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Duane Eddy - Surfin' - Duane Eddy and The Rebels In Persondotdotdot
artworkThere isn't any surf here, and it's not live either! The record company just repackaged a bunch of Duane Eddy's classic tracks with a surf cover to cash in on the surf trend in 1963.
Picks: Peter Gunn, Moovin' 'N' Groovin', Yep, Ramrod, Up and Down, Stalkin', I Almost Lost My Mind, Cannonball, Rebel-Rouser

Track by Track Review


Peter Gunn dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of those grand mysteries. The source is an acetate or test pressing with only the title, so the band remains unidentified. It's a fine track, like a much moodier "Out Of Limits" with a more dissonant and dangerous sound. Progression based, yet interesting and engaging.

Kommotion dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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

Hard Times dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This blues standard was done more often than you might imagine back in the day. Duane Eddy's version is fairly straight forward and competently done. Quite nice.

Moovin' 'N' Groovin' dotdotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Another frequently covered tune, this sports the original often borrowed effect of whammy dips, like in the beginning of each verse of "Church Key." It's also the basis for "Beat '65." If not for the catchy hook, it would be just another riff rocker, but that separates the men from the boys, doesn't it.

Yep dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Yep" is a fun track with some goofy shouts of "yep" and the signature big guitar twang. Fun, and occasionally suggested as the root of "Wipe Out."

Ramrod dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

An often covered rockin' jamster designed for party time. Not much melody, just energy and fun. Incidentally, Duane Eddy was on tour while this was recorded. It's Al Casey's guitar on the record (he wrote it too).

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.

Stalkin' dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

A slow tortured stroll, modeled somewhat on the hit "Midnight Stroll," features really nasty sax and throbbing haunted guitar. Egad, this is mean, like a cleaned up Link Wray thing for a late night back alley cruise.

I Almost Lost My Mind dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Ivory Joe Hunter's R&B piano classic comes across like a smoky back room card game. The shimmer of the vibrato is pretty cool.

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.

Cannonball dotdotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Another rebel track with excellent vibrato lead guitar playing a simple riff born of that low-E twang, spicy sax, and rebel yells. Can you spell par-tee?

Rebel-Rouser dotdotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

"Rebel-Rouser" set the formula for Duane Eddy's enduring success. It is a rousing instro with whoops and hollers, and a richly infectious sound. The melody is strong, and the guitar is dead center.