The Ventures Play the Greatest Instrumental Hits

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Recorded between 1996 and 2000 although the liner notes refer to the version of "Hawaii Five-O" having been started in the mid-'80s, this set is largely devoted to covers of instrumental hits of the late '50s and early '60s, although remakes of the Ventures' own two biggest hits "Walk, Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O" are present. Otherwise, the track list looks a little like a mix tape of some of the biggest instrumental songs from the time when the Ventures were at their peak: "Rebel Rouser," "Apache," "Peter Gunn," "Bongo Rock," "Honky Tonk," "Sleep Walk," "Tequila," "Green Onions," "James Bond Theme," "Secret Agent Man." Original members Bob Bogle and Don Wilson ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Recorded between 1996 and 2000 although the liner notes refer to the version of "Hawaii Five-O" having been started in the mid-'80s, this set is largely devoted to covers of instrumental hits of the late '50s and early '60s, although remakes of the Ventures' own two biggest hits "Walk, Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O" are present. Otherwise, the track list looks a little like a mix tape of some of the biggest instrumental songs from the time when the Ventures were at their peak: "Rebel Rouser," "Apache," "Peter Gunn," "Bongo Rock," "Honky Tonk," "Sleep Walk," "Tequila," "Green Onions," "James Bond Theme," "Secret Agent Man." Original members Bob Bogle and Don Wilson are still on hand, though original guitarist Nokie Edwards is only credited as a "guest" artist, and the late Mel Taylor is replaced by his son Leon Taylor on some tracks the precise ones aren't specified. This has all the hallmarks of being an uninspired rehash of a band's glory days, but it actually sounds surprisingly good, though certainly no significant ground is broken and you'd be better off with collections of the original recordings whether by the Ventures or others. There's no concession to inappropriate modernized production -- it sounds like the Ventures, the lean, hungry, reverbed guitar sound to the forefront. These are pretty energetic and capable renditions, though perhaps the only mild surprise in the track selection is "Tall Cool One" by the Wailers which only just made the Top Forty in 1959, the Northwest group that helped inspire the Ventures when they began.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2002
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206639025
  • Catalog Number: 066390

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walk, Don't Run (2:09)
  2. 2 Let's Go (2:18)
  3. 3 Rebel Rouser (2:43)
  4. 4 Apache (2:58)
  5. 5 Peter Gunn (3:44)
  6. 6 Tall Cool One (2:25)
  7. 7 Lullaby of the Leaves (2:02)
  8. 8 Bongo Rock (2:59)
  9. 9 Sleep Walk (2:25)
  10. 10 Honky Tonk (5:33)
  11. 11 Tequila (3:27)
  12. 12 Wheels (1:57)
  13. 13 Green Onions (2:35)
  14. 14 James Bond Theme (3:51)
  15. 15 Secret Agent Man (2:54)
  16. 16 Hawaii Five-O (1:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Ventures Primary Artist
Nokie Edwards Guitar
Don Wilson Rhythm Guitar
Bob Bogle Guitar, Bass Guitar
David Carr Synthesizer, Keyboards
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Dino Soldo Saxophone
Gerry McGee Guitar, Bass Guitar
Leon Taylor Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Mac Wiseman Executive Producer
The Ventures Arranger, Producer
Neil Norman Producer
Don Wilson Producer
Jeff Baxter Producer
Brant Biles Engineer
Bob Bogle Producer
David Carr Arranger
Craig Nepp Engineer
Phil Sloan Composer
Mel Taylor Producer
Biff Vincent Engineer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Paul Erickson Engineer
Mon Agranet Engineer
Traditional Composer
Leon Taylor Producer
Rick Hackley Engineer
George Tsing Engineer
Fiona Taylor Executive Producer
Dangel Composer
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