Welcome to Round 2 of battles featuring the Stan Jones tune “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky: A Cowboy Legend.” In our last battle, we had two vocal performances, Burl Ives and Frank Ifield, and you chose Burl’s version. In this round, we’re featuring instrumental versions, specifically versions featuring guitar work. So let’s get down to it…
CONTESTANT #1: Duane Eddy Duane, perhaps best known for “Rebel Rouser,”, did the song on his 1996 album Ghost Rider. Jim Horn is featured on saxophone.
CONTESTANT #2: The Ramrods The Ramrods were from The Nutmeg State (and appear to have chosen their name from one of Duane Eddy’s hits from 1958). They released this version in late 1960. It climbed to #30 in early 1961 and was a “Pick of the Week” in Cash Box magazine.
You know what to do now: give both versions a spin, decide which one you like better, and tell me which it is and why in the comments below. Then, stop over at Stephen T. McCarthy’s Battle of the Bands and look in the right column, where he has a clickable list of all the other blogs that might be having a Battle of the Bands today, and check them out.
I’ll announce the winner next Friday, December 22 (also known as Christmas Eve Eve Eve), so be sure and get your vote to me by then. The lines are now open. Good luck to Duane Eddy and The Ramrods!