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Duane Eddy - $1,000,000 Worth Of Twangdotdotdot
artworkDuane Eddy, Steve Douglas and Al Casey, mostly dumbed down by a dreadful chorus.
Picks: The Quiet Three, Because They're Young, Some Kinda Earthquake, Kommotion, First Love, First Tears, The Battle, Theme From Dixie, Drivin' Home, Up and Down, Pepe, Lost Friend, Prisoner's Song, Bonnie Came Back, Bobbie, John Henry, Cripple Creek, Theme From Moon Children, Ring of Fire, Big Liza, Gidget Goes Hawaiian

Track by Track Review


The Quiet Three dotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

MOR country twang, with strings and fluffy production. Every morsel of edge has been stripped away, replaced with elevator grease.

Because They're Young dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Another hit for the big guitar twangster. This one sports too many strings for my taste, but it is a splendid melody and was quite a hit. The liners say it "vaguely resembles the theme from Jeopardy." It was actually the theme from a 1960 film of the same name. Don Costa and friends wrote this pre-Al Caiola sounding film theme. Despite the syrupy strings, this has a magnetism that can suck you in. I can't say I've seen the film, but I can visualize this under the credits easily enough.

Some Kinda Earthquake dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

This is a rhythm dominated country tune with no melody, just a riff and a sax here and there. Smooth and fun.

Kommotion dotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Vibrato guitar backed by useless strings. A country blues of little interest.

First Love, First Tears dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Teenage gushy mushy with chorus and plinky prom piano. Pretty, but dismissible.

The Battle dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

"The Battle Hymn Of The Republic" as you might expect is juiced up like a rebel version of "Manhattan Spiritual." Somehow, the point is missed. It's formulaic, derived from "Forty Miles Of Bad Road" arrangement wise, but ruined with a chorus.

Theme From Dixie dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Naturally, "Theme From Dixie" would follow. Like "The Battle," it is lessened by a chorus singing "Away" and a female wailing. Otherwise, it's pure Southern Rock. Oh yeah, it's replete with obligatory rebel yells.

Drivin' Home dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Plinky piano, cruisin' low-E guitar, saucy sax, and a chorus that should be shot. I mean, singing "bow bow bow" and "boom boom boom."

Up and Down dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Al Casey and Lee Hazelwood teamed up writing this, and it has a nastier sound than the others from the "$1,000,000" sessions. A nasty R&B number, with groovy low-E guitar riffs. Mostly a jam, it works well in part due to the guitar tone and the unusual drums cadence.

Pepe dotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Guitar Lite from the film of the same name. It might as well be an after dinner mint. Concocted rock.

Lost Friend dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

"Lost Friend" is a very slow sad tune, sorta soft and squishy MOR. Pretty, but nothing more than a backdrop with a chorus.

Prisoner's Song dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Traditional picking, from the banjo opener to the Buck Owens beat. Acoustic guitar and light weight energy. The flute drops it from just pretty to the MOR bargain basement.

Bonnie Came Back dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

"My Bonny Lies Over The Sea" and she should stay there. The energy is solid, the playing pristine, the sax mean, the drums excellent, and still, it's just a cover of "My Bonny Lies Over The Sea."

Bobbie dotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Sorta country, sorta soft rock, sorta MOR, sorta forgettable.

John Henry dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Duane Eddy is credited as writer, but this is an ancient folk tune. The acoustic treatment is a nice change, and well done at that, with banjo and tasty finger work. The flute kills it, but otherwise it's pretty cool.

Cripple Creek dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

The best version ever of this tune was cut by Mason Proffit. This is a tasty banjo and flute duo, backed by guitar, bass and drums. Pretty fun, though pretty tame.

Theme From Moon Children dotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Big screen theme sludge, strings, and a guitar somewhere in there. tasty drums, and a lumbering edgie sorta weirdness.

Ring of Fire dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

June Carter's magnificent tune written for her husband Johnny Cash, and played down by Duane Eddy and friends, and then dumbed down by that awful chorus. It might as well be Lawrence Welk.

Big Liza dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Plunky country hop, guitar riff, cool bits, raspy sax, and that chorus. Party at your house, but not mine.

Gidget Goes Hawaiian dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Alright, the little lady that started the Beach Movie craze gets immortalized without any reservations. Without the chorus, this would be just lame. It does, however, lend itself to a Blue Hawaiians or King Of Hawaii treatment.