|Walk, Don't Run|
|Studio album by|
|Released||December 5, 1960|
|Studio||Joe Boles Custom Recorders, Seattle, Washington|
|Genre||Instrumental rock, surf|
|Label||Dolton catalog number BLP (BST for stereo version)-2003|
|The Ventures chronology|
The LP was recorded at Joe Boles' home studio in Seattle, Washington, as was their second album, titled The Ventures. His was a local studio where other early Dolton artists also recorded.
Released on Liberty's Dolton subsidiary in December 1960, Walk, Don't Run became a big seller, peaking at #11 on Billboard and earning The Ventures a gold record (their first of three) for over 500,000 copies sold.
The Ventures were on one of their first tours as Liberty Records began compiling their first album and were still on the road by the time of the front cover photo shoot. As a result, four employees from Liberty's stockroom (with two wearing sunglasses) were posed as if they were falling or tripping over instruments with model Barbara Grimes walking in front of them. A photo of the actual Ventures was originally featured on the back cover, but to avoid possible confusion when compared to the "stand-ins" on the front cover, it was replaced with an outline-drawn version of the same photo.
In 1969, the album was reissued by Liberty (having discontinued the Dolton label two years earlier but keeping the original stereo catalog number), featuring an updated photo of the group. By that time, the lineup consisted of Don Wilson, Bob Bogle, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor and John Durrill, though only the former two appear on the album. The back cover with the outline drawing of the original photo was kept intact.
In his review for Allmusic, critic Bruce Eder wrote the album "is surprisingly good, considering that it was recorded in a huge rush during an era when all concerned couldn't help but know that rock & roll albums (apart from those by Elvis Presley) generally didn't sell very well; indeed, the fact that this is so good speaks volumes about the class and talent of the group at this early point in their history."