Posts filed under ‘Movie Theme’

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.

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

The Green Leaves of Summer

“The Green Leaves of Summer” was composed by Dimitri Tiomkin with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song was written for the 1960 film The AlamoIt was performed in the film’s score by the vocal group The Brothers Four. In 1961 the song was nominated for an Academy Award.

The Ventures included an instrumental version of the song on their 1961 album “Colorful Ventures” — each track of which had a color in the title. While my instrumental arrangement was inspired by theirs, it is not a cover — and actually the arrangement is arguably more in the manner of Hank Marvin and the Shadows than the Ventures.

 

June 6, 2018 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

When I Fall in Love

When I Fall in Love” was written by Victor Young (music) and Edward Heyman (lyrics). It was first introduced in the 1952 film One Minute to Zero.  The song has become a standard, with many artists recording it, though the first hit version was sung by Doris Day released in July 1952.

My instrumental arrangement is in the style of a 60’s guitar rock group like the Shadows or Ventures.

May 20, 2018 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

Goldfinger

Goldfinger is the seventh novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, first published in 1959. The 1964 movie was the third of the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent.

The title song was composed by John Barry and with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. It was performed by Shirley Bassey for the film’s opening and closing title sequences, as well as the soundtrack album release. The single release of the song gave Bassey her only Billboard Hot 100 top forty hit, peaking in the Top 10 at No. 8 .

The song has been recorded instrumentally by the Ventures, Hank Marvin (of the Shadows) and the Blue Stingrays (actually members of Tom Petty’s backup band, the Heartbreakers).

My instrumental arrangement is not a cover of any of these, but tracks the original in a surf-rock style.

May 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Shooting Star

“Shooting Star” 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.

“Shooting Star” is the musical number performed by the marionettes of Cliff Richard and The Shadows in the movie. Originally a vocal, I have arranged it as an instrumental.

May 6, 2018 at 2:35 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

My Resistance is Low

“My Resistance is Low” is a 1951 song by American singer, songwriter and band leader Hoagy Carmichael. The song has proven to be extremely popular in the UK. In 1961, The Shadows included the song on their debut  1961 album.

The song is probably best known to American audiences for being in the closing sequence to the 1952 Jane Russell movie, The Las Vegas Story which was produced and directed by Howard Hughes.

My version is a cover of the Shadows arrangement.

April 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

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