If you've been hanging around here for a while, you might have noticed instrumentals all over the place. I dig 'em. So forgive me if I already pointed you towards Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban's weekly series, aptly named "Instrumental 45 of the Week". I probably have at some point. But, this week it's a cover of the Rumblers' "Boss" and I ain't gonna pass that up. The Rumbler's version itself is a cover of the Strangers "Caterpillar Crawl". The one Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban just posted is by Billy Vaughn "and his Orchestra", despite the orchestra consisting of only guitar, bass, sax and drums. Around these parts we call them bands. But it's a worthy take. All three are pretty badass, something like Link Wray lightening up a tad, with a sax player getting his licks in. I'm a little partial to the Rumblers version because the sax has a good honk to it. Revelation of the day? Dick Dale played it live and it wasn't the best thing I've ever heard.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Billy Vaughn - Boss mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 1964
The Rumblers - Boss mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 1963
The Strangers - Caterpillar Crawl mp3 at Rockin' Dog 1959 The source
Dick Dale - Caterpillar Crawl (live) at YouTube 2011 Follows it with "Rumble". Okay then.
Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban's Instrumental of the Week series