Surf-rock, the genre perfected by the Ventures, is written off by the foolish as a kind of novelty style, but when done right the blend of jazz rhythms, twangy rock and roll guitar and subtle latin flavor is one of the few rock-based genres to ever take off in earnest without a lead singer steering the ship. The Ventures (the best selling instrumental band of all time) are the style’s finest. Bob Bogle may be gone, but he’s in every whammy bar shake on a Stratocaster for some time to come.
John Fogarty. Induction of the Ventures into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Another great instrumental group. Johnny The Hurricanes – Red River Rock. (1995. Hungary)