One Way reissued two Ventures albums from the mid-'60s, Fabulous Ventures and Ventures A Go-Go, on a single disc in 1997. Fabulous Ventures finds the Ventures running through a handful of contemporary pop hits ("Needles and Pins," "Tall Cool One," "Only the Young," "Pink Panther Theme"), which are surrounded by faceless originals. Although the band sounds fine throughout the record, none of the performances have much fire and the originals are nothing more than filler, making it a record only hardcore fans should seek out. Ventures A Go-Go finds the band running through an uptempo, swinging set of songs that are supposed to capture the feeling of a go-go party. Although it doesn't quite fulfill its goals, it's still an entertaining record, featuring good versions of "Satisfaction," "Louie Louie," "La Bamba, ' "The In Crowd," "Wooly Bully" and "I Like It Like That," plus a lot of competent, albeit undistinguished originals like "Go-Go Slow," "Go-Go Guitar" and "Go-Go Dancer." Ultimately the album, like its partner on this two-fer, doesn't have enough highlights to make it of interest to anyone but hardcore fans, but those fans should be pleased with this set. One Way added three bonus tracks -- "Bemini," "Indian Summer" and "Tarantella" -- to their two-fer. They add value to this set, which could have been presented with better packaging and slightly better remastering.
The Fabulous Ventures/The Ventures a Go-Go Review
by Stephen Thomas Erlewine