See For Miles reissued two albums the Ventures released in the late '60s, Underground Fire and Hollywood Metal Dinamic Sound, on a single disc in 1996. By the late '60s, the Ventures had lost touch with the mainstream, but they still tried to keep the pace with records like these. Underground Fire is an ambitious affair from the band, but the Ventures aren't good when they're ambitious -- they're good when they're straightforward. The group tackles a number of songs associated with the hippie and psychedelic undergrounds, such as "Born to Be Wild," "Sunshine of Your Love," "The Weight," "Light My Fire" and "Fire." The Ventures smooth off all of the rough edges, making them into Ventures songs. That may be interesting for one listen, but it's ultimately as unfulfilling as the pseudo-psychedelic filler that bogs down the record. And that's the problem with Hollywood Metal Dinamic Sound, as well -- the weird amalgam of stilted covers and clueless originals is interesting to hear once, but it doesn't reward repeated plays, even for hardcore fans.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine