On Stage

On Stage

by The Ventures
     
 

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So just how live is On Stage? Coming from an era when a remarkable number of "in concert" albums were actually cut in the studio with crowd noises overdubbed after the fact, it's hard to say if this 1965 release really was recorded during live Ventures engagements in Japan, England, and the United States, as the liner notes claim. It's clear the wildly…  See more details below

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So just how live is On Stage? Coming from an era when a remarkable number of "in concert" albums were actually cut in the studio with crowd noises overdubbed after the fact, it's hard to say if this 1965 release really was recorded during live Ventures engagements in Japan, England, and the United States, as the liner notes claim. It's clear the wildly enthusiastic audience has been at least partially faked, especially on the tracks from Japan (either someone used a tape loop of crowd sounds or there was an especially eccentric audience member who let out the very same high-pitched ascending whistle every two seconds), and the performances here don't sound at all different than the Ventures did in the studio, in terms of both technique and production. But if this was the product of three nights on-stage or a couple days in the studio, On Stage still sounds like one of the greatest of all instrumental bands reveling in the mastery of its craft. The guitar work is lean, precise, and full of fire, the drumming is as reliable as the atomic clock but a lot more exciting, and together these guys bring something fresh and invigorating to everything they tackle, which includes an eclectic batch of covers (encompassing the Surfaris' "Wipe Out" and Duke Ellington's "Caravan") and trademark originals such as "Pedal Pusher" and "Driving Guitars." Listening to On Stage, one marvels at the effortless perfection of this band, as Don Wilson, Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, and Mel Taylor lock in and ride these songs like an endless wave; whether the cheering is 100 percent authentic or enhanced in the studio, this music certainly deserves a big round of applause.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2012
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771629326
catalogNumber:
6293
Rank:
70388

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ventures   Primary Artist
Nokie Edwards   Bass Guitar,Lead
Don Wilson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bob Bogle   Bass Guitar,Lead
Mel Taylor   Drums

Technical Credits

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Eldee Young   Composer
Nokie Edwards   Composer
Don Wilson   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Bob Bogle   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Duke Ellington   Composer
John Smith   Composer
M. Taylor   Composer
Mel Taylor   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Ron Wilson   Composer
Bob Berryhill   Composer
Pat Connolly   Composer
Jim Fuller   Composer
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Milton Leeds   Composer
Berryhill   Composer
Korsakov   Composer
Connolly   Composer

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