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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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... "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. ...
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.
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.
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,
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This compact disc is hard to review because it is grouped in two albums and one might be slightly worse or slightly better. Telstar is a little bit better. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by Christopher Covais
I have my parents to thank for turning me into a Ventures fan. My parents had both of the original LPS. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2003
If you were to be stranded on an island with only one album to listen to, pray you have this one. Excellent production values added to totally awesome guitar work blend to create... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2001
Well, here I am again, ready to write an essay on another one of rock n roll's secret gems. An album like The Ventures in Space is a travesty I suppose. Read morePublished on June 21 2001 by Daniel Pinto
The Ventures and the Beatles were the reason I started playing guitar. This CD brings back those days of garage bands. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2001 by Larry Reid