The Ventures – Live At The Country Club (1981)

FrontCover1For those who enjoy ’60s guitar pop, there could be no finer instrumental group than The Ventures though there seemed to be some friendly rivalry among fans, especially those who preferred The Shadows.

The Ventures may have got a head start with Walk Don’t Run in 1960 but it was probably the hits-filled The Ventures Play Telstar And The Lonely Bull (1963) that made them famous in Asia. And if no one had heard of The Ventures, their 1969 cover of the Hawaii 5-O theme song of the hit TV show would have changed all that. [If memory serves, the song was also used as the theme song for Coke’s Cool And Swinging Show on Malaysian radio in the ’60s.

Good Ventures soundboards might be hard to come by and this mono soundboard, even if it was from the ’80s, is certainly a nice collection for any fan. A bonus is the group doing a vocal version of Runaway. Thanks to mvernon54 for taping and sharing the tracks on Dime.

mvernon54 noted: “My girlfriend Barbette worked at this club in the San Fernando valley for a while. If I remember right the master deck was a Nakamichi Dragon… This is a tape I have always been afraid would end up with the dreaded bootlegers. Kept it out of circulation (with a few exceptions) for all of these years. It is no good keeping it hidden forever so here you are.”

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Nokie Edwards, whose guitar playing in the Ventures helped define surf rock and earned the group a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died on March 12, 2018. He was 82 years old. “Nokie Edwards passed away today after several months battling an infection after hip surgery this past December,” says a statement on the band’s website. “The Ventures family feels this loss very deeply: Nokie has been part of the Ventures’ history for almost six decades and helped to shape the early Ventures’ sound and the success of their career.” The Ventures hit Number Two in 1960 with the propulsive classic, “Walk Don’t Run.” Even though the single was an instrumental, it was so successful that the band recorded a new version in 1964 that also became a top 10 hit. The band scored another major hit four years later when their brassy theme for the police procedural Hawaii Five-O reached Number Four. The Ventures released three gold-certified albums – The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull, Golden Greats and Hawaii Five-O – and, at one point, they had five albums in the top 100 simultaneously. (by Billboard)

Recorded live at the Country Club, Reseda, CA; May 29, 1981
Very good mono soundboard

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Personnel:
Bob Bogle (bass)
Nokie Edwards (lead guitar)
Mel Taylor (drums)
Don Wilson (rhythm guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Introduction 0.10
02. Runaway (Shannon/Crook) 2.32
03. Showdown At Newport (Dan) 2.20
04. Walk Don’t Run (Smith) 2.30
05. Goldfinger (Barry) 2.30
06. Let’s Go (L.Duncan/R.Duncan) 2.25
07. (Flight Of The) Bumblebee (Bogle) 2.45
08. Wipeout (Berryhill/Connolly/Fuller/Wilson) 4.42
09. Pipeline (Carman/Spickard) 3.13
10. Hawaii 5-O (Stevens) 2.36
11. Walk Don’t Run ‘64 (Smith) 2.07
12. Bulldog (Tomsco) 2.08
13. Secret Agent Man (Sloan/Barri) 2.15
14. Whittier Blvd. (Wilson/Reisdorff) 3.27
15. Telstar (Meek) 2.59
16. Surfin’ And Spyin’ (Caffey) 2.41
17. Perfidia (Dominguez/Leeds) 2.04

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Long time ago …

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