You may be familiar with Duke Ellington's "Caravan." And, no, you don't really need seven versions of the same song. Really you don't. But you may want to listen to all of the versions below to appreciate the different takes, every one of them is incredibly good, which is testament to what a great song it is in the first place. There's so many versions floating around, primarily by surf bands, jazz artists and Latin bands, that I could have been here all night. It's one of those songs that lends itself to multiple interpretations. The first version below is the one that inspired the dig tonight, a Latin version that's got some badass solos, particularly the sax. Takeshi Terauchi's like the Japan version of the Ventures. The Strangers were Merle Haggard's back up band, so it's sorta Bakersfield does Ellington. Chet Atkins and Les Paul. Together. You're just getting started. Put the Wayback Machine in overdrive and dig on the last three versions. You don't really need seven versions, but you might need eight.
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Listen:Duke Ellington - Caravan (1947) mp3 at Space Age Pop