Posts filed under ‘Psychedelic’


“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” 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

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