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. ...