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Duane Eddy - Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Traveldotdotdot
artworkThis 1958 album is early enough in Duane Eddy's career to contain some gems, including the Al Casey played rocker "Ramrod."
Picks: Lonesome Road, I Almost Lost My Mind, Cannonball, The Lonely One, Detour, Stalkin', Ramrod, Moovin' 'N' Groovin'

Track by Track Review


Lonesome Road dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

This old classic is breathed new rock 'n' roll life by virtue of the vibrato guitar and saucy sax within. The performance borders on sterile, but has just enough jazz club honesty to keep it afloat. This is the arrangement that the Chantays borrowed, though they gave it more shimmer.

I Almost Lost My Mind dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

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

Rebel-Rouser dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Big guitar twango, much like the original. It's not exactly a repro, but there's only a knife blade between the two from a production perspective. It's so close that one must question the point of re-recording it. The only thing lacking is the exuberance of youth, Steve Douglas' sax wail and the acoustics of the original room.

Three-30-Blues dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Tape echo provides delay for atmospherics in this straight forward blues jam. Some very tasteful whammy and cool piano jangle over walking bass lines. "Three-30-Blues" doesn't stand out, but it is very well played, illustrating why producers would like working with these guys.

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?

The Lonely One dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

With a vibrato intro about as throbbing as Ike & Tina Turner's "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," this mid tempo tune is set apart with bongos and a male chorus ion lieu of the sax. It shimmers alright, and is pretty darn spiffy.

Detour dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Paul Westmoreland's classic galloping cowboy beat behind a splendid throbbing vibrato guitar telling tales of horses and gorgeous gingham. Saucy sax and extra twang.

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.

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).

Anytime dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Herbert Lawson's slow tune is delicately picked out with the vibrato turned to seven. Melodic and pretty, but not particularly memorable.

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.

Loving You dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lovely tremolo guitar shimmers in a slow stroll. While very pretty, and certainly romantic, "Loving You" doesn't really command or bring you back. The chorus is the nail in the coffin.