Posts filed under ‘Ventures’

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

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

Asteroid Belt

“Asteroid Belt” 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. On this track I thought I’d try my Les Paul.

April 28, 2020 at 7:41 am Leave a comment

Interstellar

“Interstellar” is an original instrumental intended to be similar to the style of the Ventures’ “The Ventures in Space” album, though updated a bit to include some aspects of their 1965-66 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.

April 26, 2020 at 6:31 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

The Last Flowers of Autumn ( 秋の最後の花 )

“The Last Flowers of Autumn ( 秋の最後の花 )” is an original instrumental intended to be similar to the style of the material the Ventures wrote and recorded in the early 1970s primarily for the Japanese market.

The Ventures were enormously popular in Japan in the 1960s and 70s, outselling all other foreign artists there, including the Beatles.

The Ventures current line-up still tours Japan annually. 

April 21, 2020 at 6:10 am Leave a comment

Pagoda Blossom

“Pagoda Blossom” is an original instrumental intended to be similar to the style of the material the Ventures wrote and recorded in the early 1970s primarily for the Japanese market.

The Ventures were enormously popular in Japan in the 1960s and 70s, outselling all other foreign artists there, including the Beatles.

The Ventures current line-up still tours Japan annually. 

April 14, 2020 at 6:17 am Leave a comment

Meteorite

“Meteorite” 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.

 

April 12, 2020 at 6:29 am Leave a comment

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