Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Duane Eddy and his Rock-A-Billies - Ramrod c/w Caravan
|This single was recorded before Al Casey developed the signature big guitar sound. He is on these sessions as a rhythm player, and wrote the a-side. The b-side of this 1957 single is particularly cool.|
Picks: Ramrod, Caravan
Track by Track Review
While substantially less aggressive than the Jamie version, this is also a couple of years earlier. Al Casey's guitar and writing compliment Duane Eddy's well, but neither shows the big green Gretsch sound Casey pioneered later. A splendid early guitar dominated rock instro during a time when the vast majority were sax led.
This is really something. Tremolo, dark sax, and jazz bounce. Tribal drums and shimmering tone make "Caravan" sound like it's several years after the 1957 date of this recording. Infectious and very cool!