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This review is from: Play Telstar & Ventures in Space (Audio CD)
These were the first two Ventures albums to be released on CD.
The Ventures Play Telstar, The Lonely Bull was the group's ninth album. It was their best selling album. The original concept for the album was "Hits of the Sixties", but when one of the Ventures heard the instrumental "Telstar" by the Tornados on the radio, he realized that it would be a smash hit. So, the Ventures recorded their own version of the song and added it to the album. The Ventures Telstar album beat the Tornados album into record stores by several weeks, and outsold it. Going along with the original "Hits of the Sixties" concept for the album, there are no original songs on the album. Every song is a cover version of an instrumental hit by somebody else. All very well played, naturally.
Ventures In Space was the group's 14th album. It is a concept album featuring songs with a "science fiction" theme. The "headlining" songs are the cover versions of the surf hits "Out of Limits" and "Penetration", both of which are very well performed. The rest of the songs, including a number of original tunes, are also very good. "War of the Satellites" is a personal favorite of mine.
Ventures fans will enjoy this CD.