Cheap Phil’s Sunset Ride

“Cheap Phil’s Sunset Ride” is an original instrumental intended to sound like something the Ventures might have done in the early to mid 1960s. It is also intended to sound similar to the sound track of a Western.

August 30, 2022 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

La Califfa

This is my arrangement of the main theme from the 1970 movie “La Califfa” which was composed by Ennio Morricone. The film was an Italian language social drama film written and directed by Alberto Bevilacqua. It starred actress Romy Schneider.

August 29, 2022 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Kicks

This is my instrumental cover of “Kicks”, which was Paul Revere and the Raiders first top-10 hit. Composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, it was originally intended for the Animals, but Eric Burdon turned it down. Subsequently recorded by Paul Revere and the Raiders, it peaked at #4 in the USA in 1966.

August 28, 2022 at 8:25 am Leave a comment

Once Again

“Once Again” is an original instrumental ballad.

August 27, 2022 at 7:58 am Leave a comment

I’m Out of Dreams

“I’m Out of Dreams” is an original instrumental ballad.

August 26, 2022 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

Forget About It

“Forget About It” is an original instrumental intended to sound like so,ething the Ventures might have done in the mid to late 1960s.

August 25, 2022 at 7:13 am Leave a comment

Where are the Dreams

“Where are the Dreams” is an original instrumental ballad.

August 24, 2022 at 7:18 am Leave a comment

Phil’s Phunk

“Phil’s Phunk” is an original, 12-bar blues instrumental intended to evoke the feel of a mid 1960s Ventures album track used to “fill out” an album or serve as a “B-side”. Both the Ventures and Shadows discographies are full of tracks like this. In many, many cases, I actually prefer these tracks to the “featured” ones.

August 23, 2022 at 7:11 am Leave a comment

Third Man Theme

This is my cover of the “Third Man Theme” – also known as the “Harry Lime Theme”, which was composed and performed by Anton Karas for the 1949 film noir movie “The Third Man”. Originally played on a zither, the song is harmonically and melodically fairly simple — and is/was fairly well-known. However, the Ventures never released a version, and the Shadows didn’t until 1980.

August 21, 2022 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

Venturing South

“Venturing South” is an original instrumental primarily in a Southern rock style, with some Ventures influence as well.

August 20, 2022 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

When Will There Be Hope

“When Will There Be Hope” is an original instrumental ballad.

August 19, 2022 at 7:58 am Leave a comment

Women, Pickups, and Beer

“Women, Pickups, and Beer” is an original instrumental in a Country style.

August 18, 2022 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

I Wonder What Might Happen

“I Wonder What Might Happen” is an original instrumental ballad.

August 17, 2022 at 7:21 am Leave a comment

Eleuthera

“Eleuthera” is an original instrumental with a bit of a Caribbean lilt. It is also intended to sound similar to something the Ventures might have done in the mid 1960s.

August 16, 2022 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

Little Town Flirt

This is my instrumental cover of “Little Town Flirt”, which was a top-20 hit for Del Shannon in 1962. Composed by Shannon and Maron McKenzie, it also charted in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and England. As Shannon’s popularity endured longer in England than it did in the USA, my arrangement of the song is an attempt to sound similar to how the Shadows might have treated it in the early 1960s.

August 15, 2022 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

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