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The Ventures - Christmas Albumdotdot
artworkSo, if you're a Ventures fan, don't read this. I'm not. IMHO, this CD shows their formula merger of what sound like backtracks to their other material with a Christmas melody over the top. Hence, "Walk, Don't Run" becomes "Sleigh Ride" and "When You Walk In The Room" becomes "Blue Christmas." It's better than Cal Tjader does "Hanukah," but not much.
Picks: Sleigh Ride, Snow Flakes, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bell Rock, Silver Bells, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, Scrooge, Blue Christmas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, White Christmas

Track by Track Review

Sleigh Ride dotdotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

"Walk Don't Run" cloned with damped dry leads.

Snow Flakes dotdotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

Vibrato laden slow and pretty.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town dotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

"Woolly Bully" is coming to town.

Jingle Bells dotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

"What'd I Say" with the clap. Not very interesting at all.

Jingle Bell Rock dotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

Chuck Berry never meant this to happen to "Memphis."

Silver Bells dotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

"Because They're Young," they don't know any better.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer dotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

Beatle bones and Rolling Stones... The Captain couldn't have known that Rudolph would wanna fly to "I Feel Fine."

Frosty The Snowman dotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

The snowman never drank no "Tequila."

Scrooge dotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

Fee Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of a boring old bum.

Blue Christmas dotdotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

Jackie DeShannon's magnificent "When You Walk I n The Room" doesn't deserve Elvis' drug OD blues.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas dotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

Is this "The Creeper" under the bells?

White Christmas dotdot
Christmas (Instrumental)

Call the Medic, "Blue Star" has succumbed to Bingo Crosbiano. Just formulaic.