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Alive Five-O Greatest Hits Live

Alive Five-O Greatest Hits Live

by The VenturesThe Ventures


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OK, so they're not the original studio recordings, which are readily available on a multitude of CDs, But this 37-track (including a pair of medleys) double-CD set is still mightily impressive -- these guys make perfection seem so easy that it's almost a philosophically profound experience. This set is derived from a brace of official live recordings done on tour in Japan between 1990 and 2002, a kind of "best-of" their work from 1990 onward, and the producers have very clearly made their choices on more than technical grounds -- there's expressiveness as well as precision throughout the 105 minutes of Alive Five O. The result is a best-of the latter-day Ventures -- which, because they they have done little else but perfect the sound they started with at the end of the 1950s, places it only inches (if that), technically and philosophically, from being a best-of the Ventures. Gerry McGee (lead guitar, bass), Nokie Edwards (lead guitar, bass), Don Wilson (rhythm guitar), and Bob Bogle (bass, lead guitar) are everywhere, and the late Mel Taylor is the drummer on the 1990-vintage cuts, while his son Leon Taylor handles the skins on the majority of the tracks. The sound is as flawless as the performances, and the annotation is thorough as well.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Varese Fontana
UPC: 0030206666427
catalogNumber: 066664
Rank: 136795


Disc 1

  1. Medley: Walk, Don't Run/Perfidia/Lullaby of the Leaves
  2. Diamond Head
  3. Seaside Story
  4. Hokkaido Skies
  5. Pipeline
  6. Reflections in a Palace Lake
  7. Caravan
  8. Classical Gas
  9. Apache
  10. Calhoun Surf
  11. Medley: Walk, Don't Run/Rawhide/Shanghai'ed/Torquay/The Work ...
  12. The Cruel Sea
  13. Telstar
  14. Black Sand Beach
  15. Let's Go
  16. House of the Rising Sun
  17. Wipe Out

Disc 2

  1. Ghost Riders in the Sky
  2. Wailin'
  3. Maria Elena
  4. Yellow Jacket
  5. Sleepwalk
  6. The McCoy
  7. The Ninth Wave
  8. Bondolero
  9. Magic Night
  10. Driving Guitars
  11. Hawaii Five-O
  12. Manchurian Beat
  13. Penetration
  14. Bumble Bee Twist
  15. Surf Rider
  16. Out of Limits
  17. Walk, Don't Run '64
  18. Slaughter on 10th Avenue
  19. Secret Agent Man
  20. Goldfinger

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ventures   Primary Artist
Nokie Edwards   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Don Wilson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bob Bogle   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Mel Taylor   Percussion,Drums
Gerry McGee   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Leon Taylor   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Mac Wiseman   Executive Producer
Mason Williams   Composer
P.F. Sloan   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Joe Meek   Composer
Nokie Edwards   Composer
Surfaris   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Don Wilson   Composer
Steve Barri   Composer
Bob Bogle   Composer
Richard Delvy   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Johnny Durrill   Composer
Michael Z. Gordon   Composer
Keisuke Kuwata   Composer
Jerry Lordan   Composer
Mort Stevens   Composer
Mel Taylor   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Danny Amis   Composer
Gerry McGee   Composer
Brian Carman   Composer
Ann Farina   Composer
Johnny Farina   Composer
Santo Farina   Composer
Bob Spickard   Composer
S.K. Russell   Composer
A. Domínguez   Composer
Fiona Taylor   Executive Producer
David Beard   Liner Notes
Danny Hamilton   Composer
Uncle J. T. Young   Composer
Lanny Duncan   Composer

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