Posts filed under ‘Shadows’

I Will Say Goodbye

This is my instrumental cover of “I Will Say Goodbye”, with music by Michel Legrand. The original French title was “Je Vivrai Sans Toi”. For my arrangement, I tried giving it a setting in the style of the Shadows.

 

May 2, 2020 at 7:35 am Leave a comment

Theme from “The Proud Ones”

This is my cover of the theme from “The Proud Ones”, which was a 1956 Western film starring Robert Ryan, Virginia Mayo and Jeffrey Hunter. The theme was composed by Lionel Newman. A recording by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra was a top-40 hit in the summer of 1956.

Like many western movie themes, it fits into an instrumental guitar format quite naturally. However, I could find no instrumental guitar group recordings at all.

April 25, 2020 at 7:52 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

Even More Alone

“Even More Alone” is an original instrumental intended to be in the early 1960s style of the Shadows. The title and somber feel are the result of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts on so many. In particular I feel very sad for those who live alone and have to “socially distance” all by themselves.

April 20, 2020 at 6:31 am Leave a comment

Love Story

This is my instrumental cover of the theme from the 1970 film, “Love Story”, which was written and directed by Arthur Hiller. The theme was composed by Francis Lai, who also composed the well-known theme from the 1966 French movie, “A Man and a Woman”.

April 18, 2020 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Never the Same Again

“Never the Same Again” is an original instrumental intended to be in the early 1960s style of the Shadows. The title and somber feel are the result of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts on so many.

April 13, 2020 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

For the Boys

“For the Boys” is an original instrumental intended to be in the early 1960s style of the Shadows.

March 20, 2020 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

In the Mood

This is my cover of “In the Mood“, a popular big band-era jazz standard recorded by American bandleader Glenn Miller. A No. 1 hit, it topped the charts for 13 straight weeks in 1940 in the U.S.

My version is based on the Shadow’s version from their 1964 album “Dance With the Shadows”.

March 13, 2020 at 6:33 am Leave a comment

Zamboni

“Zamboni” is an original instrumental intended to be in the early 1960s style of the Shadows.

March 9, 2020 at 6:05 am Leave a comment

Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet

This is my cover of the “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet”, also known as “What is a Youth”. It is from the soundtrack for the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet and was composed by Nino Rota.

March 7, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Godfather Medley

This is my instrumental arrangement/medley of two of the most famous themes from “The Godfather” which was released in 1972, “The Godfather Waltz” and “Speak Softly Love”.

Both were composed by Italian composer Nino Rota, who is best known for his film scores, notably for the films of Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti. He also composed the music for two of Franco Zeffirelli’s Shakespeare films, and for the first two films of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy, receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II  in 1974.

February 29, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Albatross

This is my cover of the instrumental, “Albatross”, which was released in 1968 by Fleetwood Mac. It was composed by the group’s founder, Peter Green. Covered by the Shadows in 1980, the song has an “ambient” feel to it, which I have tried to preserve. Perhaps it was intended to convey a sense of the effortless flight of the wonderful birds.

February 21, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Pepper’s Theme

“Pepper’s Theme” is an original instrumental intended to be in the early 1960s style of the Shadows. The song commemorates our adoption of a beautiful 3-year-old female German Shepherd from our local animal shelter.

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January 31, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Shadow Run

“Shadow Run” is an original guitar instrumental intended to be similar to the early 1960s style of the Shadows.

January 27, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Five O’Clock Shadow

“Five O’Clock Shadow” is an original guitar instrumental intended to be similar to the early 1960s style of the Shadows.

January 24, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

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