The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull

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The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull
Studio album by The Ventures
Released January 1963
Recorded 1962
Genre Surf rock
Length 27:43
Label Dolton
Producer Josie Wilson, Bob Reisdorff
The Ventures chronology
Going to the Ventures Dance Party!
(1962)Going to the Ventures Dance Party!1962
The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull

The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull is an album by the band the Ventures, released in 1963. It consists entirely of cover versions of popular instrumentals from the late 50's to early 60's (all of which reached the Top 15 on Billboard, including eleven Top Tens and three #1's) and became their highest charting album, peaking at #8 on Billboard and earning the band a gold record for over 500,000 copies sold.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

In his review for Allmusic, critic Fred Thomas wrote of the album "Despite a somewhat wooden performance on many of the tracks, the hard-panned stereo production makes for a very big sound. While reading somewhere between campy and nostalgic in the context of the decades that followed, The Ventures Play Telstar is still a high point in the band's overwhelming discography, and as strong a sample of early-'60s commercially viable surf rock as you're likely to find."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Telstar" (Joe Meek) – 2:37
  2. "The Lonely Bull" (Sol Lake) – 2:11
  3. "Mexico" (Boudleaux Bryant) – 2:26
  4. "Calcutta" (Heino Gaze) – 2:20
  5. "Apache" (Jerry Lordan) – 3:08
  6. "Never on Sunday" (Manos Hadjidakis) – 2:14

Side two[edit]

  1. "Tequila" (Daniel Flores) – 2:244
  2. "Green Onions" (Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson, Jr., Lewis Steinberg) – 2:05
  3. "Percolator" (Ernie Freeman, Louis Bideau) – 2:14
  4. "Red River Rock" (Fred Mendelshon, Ira Mack, Tom King) – 2:15
  5. "Let There Be Drums" (Sandy Nelson, Richard Podolor) – 2:20
  6. "Last Night" (Charles Axton, Floyd Newman, Gilbert C. Caple, Jerry Lee Smith, Chips Moman) – 2:29


As written on the back cover

At the point that Edwards ceased strictly playing "base"[2] (as spelled on the cover), he became the chief guitarist, and co-founder Bogle settled on bass.


  1. ^ a b Thomas, Fred. "The Ventures Play Telstar, The Lonely Bull > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ refers to basic guitar, as the bottom of the sound. So it's the most prominent guitar on a track which can be called lead guitar. Bogle did play also lead guitar but less prominent