Dick Dale – Misirlou

Dick-Dale-21“Misirlou” is the quintessential surf instrumental and Dick Dale’s sonic signature – or is that redundant? In any case, rock history acknowledges this tune as the first surf genre piece to feature the “wet” sound of Fender’s reverb unit. Coupled with Dale’s furious upside-down Strat attack through the newly designed, and immediate overdrive, 100-watt Dual Showman stacks, (and let’s not forget Dick’s own “surf trumpet”) it is absolute dynamite. For most, it’s the definitive surf sound.

“Misirlou” has unusual origins for a seminal piece in American rock. Its roots are in Middle Eastern music, and it was a 1940s pop hit in Turkey (and a Greek folk dance) two decades before Dick revived and reinvented the piece in 1962 – when he gave it a high energy twist by performing it on electric guitar with his band, the Del-Tones. It was rediscovered in the ’90s when it appeared as a leading cut from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.

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Glen Campbell (Jimmy Webb) – Galveston

This transcription and recording were underway when Glen Campbell recently passed away. These charts are authentic to the original recording with minimal embellishment. Oboe players aren’t always easy to come by, so the oboe part has been provided for either muted trumpet or alto sax.

RIP Glen Campbell.

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The Beatles – Carry That Weight

Simple but highly effective brass parts by Messrs Lennon & McCartney. I recorded this as a part of the Golden Slumbers medley from The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

Great video compilation by Shawn Hare aka stegokitty.

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