Friday Song: The Ventures

The Japanese embraced the virtuoso cinematic surf guitar sound of The Ventures more than any country, enough that one of their premier performances remains BELOVED INVADERS, the full-length film of their 1965 Japan tour, unavailable here on domestic DVD. Covering “The House Of The Rising Sun,” the band almost manage to pack as much sound and fury in two minutes more than The Animals in four; I’d wager The Ventures version is the second best ever. Go Land Of The Rising Sun!

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