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  • Audio CD (21 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000H8RWE2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Product Description

(2006/BMG) 26 tracks RCA 1962-64 (61:50)

Medium 1
Deep In The Heart Of Texas
The Ballad Of Paladin
Guitar Man
Boss Guitar
Lonely Boy, Lonely Guitar
Your Baby's Gone Surfin'
Limbo Rock
The Scrape
Loco-Locomotion
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
High Noon
Rebel Rouser
Twistin' 'N' Twangin'
Blowin' Up A Storm
Soul Twist
Rumble
Tequila
Moon Shot
The Iguana
Roughneck
The Wild Westerners
Jerky Jalopy
Saints And Sinners
The Marauder
The Feud
The Desert Rat

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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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By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 14 April 2008
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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.
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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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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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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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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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I bought this album because i'm a big fan of Duane's Movin' 'N' Groovin'. Unfortunately, on this compilation, the track is missing a cunk out of the middle. It fades for a few seconds then comes back, as if the whole song just wanders out the room for some air!

I'm hoping that the rest of the songs aren't like this - i haven't listened to it all yet because i went straight to my favourite one. Something tells me that due to the cheap price, it won't be the only one affected. It's digraceful that such a fine artist's material should be bastardized in such a way. Do yourself a fovour and pay a bit extra for a decent collection.
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"The Greatest Hits of Duane Eddy," comes to us a British re-recording, not surprisingly, as he's always been perhaps even more popular in the UK than at home. Eddy, a Grammy-winning guitarist, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, is widely considered the most successful rock and roll instrumentalist of all time: his records have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. And there can be no doubt that, from his first hit and signature tune, the aptly-named "Rebel Rouser," recorded in 1958, when he was just twenty, he's one of the founding fathers of rockabilly, and, by extension, rock and roll.

The record at hand is a good collection of his biggest hits, some of them originally bigger in the U.K. than the U.S., although he had an unprecedented 34 chart-topping singles in the States, of which 15 made Top Forty rank. The U.K. rerecording was done, of course, when he was considerably past his dark, hit-making prime. You don't need me to tell you that the material isn't as strong as the originals. If you want them, you should consider searching out remasterings of his earlier work.

Eddy's" big" sound prompted John Fogarty to dub him the first rock and roll god. The tremendously influential sound was deep, dark, reverberant,"twangy,"as it was called, surely Southern-fried, influenced by country, blues, jazz and gospel. Eddy created this sound by utilizing strong, dramatic, single-note melodies, bending the low strings, combining echo and vibrato bar with the help of the esteemed Lee Hazlewood, longtime music producer, and Eddy's longtime partner in the recording studio. He also utilized rebel yells from his backing band, and swinging saxophone breaks. Furthermore, his backing were also esteemed musicians.
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