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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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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • ASIN: B00005NHLW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walk Don't Run '64
2. Penetration
3. Mr. Moto
4. Out Of Limits
5. Lonely Surfer
6. Baja
7. Let's Go
8. Diamond Head
9. Pipeline
10. Slaughter On 10th Avenue
11. Bombara
12. Hawaii Five-O
13. Surf Rider
14. Ninth Wave
15. The Cruel Sea
16. Surfin' And Spyin'
17. Perfidia
18. Wipe Out

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This all-new collection features new versions of their biggest hits plus covers of other great surfing songs. Includes Walk Don't Run; Penetration; Mr. Moto; Out of Limits; Lonely Surfer; Baja; Let's Go; Diamond Head; Pipeline; Slaughter on 10th Avenue; Bombora , and more.

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If there's irony in the fact that the founding fathers of surf rock the Ventures hail from quarters not exactly renowned as bastions of sun-drenched wave-riding (Portland, Oregon, and Tacoma, Washington), it only stands to reason that their inspirations weren't exactly baggy-clad and bushy-blond-coiffed, either (Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy). But those unlikely roots did indeed spawn a 40-year career for the band as international stars and, more important, instrumental rock's first and foremost preservationists.

This album replicates much of the Ventures' longtime tour repertoire, drawing on their own considerable hits ("Walk, Don't Run," "Perfidia," "Hawaii Five-O") as well as covers that range from Richard Rodgers ("Slaughter on 10th Ave.") to prime '60s bands like the Surfaris ("Wipe Out"), Marketts ("Out of Limits"), and Astronauts ("Baja"). All are performed with the verve and solid craftsmanship that has long characterized the band. Longtime fans should note the presence of guitarist Nokie Edwards (the band's most fabled soloist from their heyday) on most of the tracks, as well as Leon Taylor, who ably fills the drum throne of his late father, Mel. Later guitarist Gerry McGee's Nashville-influenced licks are featured on "Five-O" and "Bambora," with former Steely Dan-Doobies fretman Jeff "Skunk" Baxter also taking a solo turn on the latter. While some can't quite measure up to the originals, this collection often succeeds on the band's still-driving momentum and the obvious joy they continue to find in the material. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

There very good and out standing.
Merle A. Collins
This disk is highly recommended for anyone who really grooves on the inspiring sounds of surf guitar.
C. Reilly
It turns out to be one of the best Ventures' Albums I had ever heard !
Dennis M Byars

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Michael King on June 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For those of you who thought that this CD was a repackaging of songs recorded in the sixties, let me set the record straight. "Surfin' And Spyin' " was recorded by the Ventures in 1981, and all of the remaining tracks were recorded between 1996 and 2000. For those of you who thought that the Ventures might have lost something with age, let me set your mind at ease. "Walk Don't Run '64" starts the CD off on a strong note, and the music never falters from first song to last. A particular standout is "Baja" from 1996, featuring Don Wilson, Bob Bogle, Gerry McGee and Mel Taylor. "Diamond Head" and "Pipeline" are outstanding surf instrumentals. Those versions were recorded with original member Nokie Edwards instead of Gerry McGee on guitar, and with Leon Taylor replacing his late father Mel on drums. "Surf Rider," written by Nokie Edwards but here credited to Wilson/Bogle, is alone worth the price of the CD. Voting members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should buy this CD. I guarantee after one listen, they would vote to induct the Ventures immediately!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Good stuff, but these are from 1990's sessions, not the original recordings of these tunes. These lack the energy (and distortion) of the originals. It's the 5,000th time they've played these songs, so the differences are significant. If you were looking for the originals, try a differrent Ventures collection....
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tom Brody on June 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Walk Don't Run '64 is an astonishing composition, and abundantly easy on the ears. Like many of the tunes by the Beatles, Walk Don't Run '64 is simple, and playable by countless high school students. Moreover, as with the Beatle tunes, the sum of what is set forth in Walk Don't Run '64 is greater than its parts. Walk Don't Run '64 on this compilation is slightly different than the original, and I tend to prefer the original. In the current version, the opening bass line is essentially a series of percussive notes, with a sound similar to the percussive notes found in Kraftwerk's Computer World. In other words, the opening bass notes tend to lack a clearly defined position on the musical scale -- the bass player's palm was pressed against the string, muffling it to a greater extent in the current version than in the original. Another difference is that the opening drum beat contains a subtle triplet, and the guitar arpeggios contain an added trill. Moreover, in the ending in the current version, the expected "signature" tremelo is absent. Continuing with the description of the current version of Walk Don't Run '64, the bass line is a bit beefier than found on the originally recorded vinyl. Fortunately, the subtle accompaniment of the second guitar is preserved, and the chirpy, Del Shannon-style organ accompaniment and organ lead are magnificently preserved. By preserved, I mean the current style is the same as in the original release of Walk Don't Run '64.

Most or all of the other songs are a wonder, and best of the genre -- the musically simple and musically primitive genre known as: "surf songs." Even impatient teenagers will have little trouble learning by heart the fine, jazzy, lead guitar riffs from this album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Reilly on April 7, 2003
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This disk is highly recommended for anyone who really grooves on the inspiring sounds of surf guitar. I bought this by accident because I looking for a disk with "Pipeline" and "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" the other tunes weren't important at the time. Well I was in for a surprise! Just the three-song run from "Penetration" to "Mr. Moto" to "Out of Limits" is enough to turn any landlubber into a devoted surf head. As far as the people who think that the newer recording sound is not authentic as compared to the old noisy scratchy originals.... Your all wet...This is the bomb. Look out Dick Dale theres a lot of variety here not just Spanish sounding songs with single string leads......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avalon Don on May 5, 2008
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The Ventures are the exception to the rule in the catagory of releasing modern recordings from old material. On "Play The Greatest Surfin' Hits Of All Time" the engery is sustained from beginning to end with clean sound and no distortion. The only thing keeping this CD from an 'A' recording is couple of minor let downs. "Hawaii-Five-O" doesn't come off right without the original horn arrangement. They also could have used some cheerleaders on "Let's Go" because the thin chants and claps needed more power on the timeless high school sports song. This problem gets corrected near the album end by using the Go-Go's solid backing vocals on "Surfin' And Spyin'." Overall the beach instrumental kings do themselves proud. Sixteen of the eighteen numbers bring the surf to the NOW time frame. The lesser known songs such as "Bombora", "Baja" and "Diamond Head" offer the headset listening escape. Don Wilson, Bob Bogle plus solid support never come close to the label "Burn Outs." Two warnings from somebody who grew up with this stuff: To the purists and I'm one of them, stick with "The Best...Walk Don't Run" and avoid this album unless you're open minded. To the others who feel all surf instrumental music sounds the same after a few songs, choose instead "Rock Instrumentals:Surf". The different bands will hold your attention better. Lastly, non-surf suggestions: Ventures "In Space", Challengers "Around The World" and Honk "Five Summer Sories." Needing a New Age break for a ship cruise, party or Beach BBQ? "The Greatest Surfin' Hits Of All-Time" is as good a place to start as any.
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