Ventura Highway

Discussion in 'Gretsch-Talk Music' started by Waxhead, Aug 13, 2020.

  1. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    This old song brings back so many happy memories for me as a young surfer.

    In VW Combi Vans we'd travel up and down Australia's east coast on surfing odyssey's of adventure and discovery. The car stereo was always cranked and this song often played as we searched for secret spots on long hot summer days.

    Ventura Hwy got further plays around camp fires at night behind giant white sand dunes, or perched on a headland overlooking the point. An endless view of deserted beach with no mark of human civilisation - next stop New Zealand 2000 km away over the azure blue of the South Pacific ocean.

    Swap Ventura Highway for Australia's Pacific Highway and there you have the same vibe and the carefree innocence of youth. I always loved this song but was never able to find the quality harmony singers you need to do it justice. Not until recently that is, when I found 2 young brothers living locally and had to give it a try.

    Sam and Jim Jeffrey vocals. Mike Dennis drums. I play guitars, bass and recording production.
    There's 12 different guitar tracks on this.

    I used a Godin Seagul acoustic and Gretsch G5422 plugged into my Mesa Boogie Mark V 25 and a borrowed Fender Acoustasonic 40.
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  2. Zeek

    Zeek Synchromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA
    Sounds great, Kool story
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  3. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Cool story, have done many of trips on the pacific highway, nothing like driving down the coast line with the luxury of just pulling up at the beach at any time you want.
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  4. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Sounds great! The Jeffrey brothers voices blend so well and the guitar tracks are excellent!
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  5. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    Great stuff!:)
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  6. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    I love that song, brings back kid memories. What are the Alligator Lizards doing in the air, this has always puzzled me.
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  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    1972: Hippie lyrics weren't expected to make sense........;)
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  8. 1883

    1883 Gretschie

    Apr 12, 2015
  9. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Great job , always enjoy your recordings . I've seen America twice within the last 5 years . A great band with lots of great memories from the past . Lots of Gretsch guitars in their shows too . But they never mention member Dan Peek who passed away in 2011
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  10. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    probly loaded up with plenty of LSD psychodelics too :D
    You would have had to be on their trips to understand the alligator lizards but never mattered cos there's lots of other beautiful allusions in this song that capture the vibe perfectly.
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  11. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Sounds like a great time
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  12. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Another good one Waxhead. Keep up the good work.
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  13. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    God job.
    Crazy stereo-panning.
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  14. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Very cool, Waxhead! I spent a lot of years in Southern California. Never surfed, but spent a lot of time on beaches, listened to Beach Boys, and became a fan of America when I first heard Horse With No Name. Ventura Highway is still my favorite America song, and you guys did a nice cover of it. :)
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  15. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Sounds good !

    Love this tune also,but not because of childhood memories or anything like that,i just love the atmosphere it creates .
    I don't do beaches or lazing in the sun and i've never surfed ,i can't even swim.
    But when i hear this tune i want to drive down that highway.
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  16. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Gretschie

    Aug 11, 2020
    I've always really liked this song....this is a great cover....very well done by everyone involved.
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  17. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Ain’t y’all got flying alligator lizards where you live? We got ‘em here in Ventura.
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  18. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Is that right - I always thought it was the drugs you guys had :D
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  19. JLD4133

    JLD4133 Country Gent

    May 10, 2011
    Mequon, WI
    Very nice recording!
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