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18 December 2014

The Ventures - Christmas Album (1965)



These 12 traditional covers of your favorite all-time Christmas classics sound alive and fresh as ever. Album opener "Sleigh Ride" even gives you a brief taste of "Walk, Don’t Run" before tearing through the snow.


"Snow Flakes" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" sound completely warm and inviting with bending strings and electric tremolo that they could be theme songs for a swinging television Christmas special.

The Ventures tease listeners ever so slightly on "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by throwing in a hint of The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" here and there. "Scrooge", the only song with lyrics (though not many) wins out for most awesome with its jungle beat and "Love Potion No.9" feel, a song that should definitely be heard in more department stores year-round. The rave-up and tear down of these Christmas classics should definitely be noted and heard during the most wonderful time of the year.