Posts filed under ‘Shadows’

Celestial Blue

“Celestial Blue” is an original instrumental composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is similar to the style of the Shadows.

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February 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Deep Purple

Deep Purple” was composed by pianist Peter DeRose in 1933. Originally instrumental, it was so popular that lyrics were added in 1938 by Mitchell Parish. In the following years it was successfully recorded by numerous artists.

In 1963, the brother and sister team of Nino Tempo and April Stevens released a version that went on to hold the number one position on the USA charts for twelve weeks.

In 1965, the Shadows included an instrumental version of the song on their album, “The Sound of The Shadows”. This is the basis for my rendition, which is not a straight cover.

February 13, 2018 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Zambesi

“Zambesi”, written by South African musician Nico Carstens, was covered by the Shadows on the 1964 album “Dance with the Shadows”. My version is essentially a loose cover of their arrangement.

February 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

The High and the Mighty

“The High and the Mighty”, composed by Dimitri Tiomkin,  is the main theme from the 1954 movie of the same name. While the song did not win any awards, the film’s score won an Oscar for best music. The song, with lyrics by Ned Washington, peaked at #4 in 1954.

The Shadows included an instrumental version of the song on their 1964 album “Dance with the Shadows”. My version is essentially a cover of this — although it is not “note-for-note”.

February 11, 2018 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Saturday Shadow

“Saturday Shadow” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is similar to the style of the Shadows.

February 10, 2018 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

Blue Star

“Blue Star” was originally theme music for the television series, Medic, and was composed in 1955 by Victor Young under the title “The Medic Theme.” A set of lyrics were later added by Edward Heyman (who often worked with Young) and with those lyrics the new title was  “Blue Star,” a new copyright was issued on May 5, 1955.

The Shadows included an instrumental version of the song as the second track on their 1961 eponymous album.

My rendition is basically a cover of the Shadows version with some added instrumentation.

February 8, 2018 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

French Dressing

“French Dressing” was originally a track on the Shadows 1964 album, “Dance with the Shadows”. It was written by drummer Brian Bennett. It has a bit of a rockabilly fell.

My version is pretty much a cover with just a few minor changes.

February 7, 2018 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

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