I have this time incorporated a mixture of Shadows and related titles together with a few unusual, and I hope, appealing ideas.
On the Shadows side I have recorded "Hats Off To Wally" and "Cowboy Cafe" which both gave Dave a bit of a hoot on the piano, plus "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" on which you can, if you wish, play a gentle bit of slide guitar.
In the Hank Marvin area I have recorded a backing track for the "Sleepwalk (Live)" version that Hank used to feature on his tours.
I thought it was now about time that I recorded some backing tracks for some of Jet's great six-string bass titles and have included "The Man With The Golden Arm" which again gives Dave a real blast on the keyboards and the 60's track "Big Bad Bass".
This was the point at which I decided to try a few different ideas. I have recorded a backing track for the George Fenton theme music from the old TV series "Bergerac". I always thought that piece of music to be extremely clever and something that could be applied as a complete guitar instrumental with the sax solo being replaced by a guitar improvisation - see what you think - I believe it works.
Other alternative ideas I have pursued are the Ventures version of "El Cumbanchero" which was recently suggested to me, the Les Reed Combo version of "Spanish Armada" of which I have recorded various alternative backing tracks so you can decide on which part or parts you wish to play. Finally I have recorded a backing track for the 70's hit "Morning Dance". This, as many of you will remember, was originally played on a sax (the name of the band was Spyro Gyra). I have replaced the sax with electric guitar and included a mix without the keyboard solos if you wish to make a guitar version of the whole thing. I know I say this every time but again my eternal thanks go to Dave Prickett for his unending keyboard skills and unswerving attention to detail in the recording of these CDs. Well I suppose I had better go and plan the next CD. I've just realised that will be Workout number 20 - perhaps I should think about planning a party! Ian
List of tracks on Workout CD 19+:
HATS OFF TO WALLY - Demonstration Track
HATS OFF TO WALLY - Backing Track + 2nd guitar (Key E)
HATS OFF TO WALLY - Backing Track (Key E)
THEME FROM "BERGERAC" TV SERIES - Demonstration Track
THEME FROM "BERGERAC" TV SERIES - Backing Track + 2nd guitar (Key Dm)
THEME FROM "BERGERAC" TV SERIES - Backing Track (Key Dm)
COWBOY CAFE - Demonstration Track
COWBOY CAFE - Backing Track (Key Em)
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD - Demonstration Track
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD - Backing Track (Key G)
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM - Demonstration Track
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM - Backing Track (Key Em/Gm)
SLEEPWALK (HANK PLAYS LIVE version) - Demonstration Track
SLEEPWALK (HANK PLAYS LIVE version)- Backing Track (Key C)
EL CUMBANCHERO - Demonstration Track
EL CUMBANCHERO - Backing Track (+ 2nd guitar) (Key Am)
EL CUMBANCHERO - Backing Track (Key Am)
BIG BAD BASS - Demonstration Track
BIG BAD BASS - Backing Track (Key G)
MORNING DANCE - Demonstration Track
MORNING DANCE - Backing Track + keyboard solo (Key F/F#)
MORNING DANCE - Backing Track (Key F/F#)
SPANISH ARMADA - Demonstration Track
SPANISH ARMADA - Backing Track + Six-string Bass (Key Gm)
SPANISH ARMADA - Backing Track - Six-string Bass (Key Gm)
SPANISH ARMADA - Backing Track - keyboard solo (Key Gm)
SPANISH ARMADA - Backing Track (Key Gm)
Ian McCutcheon - Lead guitar, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, guitar synthesizer, drum programming
Dave Prickett - Keyboards
40th Anniversary "Hank Marvin" Fender Stratocaster (no 35) (kindly loaned by Michael Sillett)
KCP Marvin Amplifier
Various Yamaha and Taylor acoustic guitars.
Fender Jazz Bass
Fender Jazz Fretless Bass
Burns Barracuda 6-string Bass
Roland Juno Di keyboard
Roland GR55 Guitar Synthesizer
Bob Saunders and Ian McCutcheon
Special thanks to the following for their support:
Charlie Hall, Pete Alden
Tony Hoffman (Tel: 01904 621761)
Trevor Byford ("Friends Of The Shadows Guitar Club" Tel: 01702 337075)
Ian Harper ("East Yorkshire Shadows Guitar Club" Tel: 01723 366811)
Warwick Shadows Guitar Club Tel: 01926 882762
Jenny and Derek Spicer, Brian Bowman, Lee Argent, Kevin Wooten, Phil Wolstenholme, Jon Malcolm, Richard Dubber, Dave Moore, Dick West, Alan Taylor, Michael Sillett, Alec Stanton.
Tony Clout (Producer of the music and tab for the "Shadows Workout" CDs) Website: www.tabman.co.uk
John Stallard - Cubby Hole Studio (videoclips etc) Tel: 01789 555750