The Younger/Hipper Ventures of 1971
Today’s selection is the wildest number from a particularly wild and uncharacteristic album by the Ventures.
Like most instrumental acts of the day, the Ventures made an effort (sometimes stronger than others) to stay relevant.
Often, groups would – in a display of tokenism – cover some contemporary tune from outside their stylistic wheelhouse (and the Ventures DO do that here) but more often than not the group’s inadequacies come to the surface.
In the instance of the Ventures ‘New Testament’, the group really seems to be working in the direction of something new and relevant.
They add vocals, the group sound is a LOT heavier than normal, and someone in the band seems to have taken a liking to Santana (not so much in this track but everywhere else).
Today’s selection, ‘Good Mornin’ Captain’ could be a nod to either Captain Kangaroo or Grand Funk (or both), but it is very groovy indeed.
Here the Ventures are securely in a just-post-Woodstock rock bag, with an ear toward a much hipper end of the musical spectrum.
There’s some very nice heavy guitar, Latin percussion and a couple of very nice mellow breakdowns along the way.
The song was written by Norman Ezell of the Five Americans (though I can’t find any evidence that they recorded the song), and like much of ‘New Testament’ even the most astute listener would be hard pressed to peg this as a Ventures track.
Even though they are – like Sandy Nelson – a pretty reliable pull on the garage sale scene, this album turns up very rarely (which is why I grabbed it when I did).
It’s very groovy indeed.
I hope you dig the track, and I’ll see you all next week.
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