The Ventures: Walk, Don't Run- 1960 or 1964?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by pookie613, Jun 11, 2021 at 5:07 AM.

Which version do you prefer?

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  1. 1960 version

    92.9%
  2. 1964 version

    7.1%
  1. pookie613

    pookie613 Strat-Talker

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    Inquiring minds must know-- which version do you prefer?

    1960 version


    1964 version
     
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  2. Oldboy

    Oldboy Strat-O-Master

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    Both are fine with me. Don't forget the original 1954 version written and played by Johnny Smith.

     
  3. pookie613

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    Thanks for posting that... I wasn't aware, and IMO, it sounds a lot more natural than The Ventures' versions. Unfortunately, it supports the view that music got "dumbed down" earlier than I'd thought!
     
  4. HazyPurple

    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    When I started out playing, I learnt Hank Marvins' version.

    Didn't know it had been done before. You learn something new everyday, as the saying goes.
     
  5. pookie613

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    It's odd that they "improved" it in 1964. The descending chord progression was de-emphasized and supplemented with the "Pipeline"/"Misirlou" riff that became a staple of surf music. I suppose that the addition of the keyboards made it seem more modern like "Telstar" but sounds kinda cheesy nowadays. I prefer the louder melody mix and the staccato chord punctuation of the '64 version's chord-abbreviated bridge, but not much else. IMO...
     
  6. Uncle Jimmy

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    I like them both, for different reasons, but lean toward 64 because I was fifteen and first getting into guitar.
     
  7. stratocarlster

    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member

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    '60 is perfect, '64 pointless.
     
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    Johnny Smith by a mile.
     
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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    Never heard the JohnnySmith before now. Grooooovy.
     
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