The Ventures – The Ventures' Christmas Album (1965)

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I am ashamed to admit that I’d never owned a copy of The Ventures’ Christmas Album, until a few years ago when I wandered into Bull Moose Music in Portland, Maine (actually, the description would be more accurate as: wobbled into because, at 20 degrees with gusty winds, it was fricken’ cold!)

Trans Siberian Orchestra? No, thank you. December by the Moody Blues? Uh … not this year. One Wish: The Holiday Album – Whitney Houston? No, don’t think so. Ashanti’s Christmas? (It’s probably a little bit immoral to get a Christmas CD just for the pictures).

For some reason, The Ventures’ Christmas Album cried out to me.

I was not disappointed.

So much fun to hear the classics reinterpreted by these kings of surf. Even more fun to hear snippets of classic pop and rock hits of the 1960’s sprinkled in: “Walk Don’t Run” turns into “Sleigh Ride,” “I Feel Fine” becomes “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty The Snowman” starts off as “Tequila.”

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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