la nanita nana” is a traditional Christmas carol that has become a popular lullaby in the Hispanic world. The composer was José Ramón Gomis, born in 1856 in Novelda, Alicante, Spain; the lyrics were written by Juan Francisco Muñoz y Pabón. The carol was published in 1904.

December 20, 2019 at 2:00 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

Poem

“Poem” first appeared on the 1968 album “Established 1958” which featured Shadows instrumentals as well as tracks with the Shadows backing up Cliff Richard. It was composed by Shadows drummer Brian Bennett.

August 20, 2018 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment


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