Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Vinyl Passion
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


The Ventures 4 Original Albums Mono Editions DMM 180g 2LP (Mono)

The Ventures

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180 Gram Double Vinyl! Mono! Original Recordings Remastered! Includes "Walk Don't Run", "Perfidia", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", "Blue Moon" & More!

In 1958, Bob Bogle and Don Wilson formed the nucleus of the original music group, The Ventures. The duo was joined a few years later by Nokie Edwards to record "Walk, Don't Run". The song hit Billboard's Singles Chart on July 18, 1960 and peaked at #2. The rest, as they say, is history. The band became one of the most popular and biggest selling acts of the 1960s, and was prolific during the 60's in terms of touring and recording, particularly albums.

Since that spectacular beginning, The Ventures - later joined by Mel Taylor, then Gerry McGee, and more recently Bob Spalding and Leon Taylor - have gone on to help define a frequently overlooked branch of rock and roll music - Instrumental Rock. The band is credited by countless guitar legends as being a favorite or an influence. The Ventures’ style and their music have, from day one, been unique and groundbreaking.

Walk Don't Run went to #2 on the charts in July, 1960. It was the first hit for The Ventures. The song was said to define a whole new instrumental music genre, that would lead to the surf guitar craze a few years later. In response to a question about the greatest guitar solos in guitar history, Joe Walsh recalls, “I don't really know if it's a solo or not, but I'd have to say that 'Walk, Don't Run' by The Ventures changed an awful lot of guitar players' lives. It was one of the foundational instrumentals. It made instrumentals okay to do... It had been done before with Duane Eddy, but with The Ventures, America discovered the vibrato bar. I didn't even play guitar at the time, but I loved Walk, Don't Run. I was just 13 when that came out in '60, and my mom was making me practice a stupid metal clarinet for orchestra. I borrowed a guitar just to learn how to play that lead part."

A key feature of the album, The Ventures, was the iconic cover photo. Not only were The Ventures dressed alike, defining the proper appearance of an early sixties combo, but guitar players and fans were fascinated by the sight of the Fender instruments; a Jazz Master, a Stratocaster, and a Precision Bass. Joe Walsh mentioned this in his praise of the song, Walk Don't Run. This album cover itself contributed to the growing influence of The Ventures in 1961 and the birth of guitar bands. In addition to Perfidia, this album also contained the group's third straight Top 40 chart single, Ram-Bunk-Shush, which first charted in January 1961.

Planned for release as The Ventures third album and numbered accordingly, Dolton 8006, Another Smash was actually released as the second set and charted second. It followed the Walk Don't Run album and was a second straight album chart top 40 entry. The marquee cuts, in addition to Lullaby of the Leaves, are Ghost Riders In The Sky (Don Wilson lead), Wheels, Bulldog, Rawhide, Meet Mr. Callahan, Last Date, and Beyond The Sea. The band also pays homage to one of their influences, Chet Atkins, with a fine version of Trambone. There is anecdotal evidence that Carole King arranged the string background on Josie.

"The fourth studio album from the Ventures, 1961's Colorful Ventures was the first in a long line of releases the band built around album title themes. Here the theme is colors, and so listeners get such songs as 'Blue Moon,' 'Yellow Jacket,' Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White,' and so on... The album featured more of the group's recognizable instrumental rock & roll, surf rock, and country twang." - Rovi,

• 180 Gram Vinyl
• European Import
• Original Recordings Remastered
• Double LP
• DMM Cutting
• Mono
• Includes 4 Complete Studio Albums
• Gatefold Jacket

LP1 - Side 1:
Walk Don't Run
1. Morgen
2. Raunchy
3. Home
4. My Own True Love (Tara's Theme)
5. The Switch
6. Walk, Don’t Run
7. Night Train
8. No Trespassing
9. Caravan
10. Sleep Walk
11. The McCoy
12. Honky Tonk
LP1 - Side 2:
The Ventures
1. The Shuck
2. Detour
3. Ram-Bunk-Shush
4. Hawaiian War Chant
5. Perfidia
6. Harlem Nocturne
7. Blue Tango
8. Ups ’N Downs
9. Lonesome Town
10. Torquay
11. Wailin’
12. Moon Of Manakoora

LP2 - Side 3:
Another Smash!
1. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
2. Wheels
3. Lonely Heart
4. Bulldog
5. Lullaby of the Leaves
6. Beyond the Reef
7. Rawhide
8. Meet Mister Callahan
9. Trambone
10. Last Date
11. Ginchy
12. Josie
LP2 - Side 4:
The Colorful Ventures
1. Blue Moon
2. Yellow Jacket
3. Bluer Than Blue
4. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
5. Green Leaves of Summer
6. Blue Skies
7. Greenfields
8. Red Top
9. White Silver Sands
10. Yellow Bird
11. Orange Fire
12. Silver City

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