ON LISTENING TO THIS ALBUM THE STRONG INDIVIDUAL STYLE AND SOUND OF SDUANE EDDY IS WELL TO THE FORE
DUANE EDDY – “The Best Of” (RCA Camden CDS 1109) 1972
This album was found in one of the £1 record bins on a market stall in Durham a couple of months ago. Duane Eddy is well represented on the internet if anyone wants to find out more, and there’s always more information filling the blank spaces of my knowledge base. For instance, I didn’t realise that Lee Hazlewood was a key figure in Eddy’s rock ‘n’ roll twang success.
Hazlewood co-wrote and supervised several of the tracks chosen on the LP to represent Duane Eddy’s “best” work.
For me, the most interesting number here is “(Dance With The) Guitar Man”, featuring female backing group The Rebelettes. This was released as a 1962 single on RCA backed with “Stretchin’ Out”.
back cover liner:
Who would have thought that the fair haired young man with a raunchy instrumental single that crashed into the charts back in the early sixties would in the seventies still be selling records. The single was of course was ‘Peter Gunn’ and the guitarist who gave the world a new sound was Duane Eddy.
This was the first of a string of hits by Duane Eddy and his producer / composer associate Lee Hazlewood, who was to make a name for himself singing duets with Nancy Sinatra, amongst other things.
The Duane Eddy magic was to set many a youngster on the path of fame and fortune by making them interested in the guitar. Over and over again today’s generation of lead guitarists quote the name of Duane Eddy as one of the influences that made them take up the guitar.
On listening to this album the strong individual style and sound of Duane Eddy is well to the fore. Who else could it be? Indeed a rare talent combined with the ability to sound original and commercial are key factors in the Duane Eddy success story and they make the music sound as fresh today as when it was first recorded.