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Play Telstar/In Space Best of


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Play Telstar/In Space + 4 Original Albums + The Very Best of the Ventures
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  • Audio CD (Nov. 20 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DR4M
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Telstar
2. The Lonely Bull
3. Mexico
4. Calcutta
5. Apache
6. Never On Sunday
7. Tequila
8. Green Onions
9. Percolator
10. Red River Rock
11. Let There Be Drums
12. Last Night
13. Out Of Limits
14. He Never Came Back
15. Moon Child
16. Fear (The Main Title From 'One Step Beyond')
17. Exploration In Terror
18. War Of The Satelite
19. The Bat
20. Penetration
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Product Description

The Ventures Play Telstar-The Lonely Bull and Others hit #8 in January 1963, staking its claim as the highest-charting Ventures album ever. The Ventures in Space brought them back into the Top 30 on the album charts the very next year, with astral song titles like Solar Race; War of the Satellites; Moon Child; Love Goddess of Venus , and more. Two Ventures classics, one ludicrously low price!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm a teenage music fan who plays the electric guitar and listens mostly to hard rock and heavy metal, but the Ventures are one of my favorite bands. Maybe this is due to the fact that they were the first rock band I ever saw performing in concert, but it's probably because the Ventures simply [are great]! They don't seem to get the respect they deserve, which is a real shame, since they have been rocking hard for nearly half a century and have done everything from surf music to country to proto-metal. I havn't even heard a single one of their songs played on the radio ...!
... "The Ventures Play Telstar, the Lonely Bull, and Others" is a pretty good album. As you can tell from the title, it includes the Venturizations of those classic tunes by the Tornados and Herb Alpert. However, the standout songs on this album are the really cool renditions of "Apache" and Booker T's "Green Onions." "Red River Rock" and "Tequila" are also quite good.
The REAL reason you will want to buy this CD is the second album, the Ventures' finest endeavor to date, the bizzare and wonderful "Ventures in Space." This strange fusion of surf music and wierd sci-fi inspired noise is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest rock albums ever, to be compared with Deep Purple's "Machine Head," Led Zepelin's fourth album and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." It was way ahead of its time when it was released, and today it is still great; not a mere novelty item. What is really amazing is that while this music sounds synthesized, almost like Pink Floyd, it is ALL guitar work.
This is a definite MUST HAVE, whether you are a fan of the Ventures or have a penchant for surf or instrumental music or are just a casual listener. ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darcy Tucjker on May 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
When these albums came out in the sixties, I played them so much that I wore them out. I don't have that problem now that they are released on CD. I like that they have packaged two albums together instead of issuing them one at a time like other artists have done. The Ventures version of Telstar is almost as good as the Tornadoes. The other covers either equal or surpass the versions by the original artists. The Ventures In Space album was always a favourite. The album cover was fantastic and the sounds coming out of my old RCA stereo were the best for that time period.
I know that a lot of the music by the Ventures are covers of other peoples work, but, they are first class instrumental versions. Many young men learned how to play guitar because of the Ventures.
I think that anyone who wants a sampling of the extensive Venture's catalogue, would be well served by purchasing this two album CD.
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Format: Audio CD
If you're reading this then you've got some kind of interest in the group or the music or the genre. If that's true then the bottom line is: this is an essential item in your collection -- if you don't already have these albums on CD then quit reading and buy it.
The recording quality here is excellent--particularly for the Telstar album. The content is superb--The Ventures at a peak in their career--and is typical of the group.
The sound on "In Space" is a little rawer but the music is probably the most innovative stuff that that the group ever did. This is not surf music but it is instrumental rock with lots of reverb. "In Space" is frequently cited by other rock musicians as having influenced their music and its not hard to see why. Listening to this one still amazes me nearly 40 years after I first heard it. This album is truly different from 95% of the rest of The Venture's enormous catalog--different, for me, in a very positive way.
In my view, "In Space" is a MUST HAVE for any Ventures fan or anyone who likes intrumental rock. With Telstar on it as a bonus, you can't lose with this CD.
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Format: Audio CD
I admit it. I am a Ventures nerd! Two of their finer albums on one CD is hard to miss. Their covers are better than the originals as evident by "Out Of Limits" (Marketts)and "Telstar" (Tornados0. Their rendition of "Penetration" is excellent the the effect of their maturing productios are evident here.("Penetration" originally done my The Pyramids).
Herb Alpert's "The Lonely Bull" is well done here and they make it there own. "Apache" is a classic, and many people learned to play guitar by using this record, (It latter appeared on "Play Guitar With The Ventures")
"The Ventures In Space" starts the period in which the Ventures put out album after album of pure magic, with the use of Mosrite Guitars always showcased, and the "Fuzz Bass" lines took hold. Songs like "Tequila" and "Solar Race" are Venture classics.
This group was integral to music in the sixties, with many artists directly affected by their music. This is a worthy addition to any collection, and is way ahead of its time. I still have the original Dolton LP's in Vinyl, but these CD's are excellent up-issues. Mandatory for any Ventures Fan,
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Format: Audio CD
This is a fun album from one of the greatest entertainment combos ever!
It is a strange quirk of fate that the Venture's version of Telstar is more famous than the Tornadoes who originally recorded the song! Such is their talent.
This CD has all of the songs I ever really wanted from this group. True most of the songs are covers, but the Ventures can take a song and reinvent it and make it better than the original recordings. This compilation is great background music for parties or for long and lonely drives across Nevada.
As one reviewer wrote, there is a paradox: you wish everyone appreciated the Ventures, but if everyone did, it would destroy the appreciation. They have great guitar work, great covers, and just an over-all feel good about them. They came in the early Sixties before everything was "all political" and "all Vietnam." This is music to relax to!
The transfer to CD is superb-no scratchiness or fading or whatnot, and they kept the original LP covers for a fresh breeze of nostalgia.
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