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Late Nite Music: “I Fought the Law and the Law Won,” by Duane Eddy and the Ventures

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The Ventures are one of America’s most under-appreciated rock bands.

Someone asks you to name a West Coast surf band; who do you go to first?  The Beach Boys?  Jan and Dean?  The Surfaris?

The Ventures could kick all their butts.  Their cover of Wipe Out was a blistering, frenetic version that smoked the Surfaris’ original version.

The Ventures stayed exclusively instrumental and offered up soundtrack after soundtrack of adventurous, joyful, surfin’ rock and roll.

Throughout the ’60’s they toyed around with various pop hits; their version of the “Batman” theme is rip-roaring fun.  Then they made their money with the soundtrack for the first  “Hawaii 5-0” TV series.

Here they team up with ’50’s guitar hero Duane Eddy and serve up a truly delicious and way-cool version of “I Fought the Law and the Law Won.”

Enjoy.

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