The Ventures

Guitar Freakout/Super Psychedelics

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See For Miles reissued two "psychedelic" albums the Ventures released in the mid-'60s, Super Psychedelics (Changing Times) and Guitar Freakout, on a single disc in 1995. On both records, the Ventures try to keep pace with the "changing times," which means that Super Psychedelics finds the band tackling such psychedelic pop hits as "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Reflections," "Happy Together," "Western Union" and "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You." Some of those songs are only vaguely psychedelic, but they're more psychedelic than most of the songs the Ventures record, as are the originals and filler scattered throughout the record. Try as they may, the band can never really be a psychedelic band -- their Go to Space record is trippier than this -- but some may find it interesting to hear them try. On each record, the Ventures never stray too far from the course, which may be a disappointment to those who took the title of Guitar Freakout literally. There aren't really that many solos -- and even fewer freakouts -- on Guitar Freakout, which might not be surprising to those who noticed the band covers "I'm a Believer" and "Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron" on the record. The band manage to turn out a handful of fine tracks, including "Theme from The Wild Angels," but ultimately it's an average Ventures album, sporting a few good tracks and a lot of filler.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:33
2 2:10
3 2:15
4 1:46
5 2:01
6 3:00
7 2:30
8 2:31
9 2:44
11 2:01
12 1:46
13 3:18
14 2:07
15 2:21
16 2:24
17 2:26
18 2:20
19 2:27
20 2:11
21 3:06
22 2:16
23 2:07
24 2:39
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