The Ventures

Another Smash!!!/The Colourful Ventures

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See for Miles reissued the Ventures' third and fourth albums, Another Smash! and Colorful Ventures, on a single disc in 1995. Another Smash! essentially follows the same pattern as its two predecessors, this time with diminishing results. It's still better than many of the records that came later, simply because the band's sound is fresh and their material is reasonably sharp, but it has too much filler to make it worthwhile for anyone besides hardcore fans. Colorful Ventures is a better record than Another Smash! because there's less filler -- playing traditional and pop songs with a color in their title -- works surprisingly well. The Ventures play economically and tastefully, emphasizing the melodes in songs like "Blue Moon," "(Theme From) Silver City," "White Silver Sands," "Greenfields," "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom Red" and "Yellow Bird." There are still too many weak moments for it to be entirely enjoyable to listeners outside of the Ventures' devoted cult, yet it remains a strong effort.

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