June 23, 2013 – 4:52 am

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Santa Cruz 1987 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA, October 23, 1987. Very good to excellent matrix of soundboard and audience recording.

Growing up as a music listener in Malaysia (and $ingapore) in the late ’60s and early ’70s, one would have come across the following friendly “rivalries”: Elvis vs Cliff; Elvis vs Dylan; David Cassidy vs Bobby Sherman; and The Ventures vs The Shadows.

Popularity aside, and depending on which side of the Atlantic the fan favours, instrumental pop was still a big seller then. And for those who have a spot for surf music and The Ventures, this one’s for you.

Thanks to grner1 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

This is what grner1 noted:

First transfer for this excellent previously lost cassette master. It sounds like a straight soundboard recording but after comparing again with the 1987-06-26 Ventures that I know is a live matrix recording I’ve decided that this recording does have some ambience in the mix, just not much.

Monitor soundboard feed + 2 Crown PZM microphones + 2 Nakamichi cm300 microphones and one other ambient microphone mounted on balcony railing > live matrix “tape mix” > Sony TC-WR950 quick auto-reverse deck > Dolby C encoded Maxell XLII-S 90 & Maxell XLII 46 cassette master.
Transfer [2013-06-15]: Nakamichi Dragon (Dolby C decoded) > Macintosh with Digidesign Audiomedia III card > Pro Tools (minor “nip & tuck” edits, normalization & tracking - no equalization or DNR) > AIFF > xACT (Flac level 8 files with sector boundaries verified).
It was so loud over the stage that it was hard to get an optimal live mix but notes were kept for each band in case they later returned. Some of the mixes sounded more ambient than others and this one really sounds more like a straight soundboard feed but does have ambience too and the quality is fantastic on all of it.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. tune ups and announcer intro (2.9MB)
Track 102. Walk Don’t Run (3.4MB)
Track 103. talk (1.3MB)
Track 104. Telstar (4.1MB)
Track 105. Secret Agent Man (5.2MB)
Track 106. Tequila (7.3MB)
Track 107. La Bamba (5.6MB)
Track 108. Apache (4.9MB)
Track 109. talk (760k)
Track 110. Runaway (4.1MB)
Track 111. Green Onions (5.2MB)
Track 112. talk and band intros (2.5MB)
Track 113. Blowin’ In The Wind (2.1MB)
Track 114. Don’t Think Twice (2.7MB)
Track 115. Classical Gas (6.3MB)
Track 116. talk (760k)
Track 117. Let’s Go [false start] (1.7MB)
Track 118. Let’s Go (3.8MB)
Track 119. talk (676k)
Track 120. Pipeline (5.6MB)
Track 121. Hawaii Five-O (4.7MB)
Wipe Out [Version #1 - Missing - Not Recorded]

Disc 2
Track 201. Perfidia [cuts in] (2.8MB)
Track 202. Memphis (4.3MB)
Track 203. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue (3.9MB)
Track 204. The Outer Limits (3.4MB)
Track 205. talk (900k)
Track 206. Feel So Fine (3.7MB)
Track 207. Ghost Riders In The Sky (6.2MB)
Track 208. talk (508k)
Track 209. Walk Don’t Run ‘64 (4.0MB)
Track 210. Penetration (5.2MB)
Track 211. Honky Tonk (6.4MB)
Track 212. House Of The Rising Sun (4.6MB)
Track 213. talk (396k)
Track 214. Whittier Boulevard (7.9MB)
Track 215. Diamond Head (4.1MB)
Track 216. Pipeline (5.2MB)
Track 217. Tequila (7.2MB)
Track 218. Hawaii Five-O (4.3MB)
Track 219. talk (676k)
Track 220. Wipe Out (6.1MB)
Track 221. thanks, applause and talk before encore (1.2MB)
Track 222. Stars On Guitars medley (6.8MB)
Track 223. final thanks, announcer and applause (1.0MB)

Bob Bogle - founding member, guitar (Bogle died at age 75 on June 14, 2009 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma).
Gerry McGee - lead and bass guitar
Don Wilson - rhythm guitar
Mel Taylor - drums (Mel died from cancer on August 11, 1996; his son, Leon, has been The Ventures’ drummer ever since)

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  1. One Response to “THE VENTURES - SANTA CRUZ 1987”

  2. I think these guys (and their British counterparts The Shadows) deserve more credit than they’re given for setting the stage for the rise of the lead guitar in rock and roll as the voice second only to the singer.

    By Jim K. on Jun 24, 2013

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