The Ventures in Space

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The Ventures in Space
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 25, 1964
RecordedOctober 1963
GenreInstrumental rock, space rock
ProducerRobert Reisdorff
The Ventures chronology
Let's Go!
The Ventures in Space
The Fabulous Ventures
Singles from The Ventures in Space
  1. "Penetration"
    Released: 1963

The Ventures in Space is an album by the guitar-based instrumental group the Ventures, released in 1964. Information on the slip cover states that all the unique, unworldly sounds featured in the album's tracks were made with musical instruments, rather than with electronic devices. It was one of the first albums on which the group played the new Mosrite brand guitars instead of their traditional Fender instruments. The album was released in 1964 on the Dolton label, and reissued in the late 1970s by Pickwick Records (with a new cover depicting an astronaut performing a spacewalk).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

In his review for Allmusic, critic Richie Unterberger wrote of the album "Few listeners need to dig deeper than a greatest-hits collection for the Ventures, but this early effort is an arguable exception... The British instrumental group the Tornados (of "Telstar" fame) did this kind of stuff better, but Ventures in Space is a fun diversion from their usual sound that holds up well."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Out of Limits" (Michael Z. Gordon) – 2:14
  2. "He Never Came Back" (Don Wilson, Mel Taylor, Nokie Edwards, Bob Bogle) – 2:06
  3. "Moon Child" (Cissy Wechter, Julius Wechter) – 2:07
  4. "Fear" (Harry Lubin) – 2:24
  5. "Exploration in Terror" (Wilson, Edwards, Bogle) – 2:14
  6. "War of the Satellites" (Danny Hamilton) – 1:57

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Bat" (Lou Forbes) – 2:14
  2. "Penetration" (Steve Leonard) – 2:10
  3. "Love Goddess of Venus" (Wilson) – 2:35
  4. "Solar Race" (Wilson, Edwards, Bogle) – 2:34
  5. "The Fourth Dimension" (Gary Hodge, Terry Wadsworth) – 2:15
  6. "Twilight Zone" (Marty Manning) – 2:36



Additional musicians[edit]



  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "The Ventures in Space > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2016.