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The Ventures are an American instrumental rock band formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. Founded by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, the group in its various incarnations has had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide. With over 100 million records sold, the group is the best-selling instrumental band of all time. In 2008, the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Their instrumental virtuosity, experimentation with guitar effects, and unique sound laid the groundwork for innumerable groups, earning them the moniker "The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands". While their popularity in the United States waned in the 1970s, the group remains revered in Japan, where they tour regularly to this day.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Walk, Don’t Run The Ventures 2
1961 The Ventures The Ventures 4
1961 Another Smash!!! The Ventures 2
1961 The Colorful Ventures The Ventures 2
1962 Twist With the Ventures The Ventures 1
1962 Twist Party, Volume 2 The Ventures 1
1962 Mashed Potatoes and Gravy The Ventures 1
1962 Going to the Ventures' Dance Party! The Ventures 1
1963 The Ventures Play “Telstar”, “The Lonely Bull” and Others The Ventures 2
1963 Surfing The Ventures 1
1963 Bobby Vee Meets The Ventures Bobby Vee and The Ventures 1
1963 The Ventures Play the Country Classics The Ventures 1
1963 Let's Go! The Ventures 1
1964 (The) Ventures in Space The Ventures 1
1964 The Fabulous Ventures The Ventures 1
1964 Walk, Don’t Run, Volume 2 The Ventures 1
1965 Knock Me Out! The Ventures 1
1965 The Ventures à Go-Go The Ventures 4
1965 The Ventures’ Christmas Album The Ventures 2
1966 Where the Action Is The Ventures 1
1966 The Ventures Play the "Batman" Theme The Ventures 1
1966 Go With The Ventures The Ventures 1
1966 Runnin' Strong The Ventures 1
1966 Wild Things! The Ventures 1
1967 Guitar Freakout The Ventures 1
1967 Super Psychedelics The Ventures 1
1967 $1,000,000.00 Weekend The Ventures 1
1968 Flights of Fantasy The Ventures 1
1968 The Horse The Ventures 1
1969 Underground Fire The Ventures 1
1969 Hawaii Five-O The Ventures 1
1969 Swamp Rock The Ventures 1
1970 10th Anniversary Album The Ventures 1
1971 New Testament The Ventures 1
1972 Theme From "Shaft" The Ventures 1
1972 Joy: The Ventures Play the Classics The Ventures 1
1972 Rock and Roll Forever The Ventures 1
1973 Only Hits! The Ventures 1
1974 The Jim Croce Songbook The Ventures 1
1974 The Ventures Play The Carpenters The Ventures 1
1975 Now Playing The Ventures 1
1976 Rocky Road The Ventures 1
1977 T.V. Themes The Ventures 2
1979 Latin Album The Ventures 1
1983 NASA 25th Anniversary Commemorative Album The Ventures 1
1987 Radical Guitars The Ventures 2
1992 SAY YES The Ventures 1
1992 The Ventures Play “Telstar”, “The Lonely Bull” and Others / (The) Ventures in Space The Ventures 1
1994 Another Smash!!! / The Colourful Ventures The Ventures 1
1994 Walk, Don’t Run / The Ventures The Ventures 1

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