The Ventures

The Ventures Play Telstar -- The Lonely Bull and Others /(The) Ventures in Space

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The Ventures Play Telstar -- The Lonely Bull and Others /(The) Ventures in Space Review

by Richie Unterberger

Capitol released two early Ventures albums, The Ventures Play Telstar -- The Lonely Bull and Others and (The) Ventures in Space, on one CD in 1992. A Top Ten album for the group in early 1963, Telstar really doesn't hold up today. Like many of their LPs, it demonstrates their versatility on faithful covers of a number of contemporary hits, ranging from rock to soul to easy listening. In every case, you're better off with the original versions. Few listeners need to dig deeper than a greatest-hits collection for the Ventures, but the early effort Ventures in Space is an arguable exception. The group embellished its trademark sleek guitar instrumentals with creepy, then-futuristic production effects, sounding at times like a mix of surf music and the incidental music to Star Trek. The ghostly, theremin-like sounds on several tracks are actually produced by top session player Red Rhodes on steel guitar. The British instrumental group the Tornados (of "Telstar" fame) did this kind of stuff better, if you're looking for this kind of thing.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Ventures 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
2 The Ventures 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Ventures 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Ventures 02:10 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Ventures 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Ventures 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Ventures 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Ventures 02:13
9 The Ventures 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Ventures 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Ventures 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Ventures 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Ventures 02:15 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Ventures 02:06 SpotifyAmazon
15 The Ventures 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
16 The Ventures 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
17 The Ventures 02:17 SpotifyAmazon
18 The Ventures 01:59 SpotifyAmazon
19 The Ventures 02:22 SpotifyAmazon
20 The Ventures 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
21 The Ventures 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
22 The Ventures 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
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The Ventures 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
24 The Ventures 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
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