Limited Edition 180g Green Vinyl LP! Re-mastered From
Original Analogue Tapes!
If ever there was a "band that launched a thousand bands," it would be
the Ventures. Founded in Tacoma, Washington in 1958, their guitar-based
instrumental sound would prove hugely influential, inspiring countless followers
to pick up a guitar, bass or set of drumsticks and try to emulate their heroes.
As these musical neophytes would soon learn, it wasn't as easy as it initially
appeared. The Ventures were masters of tone and technique, deftly arranging
their instruments in a seamless approach that was instantly recognizable.
Because they were an instrumental group, their songs needed no translation,
which resulted in a huge worldwide following. While many rock bands have claimed
to be "big in Japan" over the years, the Ventures were the country's first rock
superstars and they maintain a devoted worldwide following to this day. With
over 100 million records sold, they are the best selling instrumental group of
Sundazed is proud to rightfully address the magnificent Ventures' catalog—each
title has been sourced from the original Dolton and Liberty Records' reels
and painstakingly mastered to sound and feel like they were originally intended.
Along with precise artwork restoration on each title, these new Sundazed
editions stand as the definitive re-releases of these monumentally important
albums. Long may they rock!
The Ventures' debut album contains songs like "Raunchy", "My Own True Love
(Tara's Theme)", "Night Train", "Sleep Walk" and of course, the title track, the
hit "Walk, Don't Run".
"This debut album by the Ventures is surprisingly good, considering that it
was recorded in a huge rush, during an era when all concerned couldn't help but
know that rock & roll albums (apart from those by Elvis Presley) generally
didn't sell very well -- indeed, the fact that it is so good speaks volumes
about the class and talent of the group at this early point in their history.
With a sudden and totally unexpected number two national hit in "Walk, Don't
Run" and a burgeoning demand for live performances, the quartet went in and
recorded the best 11 tracks they knew to get a long-player together, all done in
such a hurry that the members themselves couldn't stay around long enough to be
photographed for the cover (those are stand-ins). The result is surprisingly
sophisticated in its use of stereo (then still relatively unusual in rock &
roll, stereo LPs having only debuted three years earlier, and largely confined
to classical recordings), dividing the sound of the band quite neatly on two
sides, thus giving LP purchasers a treat that owners of the single "Walk, Don't
Run" would miss -- not only the sound separation that was so prized by
audiophiles of the era, but crisp presentation of each instrument, dividing the
two guitars very neatly. Thus, the casual listener could play with the speaker
settings and balances, and the serious fans could get in close on the actual
playing. The material is a mix of originals and hits drawn from every category,
including earlier rock & roll instrumentals ("Raunchy"), R&B "Night Train," and
even film music ("My Own True Love [Tara's Theme]") -- one can just make out the
familiar Max Steiner Gone With the Wind motif on the latter, and it is a fairly
inventive approach to an old musical chestnut, rebuilding it from the ground up.
The material all has a lean jauntiness, most unexpectedly "Night Train," which
sounds closer in spirit to Chet Atkins here than to Buddy Morrow or King Curtis.
The originals were no filler, either, "The McCoy" being a hot piece of surf
guitar showcasing all concerned." - Bruce Eder, allmusic.com
• Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• Green Vinyl
• Re-mastered From Original Dolton & Liberty Records' Analogue Tapes
• Precise artwork restoration
4. My Own True Love (Tara's Theme)
5. The Switch
6. Walk, Don't Run
1. Night Train
2. No Trespassing
4. Sleep Walk
5. The McCoy
6. Honky Tonk