Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Beloved Invaders - S/Tdotdot
artworkFrom Boulder, Colorado comes a band very heavily steeped in the Ventures tradition. These are all covers, and all based on Ventures arrangements, with little or no deviation. Recorded at KGNU. "The Cruel Sea" is listed on the tray card, but does not appear on the disc. The performance is tentative, but with time and effort, could develop into a nice combo, though I'm not sure a ventures clone is such a good idea. nevertheless, these guys are having fun doing their thing, and that's really all that's required.
Picks: Diamond Head, Penetration, Driving Guitars, Lullaby Of The Leaves, Apache, Perfidia, Sleep Walk, Pipeline, Out Of Limits, Diamond Head, Spudnik, Secret Agent Nan

Track by Track Review


Diamond Head dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

This is a reverent cover of the Ventures' "Diamond Head." Well played, precise, and a little bass heavy.

Penetration dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

The Pyramids' "Penetration" is lovingly delivered as intended, with no embellishment or mods.

Driving Guitars dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

"Driving Guitars" is played like the Ventures meant it to be.

Lullaby Of The Leaves dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

The Ventures relived vicariously through an accurate cover.

Apache dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

On the surfy side, yet reverent to the Ventures and Shadows. A nicely done, straight cover.

Perfidia dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

Essentially unchanged from the Ventures' 1960 version. Rhythmic and fun.

Sleep Walk dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

"Sleep Walk" played without slide or lap steel, much as the Ventures did it.

Pipeline dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

The Ventures' version smoothed out some, and roundly fun.

Out Of Limits dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

The Mar-Ketts' "Out Of Limits" is duplicated from the Ventures' cover, right down to the vibrato lead.

Diamond Head dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

This is a reverent cover of the Ventures' "Diamond Head." Well played, precise, and a little bass heavy.

Spudnik dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

As you would expect, this is essentially the original Ventures arrangement.

Secret Agent Nan dotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

A cover of the Ventures rendition of the TV show theme. The performance is a little tentative.