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Theme from
     

Theme from "Shaft"/Rocky Road

by The Ventures
 
This CD mixes one pretty fair album and one fairly dire album together, and it's always a question what to say about something like that. On the one hand, Theme From Shaft was a decent album with some pleasant surprises, including a pleasant piece of Firefall-style country-pop stuck in amid the often bracing instrumental pieces, most of which gave good play to

Overview

This CD mixes one pretty fair album and one fairly dire album together, and it's always a question what to say about something like that. On the one hand, Theme From Shaft was a decent album with some pleasant surprises, including a pleasant piece of Firefall-style country-pop stuck in amid the often bracing instrumental pieces, most of which gave good play to Jerry McGee's lead guitar prowess; it is good to be able to get that material cheaply and easily on this CD. On the other, Rocky Road was just about the nadir of the Ventures' recorded history -- officially credited to "the New Ventures," it was a disco album, heavy on the dance beat and the female chorus and lacking anything like the nimble instrumental work that characterized the group's best work. So listeners, unless they are possessed of a masochistic streak or an insatiable appetite for mid-'70s popular culture, are advised to skip over tracks 13 through 19 on this CD. But, as a bonus, One Way has included three old-style Ventures instrumental tracks (recording dates not listed), "Rebel Rouser," "Bamba" (a version of "La Bamba"), and "Moon Journey," the presence of which enhances the value of this disc but also gives even greater emphasis to the horrendous material off Rocky Road that preceded it.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/1998
Label:
One Way Records Inc
UPC:
0724381938928
catalogNumber:
19389

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Performance Credits

Ventures   Primary Artist
Deniece Williams   Background Vocals
Kim Carnes   Background Vocals
Red Rhodes   Guitar
Vernon Burch   Background Vocals
Don Wilson   Guitar
Joe Barile   Percussion
Bob Bogle   Bass
Polly Cutter   Background Vocals
Johnny Durrill   Keyboards
Jerry McGee   Guitar
Mel Taylor   Snare Drums
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Julia Tillman   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ventures   Producer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Vernon Burch   Arranger
Don Wilson   Composer
Bob Bogle   Composer
Capps   Arranger
Denny Diante   Arranger
Johnny Durrill   Composer
Howard Gale   Engineer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Dennis Lambert   Composer
Dino Lappas   Engineer
Lanky Linstrot   Producer
Ron Malo   Engineer
Jeffrey Marmelzat   Arranger
Jerry McGee   Composer
Brian Potter   Composer
Spencer Proffer   Arranger
Mel Taylor   Composer
George Tipton   Arranger
Ian Freebairn-Smith   Arranger
Dick Addrisi   Composer
Hazel Payne   Composer
John Van Hamersveld   Art Direction
Mike Salisbury   Art Direction
Joan Marker   Art Direction

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