Today’s Music for the Month of Halloween selection is from The Ventures’ ‘Ventures in Space’. As a kid this album was available to me through brothers’ vast record collection and it quickly became one of my favorite LPs. Yes, as one would expect from The Ventures, this is surf rock, but this particular album always seemed to possess a sonic quality which I associated with outer space. Maybe my imagination was captured by the cover sleeve, featuring the illustration of an astronaut drifting outside earth’s orbit alongside a fender guitar, but to me this sounded like music for exploring the galaxy and beyond. 90s Shoegazers are great indebted here.
Written by Harry Lubin for the TV show ‘One Step Beyond’, “Fear” was later covered The Ventures and included on this album. Amid the more conventional offerings on ‘Space’, “Fear” really stands out as an oddity; It’s only 2 and a half minutes long, but this song is so slow, casual and dreary that it feels much longer than that, and around the halfway point I can feel myself beginning to float into the dark abyss of outer space. It just keeps going on and on and on. It’s beautiful music for finding yourself lost in limbo.