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Just got done watching the season premiere of Mad Men and this felt appropriate. It’s a re-up in a better bitrate as well. -Ian!

Few listeners need to dig deeper than a greatest hits collection for The Ventures, but this early effort is an arguable exception. The group embellished their trademark sleek guitar instrumentals with creepy, then-futuristic production effects, sounding at times like a mix of surf music and the incidental music to Star Trek. The ghostly, theremin-like sounds on several tracks are actually produced by top session player Red Rhodes on steel guitar. The British instrumental group The Tornados (of “Telstar” fame) did this kind of stuff better, if you’re looking for this kind of thing.

-Richie Unterberger,

The Ventures-VENTURES IN SPACE (1963)



  1. this is a fantastic album, man…good share.

  2. thanks for this. been on a huge surf/spy/sci-fi kick lately and happy to see this posted after only just stumbling on your blog tonight!

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