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4.0 out of 5 stars RCA-period sampling
Conventional wisdom is that Duane Eddy's best work was for Lee Hazlewood's Jamie label, between 1958 and 1962, whereas the material he cut for RCA from 1962 to 1965 was sanitized, commercialized and lightweight. One only has to compare the 1964 version of Rebel-Rouser on this CD with the 1958 original to see some truth in this. From the same year, Rumble, the Link Wray...
Published on 14 April 2008 by Lozarithm

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not His Greatest Hits
Give this a miss if you truly want greatest hits. The music put out on RCA is "sanitised" and lacks all the punch and originality of the real Twang years. Go instead for the cd entitled "Because They're Young" for the real thing.
Published on 7 Mar 2008 by Steyning 66


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not His Greatest Hits, 7 Mar 2008
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Steyning 66 (West Sussex, England) - See all my reviews
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Give this a miss if you truly want greatest hits. The music put out on RCA is "sanitised" and lacks all the punch and originality of the real Twang years. Go instead for the cd entitled "Because They're Young" for the real thing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RCA-period sampling, 14 April 2008
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Lozarithm (Wilts, UK) - See all my reviews
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Conventional wisdom is that Duane Eddy's best work was for Lee Hazlewood's Jamie label, between 1958 and 1962, whereas the material he cut for RCA from 1962 to 1965 was sanitized, commercialized and lightweight. One only has to compare the 1964 version of Rebel-Rouser on this CD with the 1958 original to see some truth in this. From the same year, Rumble, the Link Wray classic, on paper promises to be explosive but wouldn't even register on the Richter scale, notwithstanding a slightly menacing undercurrent, and sounds polite enough to be played at a vicar's tea party. Some tracks, such as the saxophone-led Tequila, hardly seem to feature Duane at all.

In the three years he was with the label, RCA managed to squeeze nine albums out of him, all hurriedly recorded and often built around a theme, so we have for example Twistin' N' Twangin', Twangy Guitar - Silky Strings and Twang A Country Song. Additionally, many of the singles were in addition to the albums. No wonder quality control was stretched.

However, he also made some of his most memorable recordings at RCA. The Ballad Of Paladin (from the film Have Gun Will Travel) is a minor classic and continued successfully in the style of his 1960 smash Because They're Young. It was Top Ten in the UK. Deep In The Heart Of Texas was also a Top Twenty hit in the UK, and (Dance With The) Guitar Man and Boss Guitar, both featuring the Rebelettes (actually the Blossoms, featuring Darlene Love, from the period that they were also doubling as the Crystals for Phil Spector) were sizeable pop hits both in America and the UK. Guitar Man in particular remains one of Duane Eddy's most anthologized tracks.

This 26-track single CD seems to guide us through the best of the RCA years. Certainly with seven A-sides it has nearly all of the singles RCA put out, and it also has thirteen album tracks (five from Dance With The Guitar Man as well as the single, the rest from Twangy Guitar - Silky Strings, Twangin' The Golden Hits, Twistin' N' Twangin', Twangin' Up A Storm and Twangsville - it really is all about the twang). I'm not personally familiar with most of these albums, so I don't know if the best tracks have been picked but I certainly found much to enjoy from tracks such as The Scrape, High Noon, Blowin' Up A Storm and The Feud. With the exception of the instrumental mono single Moon Shot (written by David Gates long before he wrote Moonchild for Captain Beefheart) all of these tracks are in well-mastered true stereo.

The remaining six tracks are all mono B-sides (tr. 19-23 and 26) and far from being throwaways are among some of the strongest cuts on the record, particularly The Iguana, Roughneck, The Wild Westerners (a theme from a B-movie western in which he had an acting role) and The Desert Rat. It caused me to wonder if some of these were actually Jamie recordings that RCA had acquired, as most of them involved Lee Hazlewood as writer or recording supervisor. Unfortunately, the anonymous liner notes are typically vague as to the origins of any of the tracks.

It seems quite possible that this good value CD represents the best way for the non-completist to sample Duane Eddy's RCA period.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great hits, plus LP tracks., 8 Nov 2006
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John Milne "The Twang's The Thang." (Mytchett, Surrey, UK) - See all my reviews
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A collection of 26 tracks from the RCA years (1962-1965) which include Duane's first 6 RCA 'A' sides, and his 11th and last(Moonshot). The rest of the tracks are drawn from his various RCA LPs and 'B' sides. The sound quality and Stereo mixing is excellent. This would be a great way to get to know the creator of the 'lead guitar', and whose 'Twang' is still heard backing Nashville based artists today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Untrue, 2 July 2009
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S. Goff "Colin - Fan" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This was not the "Greatest Hits" that I expected. I only recognised 1 title of the CD. Where was Ramrod, 40 Miles of Bad Road, Peter Gunn, Shazam, Because they're Young and many others. Out of 26 tracks I recognised just three. I think that the album should be re title as "The "B" sides of 40 Greatest Hits"!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamie tracks - not RCA material but what about publishing royalties, 7 Mar 2010
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Dr. A. J. Moir (UK) - See all my reviews
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Most of the reviews listed for this collection do not refer to this package; instead they refer to a collecton of RCA tracks that happens to have the same title. These are the Jamie originals, at a very reasonable price because in Europe most of the material is out-of-copyright (at time of release, some tracks were still under copyright - naughty!!). It would be nice to know who is behind the release to make sure that publishing royalties are being paid correctly - over to the folks at Amazon for that!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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1 of the original guitar rockers. Gr8 sound
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duane Eddy, 17 Jan 2014
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This is one of the best c'ds that I've purchased it plays the sounds from the 60/s sounds you rarely hear on the radio now great
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3.0 out of 5 stars TWANGING ON, 15 Nov 2013
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A reasonable cross section of Duane's post great popularity output that came when he signed for RCA, but its not up to the same standard as the stuff was written and produced in association with Lee Hazelwood. If its all a question of choice on what would suit his twang sound, why did he never ever record 'The Magnificent Seven', and although he did some of it, why not more of the Western material that Frankie Laine had such success with? How about it Duane?
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 27 Sep 2013
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As he was the greatest guitar player ever even outdoing the shadows it was every bit as good as I expected
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1.0 out of 5 stars 1, 1 May 2013
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his best hit was not included, the sound was very bad did not sound like him

poor quality did not include best known hits
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