Posts filed under ‘Ventures’

Exploration in Terror

“Exploration in Terror” is another track from the 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was written by members Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Nokie Edwards. The original recording featured a very prominent Tam-Tam (Gong) throughout. My arrangement includes a toned-down role for this distinctive sound. My arrangement also replaces the original lead guitar with a baritone guitar, which I think adds to the “spookiness” of the overall vibe.

May 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

4th Dimension

“4th Dimension” was a track on the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was written by Gary Hodge and Terry Wadsworth. Interestingly, the tune was first released as a single in 1960 on the Dolton label (the Ventures’ label as well) called “Werewolf” by a surf-rock band called “The Frantics”. The original version is very good and can be found on Youtube.

Its spooky demeanor apparently led to its inclusion on “Ventures in Space” but since werewolves aren’t really about outer space, a new title was needed.

My arrangement is similar to both the Ventures’s and Frantic’s versions.

 

May 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

War of the Satellites

“War of the Satellites” was a track on the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was written by guitarist Danny Hamilton.
Hamilton wrote a number of tracks for the Ventures, including the surf rockers  “Diamond Head” and “Escape”. He had also been a member of the “T-Bones”, the group put together to tour behind the song “No Matter What Shape”. Hamilton is probably best known for the group, Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds, who had a huge hit with “Don’t Pull Your Love” in 1970.

May 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Solar Race

“Solar Race” was a track on the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was written by members Don Wilson, Bob Bogle and Nokie Edwards.  It had originally been released as a single in 1963 called “The Chase” in which the beginning and end included the sounds of vrooming car engines. This version charted in Australia.

My version is pretty much a cover. I thought it went well with scenes from the some of the “Supermarionation” TV series from the same period.

 

May 15, 2017 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

Moon Child

“Moon Child” was originally a track on the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space”. The tune was composed by Julius Wechter, a vibes and marimba player who worked extensively with Herb Alpert and also led the Baja Marimba Band. He wrote “Spanish Flea” and was a regular member of the Tijuana Brass. One of the ironies of these “Mexican” groups was that Alpert, Wechter and most of the members of both bands were Jewish.
“Ventures in Space” was released to take advantage of the popularity of the instrumental “Telstar” Written by Joe Meek, “Telstar” was a huge hit as released by the Tornadoes, a British group.

May 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Love Goddess of Venus

“Love Goddess of Venus” was originally a track on the Ventures 1964 album “Ventures in Space” and was penned by member Don Wilson. This album was reportedly the first set of recordings done after they switched from Fender to Mosrite guitars.

My version is similar to the original, but a bit less elaborately produced.

May 13, 2017 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

Journey to the Stars

“Journey to the Stars” was originally a track from the Ventures’ 1964 album, “The Fabulous Ventures”, which mainly features compositions credited to all four of the group: Mel Taylor, Don Wilson, Nokie Edwards and Bob Bogle. This tune is one of those.

My arrangement is basically a cover with only a few details changed.

May 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm Leave a comment

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