Posts filed under ‘Garage Rock’

The Boys (and the Girls)

The Boys was a 1962 British courtroom drama film, directed by Sidney J. Furie, with a screenplay by Stuart Douglass, and starring Robert Morley.

In the film, a night watchman at a garage is found murdered, and four “teddy boys” are put on trial for the crime. Witnesses and suspects give differing accounts of the lead-up to the crime, and the truth eventually emerges.

The Shadows recorded the soundtrack for the film. In 1962, four tracks from the movie (including “The Boys” and “The Girls”) were released on an EP in the UK ; it was number one for three weeks there. In Australia, “The Boys” was paired with “The Girls” as a single and topped the charts there.

Here is my versions of “The Boys” and right below it, “The Girls”.

 

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December 11, 2017 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

Midnight

Slow Dance Time. “Midnight” was the “B” side of the Shadows 1961 hit “FBI”. Penned by guitarists Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, it is pretty obvious that they were inspired by Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk”. My version is basically a cover of the original.

December 8, 2017 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Silent Night

Silent Night” is probably the single most popular Christmas carol ever. The song has been recorded by a huge number of artists from every possible music genre. The 1935 version sung by Bing Crosby is the third best-selling single of all-time.

The story of the carol is pretty well-known:

The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf,  Austria. A young priest, Father Joseph Mohr, had written the lyrics of the song “Stille Nacht” in 1816. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Franz Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the Christmas Eve mass, as the church’s organ was not functioning.

My instrumental arrangement is in the style of the Shadows.

December 7, 2017 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road” was written and first recorded by John D. Loudermilk in 1960. Released on Columbia Records, it was not a hit for him, achieving only minor chart success in Australia. Other artists, however, immediately began recording and performing the song.

The English group The Nashville Teens’ garage/blues rock rendering was produced by Mickie Most with the same tough-edged-pop feel that he brought to The Animals’ hits. In this version, “Tobacco Road” was a trans-Atlantic pop hit in 1964, reaching number 6 on the UK singles chart and number 14 on the U.S. singles chart.

“Tobacco Road” has been performed by a great number of other artists. Notable renderings include Lou Rawls,  Jefferson Airplane, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, Eric Burdon & War, Spooky Tooth, Status Quo, Shocking Blue, David Lee Roth, Blues Magoos, Bobbie Gentry, Rare Earth, and Jimi Hendrix.

December 3, 2017 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

Silent Night

This is my first new arrangement of the 2017 holiday season. The Allman Brothers Band never made a Christmas album. Here is an arrangement of “Silent Night” in Southern Rock style.

November 29, 2017 at 4:16 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

Fleeting Feather

“Fleeting Feather” is an original, instrumental composition which blends several of the styles that have influenced my work — a Hendrix-inspired rhythm guitar part, keyboard parts reminiscent of the Allman brothers, and a cleanish lead part with Hank Marvin touches (and some Allman brothers style dual leads).

The resulting final product has quite a country feel.

 

November 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

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