“Peace Pipe” was originally released on the Shadow’s eponymous 1961 debut album. It’s interesting how Native American culture seemed to have a fascination for many Europeans — the Shadows recorded no fewer than three tracks based on”American Indian” themes. 18 more words
“It’s Only Love” was written as an album track for the movie “Help”. It was not released as a single. Paul McCartney has said that the Beatles knew the lyrics weren’t all that good, but didn’t care because it was a “filler” track. 16 more words
“Black is Black” was a #4 hit in the USA for the Spanish rock group “Los Bravos”. My arrangement is instrumental and mainly sticks the the feel of the original recording, except I turned the bridge into a shuffle.
“Norwegian Wood” is one of the more compelling tracks from the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul”. As always, it is the combination of words and music that together make the original so great, but the melody, harmony and rhythm allow the music to stand alone very well — also typical of the Beatles work.