instrumental rock band formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. Founded by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, the group in its various incarnations has had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide. With over 100 million records sold, the group is the best-selling instrumental band of all time. In 2008, the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Their instrumental virtuosity, experimentation with guitar effects,
and unique sound laid the groundwork for innumerable groups, earning
them the moniker "The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands". While their popularity in the United States waned in the 1970s, the group remains revered in Japan, where they tour regularly to this day.
recorded a lot of instrumental versions of TV themes in the 1960s and
1970s, whether it was actually used as the theme (as with their hit
"Hawaii Five-O") or, as was usually the case, was just a cover...About
half of the CD dates from 1976, and has discofied renditions of themes to the likes of Baretta's Theme and Mission Impossible. More in
keeping with the classic lean Ventures
sound are the 1960s cuts which include versions of "Star Trek," "S.W.A.T.," "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," and (maybe best of all) "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)"..It's mostly fan club members, for either the Ventures or
the TV shows in question, who should feel compelled to investigate.
have been relatively few personnel changes since the group’s
inception. Original drummer Howie Johnson broke his neck in a 1961 car
accident and was unable to handle extensive touring. Mel Taylor
replaced him in 1962. This cemented the classic Ventures lineup of Don
Wilson, Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards and Mel Taylor. In 1968 Edwards left
to go solo and was replaced on lead guitar by Gerry McGee. Edwards
returned to the fold in 1972 and remained until late 1984. Once again,
he was replaced by McGee, who remains with the group and continues to
tour with them in Japan. Bob Bogle retired from touring in December
2004 and was replaced by Bob Spalding.
Today’s lineup comprises
Don Wilson, Bob Spalding (who first appeared live with the group in
1981), Gerry McGee, and Leon Taylor (who replaced his late father Mel in
1996). Nokie Edwards still joins them on selected dates.
01 - Hawaii Five-O
02 - Star Trek
03 - Nabia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)
04 - Baretta's Theme
05 - S.W.A.T.
06 - No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
07 - Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)
08 - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
09 - M.A.S.H.
10 - Mission Impossible