Posts filed under ‘Ventures’

The Hungry Hodad


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

Omoide No Nagisa

This is my instrumental cover of “Omoide No Nagisa ( 銀色の道 )” – in English, “Beach of Memories”, a song written by the Japanese team of Shigeki Torizuka and Kunihiko Kase. It was a vocal hit in Japan in 1967.

Both the Ventures and the Shadows recorded instrumental versions of this song for the Japanese market.

My arrangement is not based on either of those, but has a traditional 1960’s type feel.

May 11, 2020 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

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

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