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General Discussion / Re: The 2000lb Bee 1&2
« on: January 03, 2012, 09:34:53 am »
Walt's KEY WORD is correctly.  Only issue I found was a track (# 12) listing both parts & that appears on the LEGENDARY MASTERS- EMI Best Of The
Ventures.  Totalling 29 total tracks it's quite definitive.  As regards the RARE COLLECTIONS LP, I shutter every time I see the darn cover & look at
Mel's head on Howie's body- easily THE WORST attempt at trickery The Ventures ever pulled!

Introduction / Re: Tony Hoffman signing in
« on: January 02, 2012, 06:50:24 pm »
Yes I do.  In fact ALL FOUR issues were on display with my other memorabilia at the jam.  Suppose as long as I
continue with THE JAM each year & you with THE MAGAZINE, we'll just look to do 'the same exchange' annually!

Introduction / Re: Tony Hoffman signing in
« on: January 02, 2012, 06:23:12 pm »
Incidentally Tony, I'm willing to do that 'even exchange' thing we did last year regarding your fabulous magazine.  I've got a
2011 FAN JAM DVD SET waiting to mail out.  I assume the first issue of the new year signifies RENEWAL TIME for alot of us. 

Introduction / Re: Tony Hoffman signing in
« on: January 02, 2012, 05:51:22 pm »
Walt & I THANK YOU for climbing onboard!

General Discussion / STEP FORWARD PLEASE!
« on: January 01, 2012, 11:02:14 am »
Darned if I can find THE POST I'm looking for but someone was interested in obtaining a MINT copy of ENCORE/LIVE AGAIN & I'm not referring to the CD.
Good friend Bernie Kester is willing to part with his EXTRA COPY for $40 inc. mailing.  Get back to me if you're still interested in adding 'this gem' to your

Ventures Fan Fest / Much Appreciated!
« on: December 31, 2011, 12:48:07 pm »
Paul- As those UF2 Jam reviews were being posted by fans like yourself who took the plunge for the collection, I saved them under JAM DOCUMENTS.
         I admired THE WAY you approached your review- taking care of each disc individually.  You provided plenty of thoughtful insight & I understand
         two remain in the mix for review.   Easily, YOU'VE TAKEN HOME top honors TO THIS POINT.  Let's hope your postings here only begin to scratch
         the surface when extolling all the pluses that can be had with one's very own 2011 EAST COAST FAN JAM COLLECTION.   WELCOME ABOARD &
         thanks for coming thru for me in more ways than one!

General Discussion / Re: On Stage Encore / Live Again
« on: December 30, 2011, 10:02:27 am »
Also have the CD & capability to burn a copy but it sounds like you're looking for the actual release.  Should have a price on that soon.

Drums and Drummers / Re: MEL TAYLOR vs JOE BARILE!
« on: December 30, 2011, 09:42:10 am »
That's what we need more clips of.   My favorite LP's are the Japanese live offerings from the 70's.  Really a shame that
VHS tapes weren't released from those years.  Every once in a while a clip like this will pop up but most likely they were
taken by fans in the audience.   Thanks Rich!

« on: December 30, 2011, 09:24:19 am »
Well gang with this posting I have to hope that my good friend & top dog regarding this forum- WALT STAGNER keeps this post active into the new year.

Together since he was my main video man the last two years at our annual EAST COAST VENTURES JAMS, we've assembled all the footage from the
event into DVD's.   In 2010, the collection was FIVE DVD'S- this year we're looking at an 8 DISC SET- 7 DVD's plus a PHOTO CD.  For those of you who
missed the gathering & would like to share in the genuine excitement of the day, I'm offering out COMPLETE SETS of either year- '010 & '011 at $35
which includes mailing costs.  And YES I did read those forum rules stating the forum would not be used for monetary gain but I'm FAIRLY SURE our
main man wouldn't object in this one instance. 

How 'bout it buddy!

Other particulars available at:

Kindest regards,

Thomas (co-moderator) but maybe not too much longer with THESE SHENANIGANS!

Ventures Fan Fest / Re: TENTATIVE 2012 DATE!
« on: December 30, 2011, 09:03:36 am »
I'm hoping Vincent, Joe & Joe E. climb onboard as well.
And just for the ____ of it, I'll extend the invite to that
Mr. Copnall as well!

General Discussion / Re: On Stage Encore / Live Again
« on: December 29, 2011, 06:38:17 pm »
I have a MINT copy of the LP here that belongs to a friend & I'll check
 to see what he wants for it.  Will try to get back to you shortly!

Introduction / Re: Hello from Buffalo!
« on: December 29, 2011, 01:54:48 pm »
Gary- Honestly don't think you could've posted a more appropriate photo!

Introduction / Re: Howdy!
« on: December 29, 2011, 01:50:35 pm »
Welcome aboard sir.  Co-moderator Tom here. 
I'm sure before the day is out Walt will do the

Drums and Drummers / MEL TAYLOR vs JOE BARILE!
« on: December 29, 2011, 09:41:52 am »
This is a topic we had some fun with on the other Ventures forum- UNDERGROUND FIRE 2.  And to shed a little more light on the subject, at this year's
FAN JAM in October, during the hour long Q&A with Bob Spalding & Leon Taylor, yours truly brought up the topic from a different perspective.   Devout
fans know the particulars date-wise in the history of THE VENTURES.   "Leon, your Dad played with the band thru 1972, then took a seven year hiatus
to form his own band The Dynamics, & also work behind the scenes doing promoting, session work, etc.   The fellow that replaced Dad for six of those
years- Joe Barile in my opinion infused the band with some rather innovative playing, breathing new life into alot of the old standards.  We know you
came aboard in '98 with your own special brand of energy.  My question- do you know Joe & did you go back & listen to his playing during those years
when Dad was away from the group?  There's no denying his importance to the band at such a critical time."   

Also later I pointed out to Leon that his Dad had been interviewed in Modern Drummer & was asked- "With your background skills, high school marching
band, big band influenced by Gene Krupa, when you're playing with The Ventures do you find yourself holding back since you're obviously more suited for jazz."   Mel's quote was priceless- "Well The Ventures are a guitar band- not a drum band."   

It's my feeling & I made it clear to Leon that at times Joe Barile overplayed within the song so there were too many fills & he agreed.  There was also a
slight mention about timing regarding Joe & Bob Spalding added that he had played on several side sessions with Joe & felt his strengths were that his
percussion skills made him the perfect choice to back up The Ventures as he did countless times when Mel returned to the group on timbales, ****os,
kettle drums, etc.   For instance, he was prominently used on the New Testament LP.  Presently I've been playing the LIVE LPS from Joe's years in the
car & despite the obvious overplaying in spots- it's a joy harkening back to his time spent with the band.  In a sense, we can compare his entrance into
the scheme of things with Gerry McGee's in '68 when he took over for that 'somewhat famous' lead guitarist Nokie Edwards.  At that time, I think The
Ventures made a great career decision 'cause it came at the psychedelic-underground music phase.  To hear the standards given the Joe Barile treat-
ment provided me anyway with a newfound enthusiasm for my favorite band of all time.   

I'd love to get some feedback here at FANS OF THE VENTURES on this 'never gets old' topic.  And thanks from your co-moderator THOMAS!

Introduction / Re: Hello
« on: December 29, 2011, 08:12:39 am »
Hope you had a GREAT holiday Jeff
& still on vacation from work.  Just
might give you a buzz on Sunday!

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