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Gin’Iro No Michi ( 銀色の道 )

This is my instrumental cover of “Gin’Iro No Michi ( 銀色の道 )” – in English, “The Silver Road”, a song written by Japanese composer H. Miyagawa.

Both the Ventures and the Shadows recorded this song. The Shadows version presents the tune in a couple of different rhythmic settings. The Ventures version changes key for each repetition.

I felt that the meaning of the title “The Silver Road” warranted a galloping horse musical feel in my arrangement.

 

May 7, 2020 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

The Man From Uncle

This is my cover of the theme from “The Man From Uncle”, a tongue-in-cheek spy-fiction television series produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television and first broadcast on NBC. The series follows secret agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work for a secret international counterespionage and law-enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E. The series ran from September 22, 1964 until January 15, 1968. The theme was composed by Jerry Goldsmith.

April 30, 2020 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

Asteroid Belt

“Asteroid Belt” is an original instrumental intended to be similar to the style of the Ventures’ “outer-space” material. This particular sub-genre was kicked off by the Tornadoes hit “Telstar” in 1962. Quite a few copycats quickly followed.

The Ventures released “The Ventures in Space” in 1964, and was reportedly the first one which featured their use of Mosrite guitars. On this track I thought I’d try my Les Paul.

April 28, 2020 at 7:41 am Leave a comment

Interstellar

“Interstellar” is an original instrumental intended to be similar to the style of the Ventures’ “The Ventures in Space” album, though updated a bit to include some aspects of their 1965-66 material. This particular sub-genre was kicked off by the Tornadoes hit “Telstar” in 1962. Quite a few copycats quickly followed.

The Ventures released “The Ventures in Space” in 1964, and was reportedly the first one which featured their use of Mosrite guitars.

April 26, 2020 at 6:31 am Leave a comment

Kimi To Itsumademo 君といつまでも

This is my instrumental cover of “Kimi To Itsumademo (君といつまでも )” – in English, “Forever with You”, a song written by Japanese composer, musician and actor Kayama Yuzo in 1965.

As a guitarist, he took inspiration from the The Ventures, and performed surf music in the 1960s on a Mosrite guitar.  “Kimi to Itsumademo” is one of his best known  compositions, selling over two million copies.

Both the Ventures and the Shadows recorded this song. In my arrangement I tried to incorporate aspects of both versions.

 

April 24, 2020 at 5:52 am Leave a comment

Meteorite

“Meteorite” is an original instrumental intended to be similar to the style of the Ventures’ “outer-space” material. This particular sub-genre was kicked off by the Tornadoes hit “Telstar” in 1962. Quite a few copycats quickly followed.

The Ventures released “The Ventures in Space” in 1964, and was reportedly the first one which featured their use of Mosrite guitars.

 

April 12, 2020 at 6:29 am Leave a comment

Black Sand Beach

This is my cover of “Black Sand Beach”, an instrumental originally a released by the Ventures in 1967 on an album for the Japanese market entitled “Pops in Japan”. The song was composed by “Dan Kosaku”, whose real name was Yuzo Kayama — a Japanese popular musician, singer-songwriter and actor.

As a guitarist, he took inspiration from the  The Ventures, and performed  in the 1960s with using a Mosrite guitar.

The Ventures re-did the song in 1981 as the “B-side” to the single “Surfin’ and Spyin'” and called it “Showdown at Newport”.

April 8, 2020 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

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