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Ventures Play the Greatest Surfin' Hits of All Time
     

The Ventures Play the Greatest Surfin' Hits of All Time

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by The Ventures
 
Varese Sarabande has outdone itself with this marvelous package of surf instrumentals by the Ventures, containing 18 tracks that surely fit into the "space age bachelor pad" category of fun sounds with the superb playing that listeners expect from the legendary group. "Out of Limits" is short and sweet at 1:59 -- but full of vibrant '60s

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Varese Sarabande has outdone itself with this marvelous package of surf instrumentals by the Ventures, containing 18 tracks that surely fit into the "space age bachelor pad" category of fun sounds with the superb playing that listeners expect from the legendary group. "Out of Limits" is short and sweet at 1:59 -- but full of vibrant '60s energy and distinctive guitar. From the "Hawaii Five-O" theme to the tension of "Lonely Surfer," this is a really superb lineup of songs, a nice companion disc to the In Search of Eddie Riff masterpiece by Roxy Music's Andy Mackay. Sure, fans of the Ventures have heard it all, but for those outside of the cult who want a great slice of work from a veteran group with an enormous catalog, this collection is it. It comes with a detailed eight-page booklet with Jim Pewter liner notes and images of bathing suits in front of the waves. What more could one ask for? Musical ramblings like "Baja" are most welcome, and as interesting as "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" and the very cool rendition of "Wipe Out." It's not the Surfaris "Wipe Out," mind you; it's more laid-back and party-sounding -- as if the band were playing in the back of a Saturday night dancehall on some obscure lake in the forest, bringing the waves and the sun to those in the dark. There's a lot of depth to this disc, which you will definitely want to explore (and try to imitate in your garage with your Fender amp) and play over and over again.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206627527
catalogNumber:
066275
Rank:
54185

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ventures   Primary Artist
Jane Wiedlin   Background Vocals
Jeff Baxter   Guitar
Charlotte Caffey   Background Vocals
Mel Taylor   Snare Drums
Gerry McGee   Vocals
Leon Taylor   Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Mac Wiseman   Executive Producer
Ventures   Arranger,Producer
Neil Norman   Producer
Nokie Edwards   Composer
Johnny Smith   Composer
Don Wilson   Producer
Marty Cooper   Composer
Jeff Baxter   Producer
Brant Biles   Engineer
Bob Bogle   Producer
Richard Delvy   Composer
Dan Hamilton   Composer
P.L. Johnson   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Craig Nepp   Engineer
Jim Pewter   Liner Notes
Dan Phillips   Arranger,Producer
Biff Vincent   Engineer
Chuck Vehle   Composer
Larry Weed   Composer
Doug Weisman   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Paul Erickson   Engineer
Mike Biondi   Composer
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Jim Tran   Composer
Paul Johnson   Composer
Leon Taylor   Producer
Paul Johnson   Composer
Rick Hackley   Engineer
Nole Edwards   Composer
Maxfield   Composer

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The Ventures Play the Greatest Surfin' Hits of All Time 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These are not the original recordings. Rather, they were recorded in sessions in the '90's. The enthusiasm of earlier recordings is absent here. They are just going throught the motions on these classics. Buy instead the originals by the Belairs, The Ventures, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best selection of the Golden Era of The Ventures! Here you can find tracks like Mr.Moto, Baja, Lonely Surfer, Bombara and Ninth Wave that are really the gems of their work, and one can not find on other Ventures compilations!
passionfruit More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued at how many albums the Ventures had made and their tunes so recognizable. Each one I played only brought back more memories and I was drawn to listen to more. The sounds came out clear and very fine. Barnes & Noble made it absolutely simple to make out the tunes and for me to see what to play. It didn't take much time either. All was left at your own, what to listen to and you make your selection all on your own. Nothing was taken from you no matter how much time you take. They do not sign you out. It was enjoyable.