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The Ventures - Surfin' and Spyin'dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine single from the Ventures, cut during their early eighties comeback, when the LA punk scene adopted them, along with Jon and the Nightriders. The two tracks here are among the best of their post 1965 material. It must be the influence of new enthusiastic fans. In any event, this is a nice single.
Picks: Surfin' and Spyin', Showdown At Newport

Track by Track Review


Surfin' and Spyin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the better tracks from the modern era Ventures, this fine tune features the chorus support of the Go-Go's, who also recorded this song. Infectious riff rocking surf oriented eighties power instro.

Showdown At Newport dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A lot like "Surfin' & Spyin'" (its B-side when it was a single), but more Venturistic. This is a rhythmic and crunchy eighties pop surf oriented number with magnetism. Among the better modern era Ventures tracks, with guitar work that holds your attention. The melody is like a sideways "Comin' Home Baby."