Posts filed under ‘Ventures’

Men in Grey Suits

“Men in Grey Suits” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like surf rock or the Ventures.

August 13, 2020 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

Venture a Guess

“Venture a Guess” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like the Ventures.

August 6, 2020 at 7:53 am Leave a comment

Let’s Twist Again

This is my Ventures-inspired instrumental cover of “Let’s Twist Again”, which was written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell, and released as a single by Chubby Checker. One of the biggest hit singles of 1961, it reached No.8 on the U.S. Billboard pop chart and No.2 in the U.K. in February. The song refers to the Twist dance craze and Checker’s 1960 single “The Twist”, a U.S. No.1 single in 1960.

The Ventures included a version on “Twist with the Ventures” their fifth studio album, released in 1962 on Dolton Records.  The album consists mostly of instrumental versions of popular dance tunes from the late 1950s to early 1960s, with a couple of original compositions. It was on the charts for 29 weeks and it peaked at # 24.

August 4, 2020 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

Más Cencerro

“Más Cencerro” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals such as the Ventures did. In particular, it is an attempt to create a riff-based track such as those often written by the band members to fill out an album which otherwise probably featured covers of popular tunes of the day.

July 30, 2020 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

The Merciless Waves

“The Merciless Waves” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like surf rock or the Ventures.

July 14, 2020 at 7:17 am Leave a comment

Filler Up

“Filler Up” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like surf rock or the Ventures. In particular, it is an homage to the “filler cuts” typically written by the band members to fill out an album which otherwise usually featured covers of popular tunes of the day.

July 9, 2020 at 7:22 am Leave a comment

Riff-a-Billy

“Riff-a-Billy” is an original instrumental intended to be in the early 1960s style of the Ventures.

July 2, 2020 at 7:47 am Leave a comment

Kimono Be Blonde

“Kimono Be Blonde” is an original instrumental intended to be in the early 1960s style of the Ventures. I set out to create a 12-bar-based rocker that would hopefully be similar to something the band members would have written themselves. The title “Kimono Be Blonde” is an anagram of “Bob Don Nokie Mel”.

June 30, 2020 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

Blackout

“Blackout” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like surf rock or the Ventures.

June 23, 2020 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Hotel California

This is my instrumental cover of the Eagles’ hit “Hotel California”.

It is the title track from the Eagles’ album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics). The Eagles’ original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh.

My arrangement rocks things up a bit and was intended, at least somewhat, to imagine how the Ventures might have handled it.

June 6, 2020 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

Hodad Lockdown

“Hodad Lockdown” is an original instrumental intended to evoke the early 1960s style of the Ventures and surf rock.

May 26, 2020 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

The Hungry Hodad

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May 19, 2020 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Cowboy Chords

“Cowboy Chords” is an original instrumental intended to evoke the style of the Ventures early 1960’s “country” numbers.

May 17, 2020 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

The Bat

This is my cover of “The Bat”, which was the opening track n the Ventures 1964 album, “Ventures in Space”.  It was composed by Lou Forbes  as the title theme for the 1959 film “The Bat”, which starred Vincent Price.

May 14, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Invaders from Uranus

“Invaders from Uranus” 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.

May 12, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

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