The Track That Made Me Want to Play Guitar

October 3, 2016

This is the track that made me want to play the guitar (“Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” written by Vince Guaraldi). Even now I admire the playing on it.

In the mid-60s, Al Sherman (Alshire and Budget Sound, Inc.) produced the 101 Strings Orchestra records to sell at a budget price between $2.00 and $3.00.
Fantastically successful with sales of the physical product, he hired hundreds of players, arrangers and conductors over the years, all the top people, such as Nelson Riddle, Les Baxter, Tommy Tedesco, Al Caiola and so many others… I have often wished I could get my hands on his session records, if they still exist!

Muzak, yes, but the guitar playing is awesome — find me a dozen American players who are playing this lyrically today and I’ll buy you a flute of champagne, no, make that a bottle of Veuve Cliquot!


And one other track from that album, Guitars Galore, with four guitars and sensational solos. Very 1966!

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