The Ventures “The Ventures Christmas Album”


Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#999 in the Series) is The Ventures, The Ventures Christmas Album

The Ventures were another band that got a strong amount of airplay in my house when I was a youth. No, It didn’t want to make we want to be a surfer or anything like that. That would have been a little hard for a Chicago boy so I’m glad that was never a goal. Italian kids weren’t usually blonde enough either. I was no exception.

It did help me add to my love of rock and roll. I remember my sisters playing their version of “Telstar” on more than one occasion.  I remember my sisters playing their version of “Telstar” on more than 100 occasions!!!

I also was a big fan of “Walk Don’t Run.” I remember seeing REM do a great version of the song at the Aragon Ballroom years and years later.  I eventually  found out that it was a Peter Buck audible that they used as a fill in tune when Michael Stipe lost a contact lens.  While he was off popping in another, Buck along with Mike Mills and Bill Berry ripped through the song.

This was quite the unique Christmas release. Not only is it all instrumental, but each song is a quick combination. On every track, The Ventures give us about 10 -20 seconds of their classic surf rock before they segue into the Carol. Oddly enough, it works!

You’ll hear a little bit of “Walk Don’t Run” before “Sleigh Ride”, you’ll hear a little bit of “I Feel Fine” before “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” See how many you can recognize. I’ll leave the rest for you.

–Larry Carta

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Sleigh Ride  2:26
  2. Snow Flakes (What Child Is This?) 2:22
  3. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 2:10
  4. Jingle Bells 2:04
  5. Jingle Bell Rock  1:55
  6. Silver Bells 2:30
Side Two
  1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1:50
  2. Frosty the Snowman 2:02
  3. Scrooge 2:06
  4. Blue Christmas 2:24
  5. We Wish You a Merry Christmas 1:59
  6. White Christmas 2:52


  • Don Wilson – Rhythm Guitar
  • Bob Bogle – Bass Guitar
  • Nokie Edwards – Lead Guitar
  • Mel Taylor – Drums


Posted by Larry Carta

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