Category: Duane Eddy

Duane Eddy – Have ‘Twangy’ Guitar Will Travel

ARTIST: Duane Eddy                        220px-Have_'Twangy'_Guitar_Will_Travel

TITLE:  Have ‘Twangy’ Guitar Will Travel

YEAR RELEASED: 1958

CHART ACTION: #5 US, #6 UK

SINGLES: Moovin’ N’ Groovin’ (#72 US), Rebel Rouser (#6 US, #19 UK), Ramrod (#27 US), Cannonball (#15 US, #22 UK), The Lonely One (#23 US)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah

LINEUP: Duane Eddy, Al Casey, Steve Douglas, Corki O’Dell, Buddy Wheeler, Bob Taylor, Mike Bermani, other session musicians

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A whole album (career even) made from a cool guitar sound. It gets real old real quick.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: You know “Rebel Rouser” even if you don’t know the name. The low, echoey, twangy guitar, backed by a band with a prominent saxophone. It’s iconic.

Yet, over an entire album? Well, “Cannonball” and “Ramrod” are pretty good 50’s rock numbers, and the rest sound like generic movie instrumentals that they use before the radio comes in with ‘BREAKING NEWS”.

Duane Eddy’s guitar sound got him a long career, and he can play. It’s just that over an album, it’s not sustainable.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: There’s not a good, solid collection of his work on Jamie that I trust. Many could be re-recordings. Pick and choose from his records (This is the only one I’m going to review). “Peter Gunn”, from his second, is probably his best track.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, B-sides. 

GRADE: C: A good overview of his Jamie material would be nice. If it’s there I didn’t find it.