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Twang Thang: Anthology
Genres: Pop, Rock
All pompadour, cheekbones, and a trademark "twangy" sound that boomed like it was recorded at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Duane Eddy was rock & roll's first guitar-hero. Beginning with "Moovin' n' Groovin" (1957), the... more »
All pompadour, cheekbones, and a trademark "twangy" sound that boomed like it was recorded at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Duane Eddy was rock & roll's first guitar-hero. Beginning with "Moovin' n' Groovin" (1957), the combination of Eddy's hollow-body Gretch, Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, a tremolo unit, and oceans of echo racked up dozens of hits. The best ("Rebel Rouser," "Forty Miles of Bad Road," and "Dance with the Guitar Man") are also typical--Duane twangs a simple melody over some yakkety sax and much excited yelling in the background. As such, his worldwide influence on a generation of guitar-pickers was massive. Eddy returned to the charts in 1986 when the U.K. studio collective, Art of Noise, collaborated with him on an electronic cut-and-paste version of "Peter Gunn" (he'd first recorded the tune 26 years earlier). Incidentally, the 40 songs on this 2 CD set include several previously unreleased mid-'60s blues and early-'80s superstar sessions that are hipper than the hits. Nevertheless, Eddy remains a master of tone, timing, dynamics, and--most importantly--feel and expression, and there's not a single day goes by that some session leader doesn't call for "a Duane Eddy-type" guitar sound. --Don Waller
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Discover why Duane Eddy is the Boss of the Twangy Guitar!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a must for any Duane Eddy fan, and may well be a collector's item for any record collector. It offers good value for your money, with two CDs covering his original hit recordings - and more resent material, in cooperation with fellow guitarists like Ry Cooder and George Harrison. There's also a small booklet that offers lots of interesting pictures and annecdotes about Duane, his music and his career.My favorites are his "Chet Atkins inspired" finger picking tracks like "Trambone" and "Route #1", where he offers a more complex style than usually asosiated with Duane. I also enjoy the string touch to "Because They're Young". A more traditional Duane Eddy track is "Kommotion", which I think adds perspective to his style. I also enjoy the stereo version of "Shazam" - being one of my all-time favorites. On CD two, I espesially like the up tempo "Roadhouse Boogie", the more lazy "Zephyr Cove" and Duane's 12 string version of "Buckaroo".Both the original version of the Henry Mancini composition "Peter Gunn" and the Twang mix, with The Art Of Noise are included in this box. There are so many higlights, but as it says in the included booklet; the one you're most likely to hum after playing the set is the catchy "Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar".If you are a Duane Edyy fan, you MUST have this - if you're not: buy it and BECOME a fan!"
A major influence for early rock guitarists!
Robert G. Martinez | Brooksville FL | 03/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This box set by Rhino offers every worthy cut by Duane Eddy, who remains an underated influence on rock music. From 1958 to 1962, I couldn't wait for the latest Duane Eddy record. He had hit after hit. Every aspiring rock guitarist with a little elbow grease could play along with these fine recordings. This 2-disc set covers his entire career including some later recordings, but his heyday (1958-1962) covers every single record and even the flip sides too (which were always good).
"Twang Thang" is a must for anyone who loved those classic rock records from that period or for any student of early rock. My Favorites: Rebel Rouser, Cannonball, The Lonely One, Theme from Pepe, 40 Miles of Bad Road etc. etc. Oh, the sound is superb. And the great booklet in the box set features recording dates, personnel and many photos. Thank, Rhino! Great Job!"
triteq | St. Louis, Missouri United States | 07/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'v been listening to this album for 20+++ years (on tape)
and as luck would have it ... I now have it on CD.. for me
this is such timeless music. Duane is a one of a kind with the
great bends and twang of the guitar. After 50+ years of
listening to all kinds of music (clasic to country) this
album is still in my top five."