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Duane Eddy - Volume 3 [Twangy Guitar Silky Strings / Lonely Guitar]dot
artworkThese two Duane Eddy albums are Slow with a capital S! And there's no vestige of the southern rock roots of this pretty boy. Strings, choruses, and soft squishy arrangements destined for the stay-at-home moms on Dramamine watching the black and white while dad's at work and the kids are at school (or so they tell her). Egads!
Picks: High Noon, Born To Be With You, Secret Love, Unchained Melody, When I Fall In Love, Mirriam, Moon River, Bali HaÕi, Hi-Lilli-Hi-Lo, Angel On My Shoulder, Memories Of Madrid, Love Me Tender, IÕm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Long Lonely Days Of Winter, Along Came Linda, Someday The Rainbow, Gunsmoke, A Home In The Meadow, Danny Boy, Shenandoah, Summer Kiss, My Destiny, CryinÕ Happy Tears, Annie Laurie

Track by Track Review


High Noon dotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Strings and things accompany Duane Eddy's big guitar in a softly slushy cover of the great film score. It's the chorus that drives it too far from the rock idiom to work.

Born To Be With You dotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

More slush and roll from Mr. Big Guitar. Soft and squishy.

Secret Love dotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Swirling strings and a wailing chorus with kettle drums launch this filmy number. Not particularly memorable.

Unchained Melody dotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

This modern almost operatic romancer is just too soft at the hands of Duane Eddy. The potential for pompous rock were not realized.

When I Fall In Love dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Another MOR chart song gets the orchestral guitar and chorus treatment. Next!

Mirriam dotdotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

This is a reasonably smooth track with vibrato shimmer. The strings and such are low enough in the mix to allow you to almost forget they are there.

Moon River dotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's "Moon River" is a great vehicle for Duane Eddy's guitar, but there just isn't a need for the strings and chorus. It would have made my mother swoon!

Bali HaÕi dotdotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

The strings rise against a warbly chorus and soft twango shimmer. Haunting in a period sorta way, this is like an Alexander Courage interpretation. Strange.

Hi-Lilli-Hi-Lo dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Elevator mush deluxe... what floor please?

Angel On My Shoulder dotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

"Angel On My Shoulder" is almost cool. It's just too soft and mushy to rise to the occasion.

Memories Of Madrid dotdotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Filmy vacation scenes and slower than slow pacing, with guitar against chorus and plucky violins. Almost cool.

Love Me Tender dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

The Pelvis got really MOR in his waning years. Even when he cut this in the fifties, it was pompously swoony. This throws out the edge with the bath water, leaving just the squish of the fifties housewives.

IÕm So Lonesome I Could Cry dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

What were they thinking? Were they thinking at all? Big guitar and slow-slow country blues for the day-timers of the era.

Long Lonely Days Of Winter dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

A great subtle piano line runs under this less than interesting dumbed down twangster. make you feel like dragging it behind your car just to get it going!

Along Came Linda dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Delicate slush and cry. This was the diversion before Oprah. Argh!

Someday The Rainbow dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

At less than one note per second, "Someday The Rainbow" will never come. gawd, it sure does drag.

Gunsmoke dotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Horns and strings bring on the guitar lines from the TV series, but it's so slow, it's almost stopped! At double or triple speed, it might work.

A Home In The Meadow dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

The great classic melody is slowed to a snail's pace. The vibrato shimmers a dozen times before each successive note emerges. And it's so-o-o far from cool. Think soft.

Danny Boy dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Another classic melody done in by a funeral pace. Very soft and verging on pretty.

Shenandoah dotdot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Wispy strings fluff behind a soft delivery of "Shenandoah." Not interesting, just soft.

Summer Kiss dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Swirling flutes and strings mush their way into vibrato guitar. Nicely played, but jeez!

My Destiny dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

If "My Destiny" were to play like this, well, it's no wonder rock and roll died at the hands of the major labels.

CryinÕ Happy Tears dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Near bounce lurks in the strings of "CryinÕ Happy Tears." Don't get your hopes up, I said near!

Annie Laurie dot
MOR Twang (Instrumental)

Squishy mushy elevator soothing mind numbing slush. You have nothing to do fore the next two minute except count the vibrato's rises and falls.