Friday, June 24, 2011

The Ventures made great sound without lyrics


Recently I got thinking about a band called the Ventures. They formed in 1958 and were big during the sixties. This high-energy rock group played strictly instrumental tunes. And were they ever good at it.

It seems they haven't been forgotten. This You-Tube video of Wipe Out, one of their big hits, was recorded in Japan in 1966.

In May 2011, the Ventures played the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. The concert was preceded by a Meet and Greet, and the sale merchandise included a CD with their version of the theme for Hawaii Five-O.

That series ran from 1968 to 1980. Hawaii-Five-O was an elite branch of police in Hawaii. The show made a come-back last year and has just acquired a new cast member.

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