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This review is from: Have 'Twangy' Guitar - Will Travel (Audio CD)I first owned this album on the Hallmark cheap label re-issue, but on playing it quickly realised that I needed to own it in its proper form.
This was Duane Eddy's first album, which came out on Jamie in December 1958 and in the UK on London in summer 1959. It's a great album, but the Hallmark version has apparently been mastered from a vinyl copy of a mono pressing, and even the cover art is a watered down version of the original sleeve. They have given his other Jamie albums the same treatment. It is very inexpensive, fine if you just have a small music centre or computer speakers, but if you think Duane Eddy is worth hearing in good quality sound, you need this US import, with the original tapes remastered by Tom Moulton and Greg Vaughn, for a few pounds more: Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel. It has liner notes, three bonus tracks and is at least partially in stereo.
The dozen tracks on this, Duane Eddy's first and classic album, clocked in at 28 minutes. Five of the tracks were new, the rest had appeared on 45s and 78s during the year, and all but the first single, Moovin' 'n Groovin', had made the U.S. top thirty. They show Duane Eddy not only at his most reverberationally twangy but also showcase a dizzy array of his instrumental styles using those heavy-gauge guitar strings and the legendary $200 grain silo that Lee Hazlewood installed outside the studio in Phoenix AZ where the album was recorded, to use as an echo chamber.
Duane's singles were mostly home-grown compositions, but a number of the tunes recorded as "filler" for the album were popular at the time, having been recorded by the Collins Kids (The Lonesome Road), Ivory Joe Hunter (I Almost Lost My Mind), Spade Cooley (Detour)(this was also the B-side of The Lonely One, which came out at the same time as the album), Patsy Cline (Anytime) and of course Elvis Presley (Loving You).
During the recording period the studio had been upgraded to three-tracks enabling stereo recording, and so the six new tracks (including Detour) appear in stereo on this CD. The blistering sax of Steve Douglas and the whoops and hollers of the Sharps that adorn many of the tracks were overdubbed at Gold Star in Hollywood, a studio that was to learn more about reverb when one Phil Spector began to use it a few years later.
The three mono bonus tracks added to the Jamie pressing of the CD are Up And Down (the B-side of Moovin' 'n Groovin'), The Walker (B-side of Ramrod) and Mason Dixon Lion (B-side of Cannonball).