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The Ventures - Sample Sounds

You can listen to the sample sounds of the New Albums on CD in the Japanese website of PONY CANYON INC. (click here)


Friday, June 16, 2017

"Pipeline" - The Ventures at "Belly Up Surf Music Festival"

THE VENTURES performing "Pipeline" at "Belly Up Surf Music Festival" - San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, California, USA. (June 15, 2017).

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Bob Spalding (lead guitar), Ian Spalding (rhythm guitar), Luke Griffin (bass), Leon Taylor (drums)
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Bob Berryhill (lead guitar), Gene Berryhill (bass), Deven Berryhill (guitar), Joel Berryhill (drums/vocal) 
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fred Steele Roadster on "(THE) VENTURES IN SPACE" Album cover

The album (THE) "VENTURES IN SPACE" recorded in October 1963 and released on January 25, 1964 is one of the most famous and memorable of the group. With surrealistic and space music and the incredible cover. It was also the first album in which the MOSRITE guitar was used instead of the traditional FENDER. In this album there was the participation of the musician Red Rhodes with the Pedal Steel Guitar to make the surrealistic effect similar to the "theremin". Nokie, on the other hand, made the other sounds, like a creak, with his guitar. He also used a small box built by Rhodes to control the frequency peaks of the guitar called "COMPRESSOR". All sounds were generated by musical instruments.


[ ... In 1964, THE VENTURES, the best selling Instrumental Rock Group of All Time (with over 110 million albums sold worldwide and now inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) introduced their 14th and possibly the most influential album "The Ventures In Space". The best-selling album 's alluring cover featured a romantic young couple in a striking white "T-Bucket" parked high on Mulholland Drive overlooking the lights of the vast Los Angeles Basin. It was the prototype sunny Southern California image - but who could have guessed that cool T-Bucket roadster had been constructed a few years earlier across the country near frigid Boston, Massachusetts! ...]

Excerpt from the text "T-BUCKET PLANS" written by "John TBucketPlans.com"on August 17, 2015, with a bit of history about this fabulous Roadster that prints the album cover. Check out the full text at this link: http://www.tbucketplans.com/fred-steele-roadster-ventures-in-space/

More details about T-Bucket in the website forum "H.A.M.B" - JALOPY JOURNAL.COM: https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/fred-steeles-white-t-bucket-ventures-album-cover-car.428835/

Original "builder" Don Spinney with the "Fred's T-Bucket".
Source consulted: "Walk-Don't Run The Story of The Ventures" by Del Halterman, 2009.

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Reverberation is a widely used effect in Surf Rock songs. it makes the amplitude of a sound (enhance), different from the "echo" that has the return of the sound. Essential in the rhythm guitarist and leader.

* [The Reverberation
A listener that lies some distance from a sound source will perceive a sound that is actually a combination of direct sound and indirect sound that has been reflected within the boundaries of the listening area. Reflections are referred to as reverberation. "Reverb" can enhance the perceived sound of a source by adding depht, color and liveliness.
"Reverb" can be thought of as consisting of two parts:
1. Early reflections shape the listener's conception of the size of the room;
2. Disorderly reflections convey the vivacity of a room.
Imagine that you are inside a large hall and you clap your hands once. the length of time required for the arrival of the first reflections is called the delay time (usually in the order of tens of milliseconds, for example 33ms) and is related to the volume of the room (or distance from the listener's reflecting surfaces). the number and density of reflections increase rapidly over time and become confused as they simultaneously decrease in level until they are no longer audible.]...

Historical use in Musical Instruments
Laurens Hammond of Illinois popularized the use of artificial reverberating devices through his church organs in the 1940s and 1950s "The early (pre B-3®) Hammond® organs were sold to churches on the principle that organ music is greatly enhanced by reverberation, but the minister's speech in the church is hampered by reverberation. Therefore, churches were designed to be acoustically dead, and the Hammond® organ had to have its own artificial reverberation.
Reverberation made its debut in the Fender® line as a separate item, using a spring unit bought from Hammond®, in 1961. It was first incorporated in a Fender® amplifier with the Vibroverb® of 1963 and then spread widely throughout the amp line, just as vibrato/tremolo had before it. ...]

* SOURCE: Part of the text by Kurt Prange published on 09/09/2010 on the website of "Amplified Parts". To access the full text: (click here:  https://www.amplifiedparts.com/tech-corner/spring-reverb-tanks-explained-and-compared) .

"The Story of Spring Reverberation" on Accutronics Reverb website: (http://www.accutronicsreverb.com/main/?skin=sub03_01.html)

There are currently varieties of digital pedals with spring reverberation simulators.
Below is the demonstration video of a typical analog spring reverberator

YouTube (Reverb.com)

1.   Direct No Effector
2.   JC-120 Attached
3.   BOSS RV-3 Digital Reverb/Delay
4.   Electro Harmonix Holy Grail
5.   DigiTech DIGIVERB Digital Reverb
6.   Danelectro Spring King
7.   BOSS FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
8.   DigiTech RV-7 Stereo Reverb
9.   strymon blueSky
10. Fender Reverb Box Reissue

# Rhythm Music: Diamond Head
# Amp: Roland JC-120

 1.Guitar: Mosrite 1964 Vintage

2. Guitar: Fender Jazzmaster 1966 Vintage
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* Text previously published in the blog on April 26, 2011. Complemented and updated on March 16, 2017.


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