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4.0 out of 5 stars An Album That Doesn't Have A Weak End, July 12, 2014
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This album was released in December of 1967. It's an album of cover versions, without any original instrumentals written by Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, or Don Wilson. It starts out with the Ventures version of "What Now My Love," which is similar to the version done by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. "To Sir, With Love" and "Sunny," with an organ backing the guitars and drums, are among the better instrumentals. My favorite songs on the album are the rocking "Music To Watch Girls By," and the funky (by Ventures standards) "Uptight (Everything's Alright)." "Windy," a big hit for the Association, is another highlight of this album. The last song is the Ventures version of the Beatles classic "Yesterday." It's given a tasteful arrangement that features acoustic guitars, piano, harpsichord, and drums. It's a good album, but not among the Ventures very best.


Where The Action Is!
Where The Action Is!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ventures Take Action, July 12, 2014
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This album was released in February of 1966. It starts out with the song "Action," which was a big hit for Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon a year earlier. In keeping with the album's theme, it also includes the instrumentals "Stop Action," "Action Plus," and "Little Bit Of Action." Their rocking version of the standard "A Taste Of Honey" is similar to the version done by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. "Nutty," also known as "Nut Rocker," is my favorite instrumental in this album. My least favorite instrumental, "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)," was originally done by the obscure instrumental group the T-Bones. It was also used in a commercial for Alka-Seltzer, which may explain why I'm not crazy about that song. This very good but somewhat uneven album peaked at #33 in Billboard's album chart.


Play Telstar, The Lonely Bull & Others
Play Telstar, The Lonely Bull & Others
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Versatile Ventures, July 12, 2014
This album was released in January of 1963. The album starts out strongly, with a great version of the classic instrumental "Telstar." "Apache" is one of the best instrumentals the Ventures ever recorded, and would be right at home on any of their many greatest hits collections. Part of the album has a Latin flavor to it, with the songs "The Lonely Bull," "Mexico," and "Calcutta." In addition to "Telstar," the instrumentals "Green Onions," "Red River Rock," and "Last Night" feature an organ. Obviously, the instrumental "Let There Be Drums" features the late, great drummer Mel Taylor at his best. The eclectic nature of the songs covered, plus the addition of an organ to supplement the guitars and drums, makes this a very versatile Ventures album. In fact, this was the Ventures highest charting album, peaking at #8 on Billboard's album chart. Over fifty years later, the timeless songs still sound great.


Twist With The Ventures
Twist With The Ventures
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chubby Checker Would Be Proud, July 12, 2014
The album "Twist With The Ventures" was released in 1961, the same year that Chubby Checker had a #1 hit with "The Twist," and a #8 hit with "Let's Twist Again." The Ventures' versions of both of those songs appear on this album. The album starts out strong with the rocking song "Driving Guitars (Ventures Twist)," which was written by Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, and Don Wilson. It's one of the best original songs they ever wrote, and rightfully appears on the 29-song "Walk Don't Run: The Best Of The Ventures" collection. In keeping with the twist theme, this album also includes the rocking tunes "Guitar Twist," "Opus Twist," and the classic "Bumble Bee Twist." Starting out with a rocking drum solo, "Moon Dawg" would be right at home on a surf instrumental album. "Movin' And Groovin'," written by Duane Eddy and Lee Hazlewood, is another highlight in a solid album that doesn't have a weak tune. I would never classify the eclectic Ventures as a dance band, even though their next album, released in May of 1962, was "The Ventures' Twist Party, Vol. 2." On the other hand, both albums are guaranteed to get partygoers dancing!


For LP Fans Only
For LP Fans Only
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5.0 out of 5 stars For LP and CD Fans, July 11, 2014
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Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army and, on September 22, 1958, sailed to Germany. Comprised of previous recordings, "For LP Fans Only" was released on February 6, 1959, while Elvis was still serving in the Army. It included four classic songs that Elvis recorded at Sun Studios in 1954: "That's All Right," "Mystery Train," "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone," and "You're A Heartbreaker." The song "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine," also recorded at Sun Studios, is included as a bonus track. The remaining songs, recorded in 1956, include "Playing For Keeps" (#21 in 1957), "Poor Boy" (#24 in 1957), "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy," "My Baby Left Me," "I Was The One," and "Shake, Rattle And Roll." The song "Let Me," taken from the 1956 "Love Me Tender" EP (Extended Play), is included as a bonus track. Even though the songs were assembled from various recording sessions over a two-year period, thus combining early Elvis with Elvis in his prime, the resulting album works very well as a whole. With Private Presley overseas, "For LP Fans Only" managed to reach #19 on Billboard's album chart. Over 50 years later, the songs still sound great.


The Best of Dave Myers and The Surftones: Moment of Truth
The Best of Dave Myers and The Surftones: Moment of Truth
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Moment Of Truth, July 11, 2014
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Dave Myers and the Surftones released the album "Hangin' Twenty!" on Del-Fi Records in 1963. All twelve of the songs from that album are included in this collection, plus two bonus tracks from the 1963 "KFWB's Battle of the Surfing Bands!" album; "Driftin'" and "White Water." Dave Myers was a multi-instrumentalist who played electric guitar, steel guitar, tenor saxophone, trumpet, and bongos. Their best known song is the classic "Moment Of Truth," which appears on Rhino's "Cowabunga! The Surf Box Set." Another great instrumental is "Suferama," with the saxophone playing the lead melody. The surf standard "Church Key" begins with a saxophone solo, before launching into the familiar melody. "Smokey Stomper" is a rocked-up version of "On Top Of Old Smokey" that's guaranteed to get your toes tapping. "Aquavelva" sounds otherworldly, with an icy reverb lead guitar. That song would be right at home on "The Ventures In Space" album. "Surf Breaker" rocks along like a giant wave crashing on shore, while "Surfer's Theme" slows the pace down. Though not very well known, Dave Myers and the Surftones were one of the better sixties surf instrumental groups. It's too bad they didn't last long enough to release a second album of surf instrumentals.


Vol. 2-All the Hits
Vol. 2-All the Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Hits For Your Dancin' Party!, July 11, 2014
This review is from: Vol. 2-All the Hits (Audio CD)
From 1959 to 1965, Chubby Checker had 22 top 40 songs. Keep in mind that "The Twist" peaked at #1 in 1960, was released again a year later, and went all the way to #1 in 1961. This 32-song collection starts out with the classic hit "Let's Twist Again" (#8 in 1961). Chubby Checker recorded a novelty song in which he imitated Fats Domino, the Coasters, Elvis Presley, and the Chipmunks, singing portions of the song "Mary Had A Little Lamb." The single was called "The Class," and it peaked at #38 in 1959. That song is included in this collection. Also included are the top 10 songs "Pony Time" (#1 in 1961), "The Fly" (#7 in 1961), and "Popeye The Hitchhiker" (#10 in 1962). In keeping with the twist theme, this collection also includes the songs "Twist And Shout," "Mister Twister," "Dear Lady Twist," and "Love Is Like A Twist." In addition, this collection has seventeen songs that were previously unreleased on CD before, including "Quarter To Three," "Bristol Stomp," and "Hello Baby Goodbye" (with Dee Dee Sharp). Detailed liner notes would have been a welcome addition. Considering how long it took for a legitimate collection of Chubby Checker's original hits to be released on CD, I'm not going to complain about that. Chubby Checker's remaining top 40 hits not included in this collection, including the original version of "The Twist," are included in Volume 1.


All the Hits V.1
All the Hits V.1
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot Of Hits For Your Dancin' Party!, July 11, 2014
This review is from: All the Hits V.1 (Audio CD)
From 1959 to 1965, Chubby Checker had 22 top 40 songs. Keep in mind that "The Twist" peaked at #1 in 1960, was released again a year later, and went all the way to #1 in 1961. This 31-song collection starts out with "The Twist," and also includes the top 10 songs "Slow Twistin'" (#3 in 1962), and "Limbo Rock" (#2 in 1962). In keeping with the twist theme, this collection also includes the songs "Twist It Up" (#25 in 1963), "Twistin'," "Twistin' USA," "Twistin' Around The World," "Twist Along," "Don't Knock The Twist," "The Lose Your Inhibitions Twist," and "Teach Me To Twist" (with Bobby Rydell). This collection also includes the rare version of "Let's Twist Again" sung in German! That's one of the sixteen songs that were previously unreleased on CD, according to the back of the cover page. Detailed liner notes would have been a welcome addition. Considering how long it took for a legitimate collection of Chubby Checker's original hits to be released on CD, I'm not going to complain about that. Chubby Checker's remaining top 40 hits not included in this collection, including the original version of "Let's Twist Again," are included in Volume 2.
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Bobby Vee Meets The Ventures
Bobby Vee Meets The Ventures
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Both Worlds, July 11, 2014
This is the only time that the Ventures, the ultimate instrumental group, recorded an album with a singer. Bobby Vee is a very good, accomplished vocalist. On this 1963 album, Bobby Vee and the Ventures sound like they had been recording and touring together for years. Their collaboration truly brought out the best in each other. I'd like to give a brief description of each song in this excellent album.

"Goodnight Irene" - It's a rocking version of the old standard, with a great Bobby Vee vocal.
"Walk Right Back" - This was a hit song for the Everly Brothers. The only thing missing with Bobby Vee's vocal is another singer to harmonize with.
"Linda Lu" - This is a rocking tune with a strong Bobby Vee vocal.
"Caravan" - This is a classic Ventures instrumental; the guitar playing and drum solo are incredible!
"What Else Is New" - This is a pleasant pop song, written by Bobby Vee, with a pleasant Bobby Vee vocal.
"Candy Man" - This was a hit song for Roy Orbison. Bobby Vee does a rocking vocal that would do Roy proud.
"This Is Where Friendship Ends" - This song was written by Tom Leslie and Bobby Vee. Some of the melody is reminiscent of "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean." The Ventures rock out in support of Bobby Vee's vocals.
"Honeycomb" - This was a hit song for Jimmie Rodgers, which Bobby Vee handles well.
"Pretty Girls Everywhere" - This rocking song, with a strong lead vocal by Bobby Vee, sounds like it came from an Elvis Presley movie.
"Wild Night" - This is a rocking Ventures instrumental, written by Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, and Don Wilson.
"I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter" - It's a rocking version of another old standard, with another great Bobby Vee vocal.
"If I'm Right On Wrong" - The Ventures rock out on this song, with Bobby Vee doing a Buddy Holly style vocal. It closes out the album on a strong note.


The Brass Are Comin'
The Brass Are Comin'
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Brass Are Goin', July 10, 2014
This review is from: The Brass Are Comin' (Vinyl)
This 12-song album starts out with the instrumental "The Brass Are Comin'," which uncharacteristically features a banjo. "Good Morning Mr. Sunshine," and "Robbers And Cops," have memorable melodies. The haunting ballad "I'll Be Back" is very moving, and a highlight of the album. "Moon River" starts out with an arrangement that sounds like Nelson Riddle on a Frank Sinatra album, then segues into a classic Tijuana Brass arrangement. The best song on the album is "The Maltese Melody." It's a catchy, up-tempo tune, and was included in the 1987 collection, "Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Classics, Volume 1." The familiar song "Sunny" starts slowly, with a brief Herb Alpert vocal, then segues into a fast instrumental for the rest of the song. "I'm An Old Cowhand" is almost done as a novelty song, with the brass sounding at times like the moo of a cow! The love song "You Are My Life," which closes out the album, features a vocal by Herb Alpert, backed by more strings than brass. Overall, this is a pleasant album, but not among Herb Alpert's best. The album peaked at #30 in Billboard's album chart, and marked the end of an era. After "The Brass Are Comin'" was released, Herb Alpert disbanded the Tijuana Brass. The 1971 album "Summertime" was credited to Herb Alpert only.


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