Posts filed under ‘Vintage Instrumentals’

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.

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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

Driftin’

“Driftin'” was released in 1959 by a British instrumental group known at the time in England as the Drifters. They would later that year change the group’s name from the Drifters to the Shadows — due to the name conflict with the American R&B/doo wop vocal group the Drifters.

The song is a 12-bar blues-derived, riff-based rocker written by lead guitarist Hank Marvin. My version is a fairly literal cover.

 

March 7, 2019 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Emanando de las Sombras

“Emanando de las Sombras” is an original instrumental intended to invoke the early 1960s style of the Shadows.

February 22, 2019 at 5:55 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

Hound Dog Gray

“Hound Dog Gray” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of and to pay tribute to The Ventures as the sounded in the early 1960s.

February 2, 2019 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

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