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
Genre Surf rock
Length 27:43
Label Dolton Records
Producer Josie Wilson & Bob Reisdorff

The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull is a 1963 album by the band the Ventures, on Dolton Records BST 8019 (stereo) and BLP 2019 (monaural). 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.


As written on the back cover

At the point that Edwards ceased strictly playing "base"[1] (as spelled on the cover), he became the chief guitarist, and co-founder Bogle settled on bass.

Track listing[edit]

Side One:

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

Side Two:

  1. "Tequila" (2:44) - Daniel Flores
  2. "Green Onions" (2:05) - Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson, Jr., Lewis Steinberg
  3. "Percolator" (2:14) - Ernie Freeman, Louis Bideau
  4. "Red River Rock" (2:15) - Fred Mendelshon, Ira Mack, Tom King
  5. "Let There Be Drums" (2:20) - Sandy Nelson, Richard Podolor
  6. "Last Night" (2:29) - Charles Axton, Floyd Newman, Gilbert C. Caple, Jerry Lee Smith, & Chips Moman


  1. ^ 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

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