Posts filed under ‘Psychedelic’

Steamroller

“Steamroller” is an original instrumental 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 late 60’s style of the Ventures.

In the late 1960s, Hendrix, Cream, the Beatles, the Who, and many others had pushed the boundaries of popular music. The Ventures evolved their approach so as to remain current with where popular music was going. This instrumental attempts to get that feel — sort of “Psychedelic Ventures”.

January 3, 2019 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love” was released as a non-album single in July 1967. It was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

The song captured the utopian sentiments of the Summer of Love era and topped singles charts in Britain, the United States and many other countries.

“All You Need Is Love” was later included on the US Magical Mystery Tour album. It also appears in a sequence in the Beatles’ 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine and on the accompanying soundtrack album.

My instrumental arrangement is in a classic rock style, which seems to get along well with much of the Beatles later material.

November 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Hey Joe

“Hey Joe” is one of a handful of garage band standards that virtually every guitarist in the world learns at some point. It was first commercially recorded by The Leaves, who had a hit with it in 1966. The best known version is probably the one I am honoring here, by Jimi Hendrix.

Authorship of the song is somewhat in dispute. The record label for Hendrix’ version credits Dino Valenti (whose real name was Chet Powers, composer of “Let’s Get Together” and founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service). However, “Hey Joe” was registered for copyright in the U.S. in 1962 by Billy Roberts — an American songwriter and musician, born August 16, 1936 in Greenville, South Carolina.

 

November 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

Manic Depression

“Manic Depression” was composed by Jimi Hendrix and released on his first album, Are You Experienced. My version is instrumental but otherwise follows the original.

 

November 6, 2017 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

Little Wing

“Little Wing” was composed by Jimi Hendrix and released on his 1968 second album, Axis: Bold as Love. It has been covered by artists such as Sting and Eric Clapton. Stevie Ray Vaughn has a notable instrumental version. My version is also instrumental, but is a quite a bit more subdued.

 

November 5, 2017 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Baby, You’re a Rich Man

“Baby, You’re a Rich Man” was jointly written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released by the Beatles in 1967 as the “B” side to “All You Need is Love”. It was also included in their “Magical Mystery Tour” album and also in the “Yellow Submarine” film.

My instrumental arrangement is in a classic rock vein, and is a little more on the funk side than the original.

October 30, 2017 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Normalization

“Normalization” is an original composition in a “Classic Rock” style. This particular track is a homage to the “art-rock” style — pioneered by bands like Deep Purple, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes — that incorporated elements of classical music.

October 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Multiplicity

“Multiplicity” is an original instrumental in a late-60’s, “classic rock” style. In addition to the guitar parts I also played the bass part. The drums and organ are sequenced from “loops”.

October 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

Making Do

“Making Do” is an original instrumental in a late-60’s, “classic rock” style that might remind you of early Santana. In addition to the guitar part I also played the bass part. The drums and organ are sequenced from “loops”.

October 23, 2017 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

More with Les

“More with Les” is an original instrumental in a late-60’s, “classic rock” style that might remind you of early Deep Purple. In addition to the guitar parts I also played the bass part. The drums and organ are sequenced from “loops”.

October 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

Thrown for a Loop

“Thrown for a Loop” is an original instrumental in a late-60’s, “classic rock” style that might remind you of early Santana. In addition to the guitar part I also played the bass part. The drums and organ are sequenced from “loops”.

October 21, 2017 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Iron Butterfly Theme

Iron Butterfly was one of the pioneers of what would become heavy metal. Their 1968 debut album “Heavy” featured the “Iron Butterfly Theme” as its closing track.

October 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Shapes of Things

“Shapes of Things” was released as a single by the Yardbirds in early 1966. It is considered groundbreaking in a few ways. In particular Jeff Beck’s feedback-enhanced, Eastern-sounding solo has many critics claiming this as the first “psychedelic” track.

My instrumental arrangement is based on the original.

 

October 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Exploration in Terror

“Exploration in Terror” is another track from the 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was written by members Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Nokie Edwards. The original recording featured a very prominent Tam-Tam (Gong) throughout. My arrangement includes a toned-down role for this distinctive sound.

May 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

4th Dimension

“4th Dimension” was a track on the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was written by Gary Hodge and Terry Wadsworth. Interestingly, the tune was first released as a single in 1960 on the Dolton label (the Ventures’ label as well) called “Werewolf” by a surf-rock band called “The Frantics”. The original version is very good and can be found on Youtube.

Its spooky demeanor apparently led to its inclusion on “Ventures in Space” but since werewolves aren’t really about outer space, a new title was needed.

My arrangement is similar to both the Ventures’s and Frantic’s versions.

 

May 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

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