The Ventures

TV Themes/Bobby Vee Meets the Ventures

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For some bizarre reason, One Way decided to pair the Ventures' 1977 album TV Themes with the 1963 Bobby Vee Meets the Ventures on a single disc. Although the Ventures' style never changed over the years, the difference in recording quality -- not to mention the presence of Bobby Vee -- makes the juxtaposition jarring. Bobby Vee Meets the Ventures is actually one of the group's better early efforts. Vee helps focus the group's attention, and they turn in solid versions of rock, pop, and folk standards, as well as some strong originals. He fits right in with the group, and the result is a neglected gem in their catalog. That's not necessarily the case with TV Themes. Released in 1977, the album finds the Ventures running through 12 familiar themes from the late '60s and '70s: "Charlie's Angels," "Medical Center," "Star Trek," "Starsky & Hutch," "Baretta's Theme," "Hawaii Five-O, "S.W.A.T.," "M*A*S*H," and "Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)." It's not necessarily a bad record, but it's not particularly distinctive and will primarily be of interest to listeners who try to find kitsch in everything. Ultimately the pairing of the albums on this two-fer is so awkward that only the group's devoted cult will find the disc of interest, but those fans should be pleased with this set. One Way added three bonus tracks -- "Mission: Impossible," "Green Hornet Theme" and "Bird Swingers" -- to their two-fer. They add value to this set, which could have been presented with better packaging and slightly better remastering.

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