Posts filed under ‘Shadows’

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

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

The Guardian

“The Guardian” 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.

November 9, 2017 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

The Last Shadow

“The Last 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.

October 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

Fading Shadows

“Fading Shadows” 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.

October 14, 2017 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

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