The Best Instrumental Songs From The Ventures
No Words Needed
In the 1960s, there was no shortage of talented rock ‘n roll bands. And so at a time when everyone needed to stand out, what made The Ventures different from all the rest? They only played instrumentals. And they have never even considered adding vocals to their songs – not that it mattered. All their tracks were insanely amazing. Besides, they’ve done numerous covers too and this is one thing they never shied away from.
According to founder Don Wilson, “Those covers are what kept us going, actually…. A lot of people don’t understand how hard it is to come by good instrumentals… They’re hard to come by, and writing an original is even harder.”
Here are ten of their finest instrumentals.
10. “The Bat”
Proof that you don’t need words to convey a message. This is spooky enough as it is!
9. “Steel Guitar Rag”
Flawless guitar playing, enough said.
8. “Wipe Out”
It’s good stuff like this that could go on for 30 minutes and we wouldn’t mind. Besides, more than talent, you need to have enough stamina to pull off that drumming.
7. “Lullaby of the Leaves”
The thing about being in an instrumental band is – you need to be a virtuoso. There’s no room for mediocrity here which is why The Ventures were a real standout – they displayed mastery with their musical instruments.
With The Ventures, listening to their songs is always a treat. Every instrumental has something different to offer. And when they performed live, you can tell they were having so much fun!
5. “Surf Rider”
What’s not to love about this classic?
Glorious! Love how the guitar just takes center stage.
3. “The 2000 Pound Bee Parts 1 & 2”
Want something heavier? This ought to strike your fancy!
2. “Hawaii Five-O”
This is wild from beginning to end. Simple but kickass!
1. “Walk Don’t Run ‘64”
The original “Walk Don’t Run” released in 1960 became the world’s introduction to their sound. Four years later, they covered their own song. This updated version was again a huge success.