Road Trip CD
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(2011/MAD MONKEY/EMI) 11 tracks (40:03) recorded at Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield GB.
The Attack Of The Duck Billed Platypus
Kindness Ain't Made Of Sand
Mexborough Ferry Boat Halt
Rose Of The Valley
The first album in a quarter-century from guitar hero Duane Eddy, now in his mid-70s, is a labour of love for co-producer/co-writer Richard Hawley. The pair met at an awards ceremony and lifelong fan Hawley, not short on persuasive gift-of-the-gab, made his dreams happen. Recorded in 11 days in Sheffield, Road Trip sounds thoroughly Eddy yet also thoroughly Hawley: an indication of how far-reaching and durable the veteran’s influence is. It will also sound, to younger listeners, like a Hawley album with the vocals removed.
To older listeners the famous twang of Eddy’s style will be the key signifier. While it was the man himself who took to picking out melodies on his bass strings, it was Lee Hazelwood who, as his producer (before cracking it as a performer), alchemised the material, playing around with Eddy’s tapes, slowing them down, adding echo and space. Hawley, a lover of old-school rockabilly, doesn’t need to be reminded of that fact. He too creates cinematic, sparse, rumbling backdrops over which the twang can bounce. In the past Art of Noise, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison have attempted similar, perhaps getting too excitable and impatient. Hawley doesn’t try to teach an old dog new tricks: even Seasick Steve might deem this dated. Diehards may prefer to substitute "timeless" for "dated", while Hank Marvin will be wondering why being British makes you less cool than being American.
While much of this could, to be harsh, pass as muzak – not least the drippy Twango and the sleepy, countrified title-track – occasional bursts of energy crackle into atmospheric life and beg Tarantino to adopt them for his next movie. By far the best moment is Primeval, which leaves the calm conservatory to visit the garage, kicking up a storm of dust, sparks and gutsy blues, waling sax rasps and all. One longs for more of that: slowies like Kindness Ain’t Made of Sand and Rose of the Valley are pretty but also quite, well, dull. Again, they’d benefit from a Hawley vocal. A decent, nostalgic Father’s Day gift then, for your dad’s dad.
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Long after most of us are gone he will be remembered with respect, interest and curiosity as there was once a time before guitar gods, before the lead guitarist cult, when rock music was in its embryonic state. The first Rock Giants were emerging; Hayley; Presley; Domino; Holly; Perkins; Lee Lewis; Richard/Penniman; Nelson.......and Duane Eddy who exploded out of Phoenix Arizona with a most unique style that he could re-create live on stage! He was quite simply the first guitar legend!
He has encompassed most genres with his back catalogue and has worked with some of the best musicians, producers and arrangers in the business. Among his peers he is regarded as someone who recognizes and encourages talent as his own supporting ensemble across the years will testify, many of whom were encouraged to accept new opportunities which provided lifelong career security.
This new album "Road Trip" is going to interest many new listeners to an artist whose guitar phrasing is as identifiable and sensitive as any voice. It can be harsh, agressive and demanding; jolly, chirpy and almost humorous but then gentle caressing,sensitive with a touch of melancholy. Listen to "Primeval" then to "Twango" and then "Franklin Town" to appreciate the shift in feel.
All but a few of his peers from the early days survive, alchohol; drugs and the road have taken their toll.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This entirely new album recorded under the auspices of Richard Hawley, whom I was previously not too familiar with, brings a new life to Duane with what I'd describe as an overall mellow album. It's not a re-hash of tunes-familar, but both the influences, the experience have a new dimension added by Duane's younger sidekicks.
The opener is 'The Attack of the Duck Billed Platypus' - an almost James Bond feel about it! 'Twango' gets into the heart of country-meets-Django! A lovely song. 'Curveball' gets back to a great twanging tune, whilst you can feel the nostalgia on the title track 'Road Trip' a gentle and melodic one to play loud in the car!
'Bleaklow Air' too has a wonderful melodic content to it, a sadness, or maybe the wonderment of seeing something beautiful. 'Kindness Aint made of Sand' is a love-song in te style familiar to Eddy fans, whilst 'Mexborough Ferry Boat Halt'another joint composition could have been a 'train song' I guess, but a series of riffs makes for pleasant listening, conjuring up your journey.
Then comes 'Desert Song'. Close your eyes and listen, put yourself in a place you want to be, think of all that is good around you and hear the haunting melody. 'Primeval' returns to a twanging Duane and I'm sure could be become a favourite closer, with its overtones of Some Kinda Earthquake (IMHO). 'Rose of the Valley' is another familiar Duane type of romantic melody. 'Franklin Town' brings the album to a peaceful close with a song played away from all the low notes; folk & country influences.
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This was my introduction to the fabulous sound of the guitar. Great music.Published 18 months ago by Topsoil
I went to see Duane Eddy last year at Manchester and he was good then as he was in the 70s and this is a good cd if your into DuannePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by roverman
I have it in the car and listen to it very often on the way to work, it brightens up my day!Published on 15 Jan. 2014 by R L COLE