I hope the new week finds you all well.
I was digging through the to-be-blogged folder and remembered that I had long ago digimatized the Ventures ‘Flights of Fantasy’ and unjustly forgotten about it in the ensuing flood of vinyl.
This is where we catch up with the Ventures in 1968, feeling fuzzy and far out.
It is almost as if someone backed a truck of guitar effects stomp boxes up to the studio and dumped it.
Here we get the Ventures working with fuzz, phase shifting, echo and tape delay to varying degrees of success.
As is the case with Sandy Nelson, I can almost always find something to dig on a Ventures album, and ‘Flights of Fantasy’ is no exception.
The two tracks I bring you today are my faves from the LP.
‘Summertime Blues’ is (of course) the Eddie Cochran classic, redone here in a Blue Cheer stylee, with heavy(er) drums, straight-up fuzz guitar lead and some rough rhythm guitar action.
While it’s certainly “squarer” than the Blue Cheer take, it still has lots of au-go-go feel to it.
The second track, ‘Walking the Carpet’ is a neat slice of (very) lite-psych, with flanged guitar and a nice melody. There’s even a bit of harpsichord buried in the mix.
It’s a nice chance to hear the Ventures running to keep up with the times, and like almost every one of their albums, ought to be an easy pull at the garage sale or flea market of your choosing.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.