“Have ‘Twangy’ Guitar Will Travel” by Duane Eddy - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1958Album Chart of the Decade: 1950s

TJR says

With all due respect to the man, a cursory listen to the Jimmy and Duane single “Soda Fountain Girl” (1955) suggests that he was never going to write headline chapters in the annals of music history without finding his own “angle”. Boy oh boy – did he find it. Eddy devised a technique of playing lead on his guitar’s bass strings to produce a low, reverberant “twangy” sound. The sound was “launched” early in 1958 on “Movin’ And Groovin’”, a single which revelled in riffage borrowed from Chuck Berry’s “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”. The follow up, “Rebel Rouser”, was a monster breakthrough hit, with Lee Hazlewood augmenting Duane’s twang by introducing subtly encouraging yells and handclaps by doo-wop group The Rivingtons and overdubbing saxophone by Los Angeles session musician Gil Bernal. It was all the excitement of a Rock n Roll party – where the guitar was the star lead singer. Lee Hazlewood was in Duane’s orbit right from the very start in 1955 and he gets co-credit for much of these early tunes, as well as being responsible for production of the debut album from the 20 year old innovator. The album, which starts and finishes poorly, features seven originals and five covers including the stunning bluesy powerhouse rendition of Ivory Joe Hunters “I Almost Lost My Mind”. Alas, I can only dream of the perfect Duane Eddy album where every track is such a raucous, raunchy rumbler…

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A1 [03:09] 4.8.png Duane Eddy - Lonesome Road [stereo] (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkret) Big Band / Jive / Swing
A2 [02:18] 9.9.png Duane Eddy - I Almost Lost My Mind [stereo version] (Ivory Joe Hunter) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A3 [02:23] 9.5.png Duane Eddy and his ‘twangy’ guitar - Rebel Rouser [single version ’58] (Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A4 [03:33] 7.9.png Duane Eddy - Three-30 Blues [stereo] (Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [01:55] 7.8.png Duane Eddy, his ‘twangy’ guitar and The Rebels - Cannon Ball (Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A6 [01:42] 6.9.png Duane Eddy - The Lonely One (Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood) Pop
B1 [02:12] 6.6.png Duane Eddy - Detour [stereo] (Paul Westmoreland) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B2 [02:27] 7.4.png Duane Eddy - Stalkin’ (Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [01:42] 6.8.png Duane Eddy, his ‘twangy’ guitar and The Rebels - Ramrod (Al Casey) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B4 [02:19] 5.6.png Duane Eddy - Anytime [stereo] (Herbert Lawson) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [02:05] 7.9.png Duane Eddy and his ‘twangy’ guitar - Moovin’ N’ Groovin’ (Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B6 [02:10] 5.3.png Duane Eddy - Loving You [stereo] (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Pop Ballad

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