The Ventures

Stars on Guitars [Recall]

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Stars on Guitars is a collection of the Ventures performing virtually every popular surf guitar instrumental that has ever been released, along with several other rock instrumentals. The group sounds quite good as they plow through these songs, saving the first disc for the covers while the second disc is made up of music from two of their previous live releases. They go all over the map here, covering everyone from the Rolling Stones to Dick Dale with their typical moody guitar and bizarre arrangements. The reliance on keyboards does hurt the record on the first disc, but they overcome that problem with their sheer weirdness. Their covers of '80s superhits "Axel F" and "St. Elmo's Fire" need to be heard to be believed. Although they may no longer be the surf rock giants they once were, the Ventures can still contribute very unique and unusual music that tends to float closer to the Residents than any other recognizable reference point.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:38 Amazon
2 02:08 Amazon
3 02:53 Amazon
4 02:17 Amazon
5 03:55 Amazon
6 03:58 Amazon
7 02:52 Amazon
8 02:34 Amazon
9 02:36 Amazon
10 02:14 Amazon
11 02:23 Amazon
12 03:33 Amazon
13 03:23 Amazon
14 02:23 Amazon
15 02:26 Amazon
16 02:47 Amazon
17 03:54 Amazon
18 03:25 Amazon
19 04:01 Amazon
20 04:08 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:33 Amazon
2 02:44 Amazon
3
02:54 Amazon
4 02:24 Amazon
5 03:26 Amazon
6 03:15 Amazon
7 02:07 Amazon
8 03:09 Amazon
9 02:10 Amazon
10
02:21 Amazon
11 02:19 Amazon
12 02:55 Amazon
13 02:23 Amazon
14 01:42 Amazon
15 02:15 Amazon
16 05:03 Amazon
17 02:29 Amazon
18 06:49 Amazon
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