Moonlight Shadow

This is my instrumental cover of “Moonlight Shadow”, a song originally written and performed by English multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield, and released as a single in May 1983 by Virgin Records. It was Oldfield’s most successful single, reaching number one on a number of charts around Europe. The Shadows featured it as the title track on a 1986 album. This inspired my version.

July 30, 2021 at 5:29 am Leave a comment

Reconnaissance

“Reconnaissance” is an original instrumental intended to sound similar to one of my favorite guitar-rock sub-genres, “Space-Rock”. This style is exemplified by the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space”, and often features unusual chord changes and spacy musical effects.

July 30, 2021 at 5:28 am Leave a comment

Look For a Star

This is my instrumental arrangement of “Look For a Star”, originally performed by Garry Mills for the 1960 UK horror movie “Circus of Horrors.”

Composed by Tony Hatch, who later would write many hits including “Downtown” and “Call Me”, it reached #7 on the UK charts. When the movie was released in the U.S. there were several versions of the song quickly recorded, the main one being by Buzz Cason under the pseudonym “Garry Miles” (in order to capitalize on the success of Gary Mills’ UK original). Snuff Garrett produced the song and came up with the pseudonym. The strategy worked and the Garry Miles version reached #16 on the U.S. pop chart in 1960.

Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra released an instrumental version of the song in 1960 which reached #13 on the Cashbox chart and #19 on the U.S. pop chart.

It was never recorded by the Shadows, although it would seem to suit their style very well.

July 30, 2021 at 5:28 am Leave a comment

Facing West

This is my arrangement of “Facing West”, an instrumental composed by Pat Metheny, and originally released as the second track on his 1992 album “Secret Story”.

July 30, 2021 at 5:26 am Leave a comment

Boggled

“Boggled” is an original instrumental intended to sound like something the Ventures might have done in the early 1960s.

July 30, 2021 at 5:26 am Leave a comment

You Can’t Sit Down

This is my instrumental cover of “You Can’t Sit Down”. Originally an instrumental, it reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961 as performed by the Phil Upchurch Combo. In 1963, the Dovells released a vocal version which went to #3 on the charts. This is the version most of us (who are old enough) remember. The Ventures included a cover on their 1972 album, “Rock and Roll Forever”. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band frequently performed this live as an encore in their concerts starting in 1976.

July 17, 2021 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

You My Love

“You My Love” is an original instrumental intended to sound like a ballad the Shadows might have recorded in the early 1960s.

July 16, 2021 at 7:18 am Leave a comment

On the Rebound

This is my cover of “On the Rebound”, originally a hit (#4 US, #1 UK) for country pianist Floyd Cramer in 1961. Most of his hits were more in a ballad style like “Last Date”, but “On the Rebound”, produced by Chet Atkins, was a country-rocker.

July 15, 2021 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

The Rings of Saturn

“The Rings of Saturn” is an original instrumental intended to sound similar to one of my favorite guitar-rock sub-genres, “Space-Rock”. This style is exemplified by the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space”, and features unusual chord changes and spacy sound effects.

July 15, 2021 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

Turbo Jet

“Turbo Jet” is an original instrumental intended as a tribute to first bassist with the Shadows, Jet Harris.

July 9, 2021 at 7:25 am Leave a comment

Six out of Seven

“Six out of Seven” is an original instrumental intended to sound like something the Ventures might have done in the late 60s as guitarists like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix were changing playing styles. The Ventures were always very tuned in to where popular music was going.

July 8, 2021 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Here to Stay

This is my cover of “Here to Stay”, composed by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays and first appearing as the opening track on 1995 his album “We Live Here”.

July 3, 2021 at 8:39 am Leave a comment

A Day to Get Through

“A Day to Get Through” is an original instrumental ballad intended to sound similar to something the Shadows might have done in the 80s or 90s.

July 2, 2021 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

Flip Side Boogie

“Flip Side Boogie” is an original instrumental intended to sound like something the Ventures might have done in the early 1960s to serve as the “B-side” to a single.

July 1, 2021 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

O Pimentão

“O Pimentão” is an original instrumental influenced by the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

June 26, 2021 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

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