Posts filed under ‘Ventures’

The Swingin’ Creeper

This is my cover of “The Swingin’ Creeper”, which was originally a track on the Ventures 1965 album, “Ventures A Go Go”. Songwriting credit is shared by all four members of the group at that time, Don Wilson, Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards and Mel Taylor. It was also used as the “B” side for the 1965 single “Pedal Pusher”, which did not chart. The prominent organ part is not atypical for Ventures during this period. Although a “guitar” band, many of their mid-sixties and later tracks utilized keyboards. And from 1969 – 1978, a keyboardist was a permanent part of their lineup.

 

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May 26, 2019 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

The Homeless Hodad

“The Homeless Hodad” is an original instrumental intended to be in a mid-1960s surf-rock, Ventures style.

May 16, 2019 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Haunted Hodads

“Haunted Hodads” is an original instrumental intended to be in a 1960s surf-rock, Ventures style.

 

April 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

When None Remain

“When None Remain” is an original instrumental intended to evoke the style of early 1960s surf-rock and the Ventures. It is a “slow dance” tune.

March 22, 2019 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

Hodad Hustle

“Hodad Hustle” is an original instrumental intended to be in a 1960s surf-rock/Ventures style.

March 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Speed Bag

“Speed Bag” is an original instrumental in the 1960s guitar rock/Ventures style. It is intended to be a number that would feature the drummer.

March 19, 2019 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

The Lonely Surfer

“The Lonely Surfer” was a top-40 single and album title track in 1963 for Jack Nitzsche.  The Ventures waited until the 1990s to do an arrangement.

You may not have heard of Jack Nitzsche as a leader, but he had an enormous career in popular music.

He was a major contributor to Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”, working as an arranger on some of Spector’s greatest productions. He played keyboards on numerous mid-1960s sessions by the Rolling Stones, and did choral arrangements for that group’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

He was involved with Neil Young recordings as producer, arranger, and keyboardist. He co-wrote the classic “Needles and Pins.” He arranged and produced for everyone from Tim Buckley, Lou Christie, the Walker Brothers, and Marianne Faithfull to the Monkees, Lesley Gore, the Neville Brothers, and Graham Parker.

And he was one of the most respected soundtrack composers of the late twentieth century, working on the scores to PerformanceOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestBlue CollarAn Officer and a Gentleman, and The Crossing Guard.

February 12, 2019 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

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