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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!

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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!

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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
same!

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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!

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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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Introduction / Re: I'M ONBOARD!
« on: December 27, 2011, 12:08:59 pm »
Never thought of that when I accepted & last time
I saw you your better days seemed long gone!

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Tour Dates / UPCOMING CONCERTS
« on: December 25, 2011, 11:31:17 am »
Ventures in Japan- second week of Jan '12
B.B. King's, NYC- Monday February 27th
Busch Gardens, Tampa Fl.- Wednesday February 29th thru Sunday March 3rd
The Birchmere, Alexandria Va.- Thursday April 5th
Vegas Car Show w/ Duane Eddy- Saturday April 7th

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Ventures Fan Fest / TENTATIVE 2012 DATE!
« on: December 25, 2011, 11:18:09 am »
In keeping with tradition for the past three years, next year's EAST COAST FAN FEST is scheduled for the second Saturday in October- to be exact
Saturday October 13th.  The cover charge, $50 from day one may depend this time around on whether we can get NOKIE EDWARDS & DON WILSON
to attend.  As we prepare to enter a new year, both have expressed interest in attending.  As many of you already know, both Bob Spalding & Leon
Taylor graced us with their presence this year.  So we're shooting for the moon & HOPE TO SATISFY.    Will try to LAY SOME GROUNDWORK regarding
this February 29th thru March 3rd while attending their shows- 12 in all down at BUSCH GARDENS in Tampa, Florida.   Maybe I'll see you there!

Tom Baltaeff

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Introduction / I'M ONBOARD!
« on: December 25, 2011, 09:11:40 am »
Congrats Walt on doing a SUPER JOB setting up this new forum & additional thanks for asking me to be co-moderator on the site.  Looking over the
various topics, you've left no stone un-turned.  Can't wait to share THIS NEWS thru my 2012 VENTURES EAST COAST FAN FEST facebook page.  And
it should be posted on UNDERGROUND FIRE 2 as well.   THANKS AGAIN- I'm honored!

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