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4.0 out of 5 stars The Twang is STILL the Thang!, 23 Jun 2011
This review is from: Road Trip (Audio CD)
Duane Eddy - ROAD TRIP ALBUM - overall, probably about as close as he gets to his post 1962, RCA sound these days [the guitar never again sounding quite as it had at Jamie] - yet according to album credits, Lee Hazlewood apparently still produced those early RCA sessions - but one now wonders how much that was required "legal" rather than "factual information].

The Attack of the Duck Billed Platypus - Mid tempo I guess, as most of his best recordings are. Something is "lost" on the rare occasion he plays deep notes fast - in fact its almost a contradiction to do so - its the "reverb" and "sustain" which MAKE "his" unique sound.

Twango - quicker, lighter - and with acoustic interludes in an obvious tribute to Django Reinhardt, but not without the odd deep, sustained electric note too.

Curveball - again, similar to many of his RCA tracks - it "twangs", again in his favourite mid tempo - some nice piano & a "period" sax break too. ...... The man still has his "chops".

Road Trip - slower than mid-tempo, but a deep as-only-Duane can "Twang".......he clearly took his road trip at a steady walking pace, with a wordless chorus coming in towards the end - not "obtrusive" but "present".

Kindness Ain't Made of Sand - slow, deep twang.....gentle - MOR really.

Mexborough Ferry Boat Halt [which you've heard] - medium tempo, pleasant [written by "Eddy/Sheridan"] Eddy composed/part composed all except 2 titles.

Desert Song - very slow, gentle, atmospheric - would have been a "B-side" in the old days.....

Primeval - the one track with "bite", and more so than the Duck Billed Platypus displays at the start of the album. Fast-ish, deep growling Duane notes, harmonica somewhere in the mix - in which there is a lot going on. But despite the great sound, not the most memorable of "hooks".

Rose of the Valley - back to gentle, slow, ruminative, deep sustained guitar with a steady drum emphasising the beat. A string/mellatrone type background, and a soft Buddy Holly "Moondreams-ish" sax break followed by wordless chorus, this time quite high in the mix. Builds to a full, dramatic sound before finishing with a few notes of guitar, alone.

Franklin Town - soft, mid-tempo acoustic guitar, and minimal accompaniment.
A wordless chorus occurs at various points in the album - seldom "obtrusive", but "present".

This album will please more than it actually excites,[in part, simply because it exists, and he HAS finally made a new album].
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