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The Ventures are the most successful instrumental combo in rock and roll history. They also rank among its most prolific bands, too. They’re best remembered for a pair of Sixties smashes, “Walk – Don’t Run” and “Hawaii Five-O.” Yet their most impressive feat was charting 38 albums from 1960 to 1972. The Ventures’ “big guitar sound” ... Read more in Amazon's The Ventures Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dolton Records
  • ASIN: B003K4PLD4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2011
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The Ventures started in Tacoma, WA. as a guitar duet of Don Wilson and Bob Bogle. In those days they were the Versatones. Bassist Nokie Edwards was recruited around 1960 and along with drummer Skip Moore, Bogle and Wilson waxed the early surfing classic, "Walk, Don't Run," which peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot 100. Before the record hit big, Moore quit the band and settled for a $25 flat royalty. (Later, he unsuccessfully sued for 25%.)

Howie Johnson was hired as Moore's replacement and he stayed until the spinal injury he received in a 1957 car wreck finally caught up with him. Studio drummer Mel Taylor came aboard in '62. His resumé included novelty tunes "Monster Mash" and "Alley Oop," also Herb Alpert's "The Lonely Bull."

This classic Ventures lineup of Wilson, Taylor, Edwards and Bogle stayed together until 1968. They're credited with writing four tracks** on the group's 16th DOLTON LP, THE VENTURES KNOCK ME OUT (BLP-2033/BST-8033, issued: 2/13/65). The best of their original material is "Mariner No. 4," an echoey song reminiscent of the band's earlier hit, "Telstar."

One thing that's immediately noticeable is Taylor's ability to perfectly recreate the percussion parts of familiar tunes. He lays a solid foundation for the other three to expand upon. They do rely a little too much here on fuzz guitar and that "Telstar" organ. Only "Sha La La" has a vocal chorus; all the rest are straight instrumentals, often done with a surf music twist.

Singles from this set: "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" (BB #35) and "Bird Rockers"** (uncharted). "Lonely Girl"** was the 'B' side of "Diamond Head" (BB #70).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GJTom on August 15, 2013
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Big Ballsy sound with lots of drive and reverb, and good song selection make all the cuts on the album keepers.
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"The Ventures Knock Me Out!" was released in February of 1965. On this album, the Ventures included the classic lineup of Bob Bogle (bass guitar), Nokie Edwards (lead guitar), Don Wilson (rhythm guitar), and Mel Taylor (drums). The highlight of the album is the Ventures-style version of the Richard Rodgers song, "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue." It peaked at #35 in 1964. Unlike some of their theme albums, this album has a variety of original instrumentals, along with cover versions of hit songs. In the latter category, the Ventures do rocking versions of "I Feel Fine" (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney), "Oh, Pretty Woman" (written by Bill Dees and Roy Orbison), "Gone, Gone, Gone" (written by Don Everly and Phil Everly), "Love Potion No. 9" (written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller), "She's Not There" (written by Rod Argent), "When You Walk In The Room" (written by Jackie DeShannon), and "Sha La La" (written by Robert Mosely and Robert Taylor). Disproving the notion that the Ventures were only a cover band, this album includes the original instrumentals "Mariner No. 4" (a personal favorite), "Bird Rockers," "Tomorrow's Love," and "Lonely Girl." The high quality of this album is even more impressive when you take into account the number of albums the Ventures recorded. In 1965 alone, they released "The Ventures Knock Me Out!," "Live In Japan '65," "The Ventures: On Stage," "Ventures A Go-Go," and "The Ventures' Christmas Album." Incredible!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Larkin on October 22, 2005
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Instrumental cover versions of 60's hits and some originals.

12 tacks in stereo and then repeated in mono.

1. I Feel Fine

2. Love Potion Number 9

3. Tomorrow's Love

4. Oh, Pretty Woman

5. Mariner No. 4

6. When You Walk In The Room

7. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue

8. She's Not There

9. Lonely Girl

10. Gone Gone Gone

11. Bird Rockers

12. Sha La La
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