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In the Vaults, Vol. 3
     

In the Vaults, Vol. 3

by The Ventures
 

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Although the Ventures' popularity in the U.S. peaked in the early to mid-'60s, they've remained extremely popular overseas, particularly in Japan, and it's been enough to keep this versatile instrumental group going after 40-plus years. This is the third in a series of vault releases from the band, and it won't surprise anyone, although

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Although the Ventures' popularity in the U.S. peaked in the early to mid-'60s, they've remained extremely popular overseas, particularly in Japan, and it's been enough to keep this versatile instrumental group going after 40-plus years. This is the third in a series of vault releases from the band, and it won't surprise anyone, although the variety of genres -- including country, psychedelic rock, funk, disco, reggae, and Latin -- that the combo rolls into its instrumental guitar palette is pretty impressive. Among the highlights here are single (as opposed to album) mixes of vintage surf tunes like "The Ninth Wave" and the classic "Kickstand," indescribable rambles like "The Chase" (which sounds like nothing so much as an interstellar polka masquerading as a drag race), the heavily phased and psychedelic "Dreams of Yesterday," the pretty "Wait for Me," and the punchy, aggressive "Bullet Train." Die-hard fans will be happy to see both sides of the group's privately issued first single here from 1960, "Cookies & Coke" b/w "The Real McCoy." Although the Ventures have essentially been guitarists Don Wilson, Bob Bogle, and Nokie Edwards (Edwards and Bogle have both handled bass at various junctures) down through the years, it is amazing to realize how many other fine musicians have worked with the band at different points, including Steve Douglas, Larry Knechtel, Tommy Tedesco, David Gates, Billy Strange, Leon Russell, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Red Rhodes, and Sneaky Pete Kleinow, not to mention the various group drummers. There's something to be said for longevity, particularly in the narrow-yield genre of instrumental pop, and the Ventures -- who have outlasted the Beatles by some 30 years -- have done it by offering the same guitar-based template, although they've shaken it and stirred it in countless little ways.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667005623
catalogNumber:
1031
Rank:
74983

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Performance Credits

Ventures   Primary Artist
Lincoln Mayorga   Keyboards
Leon Russell   Keyboards
Julius Wechter   Percussion
Paul Beaver   Synthesizer
Nokie Edwards   Bass,Guitar
Red Rhodes   Guitar
Billy Strange   Guitar
Don Wilson   Guitar
Bob Bogle   Bass,Guitar
Frank DeVito   Percussion
Evelyn Freeman   Keyboards
Gene Pello   Percussion
Bill Pitman   Guitar
Michel Rubini   Keyboards
Mel Taylor   Drums
Howie Johnson   Drums
Skip Moore   Drums
Jimmy Bryant Singers   Guitar
Steve Douglas   Saxophone
Danny Hamilton   Guitar
James Beck Gordon   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Duane Eddy   Composer
Albert Collins   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Nokie Edwards   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Don Wilson   Composer
Bob Bogle   Composer
Dave Burke   Liner Notes
Johnny Durrill   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Lionel Newman   Composer
Alan Taylor   Liner Notes
Mel Taylor   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Dorcas Cochran   Composer

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