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These are re-recordings of classic Ventures songs that the band tracked for Pat Boone’s Gold label in the year 2000 to celebrate their 40-year anniversary. Sure, fans of vintage vinyl could argue that Gold doesn’t sound exactly like the original recordings, but fans of the Ventures could also argue that it’s great to hear these guys go at it four decades later with the same gusto that they first cut to vinyl. Founding member Nokie Edwards plays on 14 tunes, sounding like he never left the band back in 1984. “Walk Don’t Run” opens with a new attack on the classic resonance of timeless sounding Fender guitars played through oceans of reverb and tremolo. It’s not until the sci-fi freak-outs in “Telstar” that things start sounding a bit anachronistic where 21st-century production goes head-to-head with 20th-century tones. But “Yellow Jacket” still buzzes and stings like it did in 1962, while “Wipe Out” was played so true to form with Leon Taylor filling in on drums for his late father Mel sounding like his father’s rhythmic talent was inherited.

Customer Reviews

Re-recordings of great songs

I am not sure when these songs were re-recorded for this album, but do yourself a favor and get Walk Don't Run: All Time Greatest Hits. Don't get me wrong, still great songs done well, but there is just something missing from the original recordings. And to me it feels like energy. For example on this album Wipe Out just isn't as dynamic as the Ventures original version (and the manic laugh isn't a s good either) Not a bad album, but the other ones are better.

rarity: rerecording old hits -- and nailing it

Normally, you don't want to mess with the original. And I don't really like the packaging, which makes the buyer think he's getting the old stuff. But as long as your clear that these are re-recordings ... they're great. The songs are more polished, and have some great little flourishes. The collection of songs can't be found anywhere else, and the versions aren't so far from the originals. Amazingly, this collection works if you're a Ventures die-hard or a grom.


Great album. I dnt know what the guy was thinking who sed to buy "walk don't run." i'm not saying not to because it is still a great album but it is missing my favorite song "Pipeline." Its up to u but i say "Gold" is bettter.


Formed: 1959 in Tacoma, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Not the first but definitely the most popular rock instrumental combo, the Ventures scored several hit singles during the 1960s -- most notably "Walk-Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O" -- but made their name in the growing album market, covering hits of the day and organizing thematically linked LPs. Almost 40 Ventures' albums charted, and 17 hit the Top 40. And though the group's popularity in America virtually disappeared by the 1970s, their enormous contribution to pop culture was far from over; the...
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