240:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Samlings LP från 1960. Utgiven på ett litet Japanskt skivbolag "Oldays Records" i runt 3-500 exemplar totalt.)
Solid best-of album from 1960 of Duane Eddy's earliest hits, including "Rebel Rouser," "Movin' & Groovin'," "Ramrod," and "Forty Miles of Bad Road."
The first Jamie Records 45 was released in 1957, but it was guitar instrumentalist Duane Eddy who vaulted the label into national prominence in 1958 with “Movin’ and Groovin’” and “Rebel Rouser.” He would eventually garner 20 Top 100 hits before leaving in 1962. Label owner Harold Lipsius’s business partner, Harry Finfer, discovered Eddy, a Phoenix guitarist produced by Lee Hazlewood.
Finfer’s habit was to play a record over and over to see if he tired of it. The strangeness of Eddy’s catchy, bottom-string melody – reverbed in a 2,000-gallon water tank complete with whoops and hollers – caught his ear, and with Dick Clark’s help (reputedly, he held a share in Jamie in those conflict-of-interest times) on Bandstand, created a formula that would be replicated on many albums, all centered on The Twang: Have Twangy Guitar, Will Travel; The Twang’s The Thang, and this particular assemblage, which features Duane’s greatest hits, including the 1960 movie theme “Because They’re Young” that balances Eddy’s baritone voicings against soaring, uplifting strings, its own raison d’etre.
|Svensk EP från 1960|
That low, twangy sound was devised in collaboration with producer Lee Hazlewood, an Arizona disc jockey whom Eddy had met while hanging out at a radio station as a teenager. By the late '50s, Hazlewood had branched out into production. Before Duane began recording, his principal influence had been Chet Atkins, but at Hazlewood's suggestion, he started concentrating on guitar lines at the lower end of the strings.
His opening riff of his debut single, "Movin' and Groovin'," would be lifted for the Beach Boys five years later to open "Surfin' U.S.A." It was the next 45, "Rebel Rouser," that would really break up him as a national star, reaching the Top Ten in 1958. Opening with a down-and-dirty, heavily echoed guitar riff, it remains the tune with which he's most often identified.
Eddy's phenomenally successful run of hits over the next few years was to some extent a variation on the "Rebel Rouser" theme. With cowboy whoops from the backup band helping drive things along, they weren't nearly as innovative as work of Link Wray during the same era, but they were much more popular.
The singles -- "Peter Gunn," "Cannonball," "Shazam," and "Forty Miles of Bad Road" were probably the best -- also did their part to help keep the raunchy spirit of rock & roll alive, during a time in which it was in danger of being watered down. Much of that raunch was not solely due to Eddy himself, but to the honking sax solos of Steve Douglas, who would go on to become one of the top session players in the industry. Duane would have his biggest hit, however, in 1960, when he sweetened the twang with strings for the movie theme "Because They're Young."
Eddy started to lose momentum in the early '60s, and left the Jamie label in 1962 for the much bigger RCA. "(Dance With The) Guitar Man," which featured an atypical chorus of female vocals, would be his last Top 20 hit that same year. His albums -- often based on loose themes, like A Million Dollars Worth of Twang, Twisting With Duane Eddy, and Surfing With Duane Eddy -- kept him afloat to some degree.
But his style doggedly refused evolution, although scattered cuts indicate he was capable of abandoning the twang for more bluesy or straight-out rock sounds. The British Invasion wiped Duane out commercially, although he recorded intermittently over the next couple of decades. In 1986, he enjoyed a brief comeback when the Art of Noise built their "Peter Gunn" hit around his guest contributions; Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ry Cooder, and Jeff Lynne all helped produce a 1987 album. It's that run of late-'50s and early-'60s hits, though, for which he'll principally be remembered.
01. Rebel Rouser 02:02 (1958)
02. Cannonball 01:52 (1958)
03. The Quiet Three 01:57 (1959)
04. Bonnie Came Back 01:59 (1959)
05. Because They're Young 01:59 (1960)
06. Theme For Moon Children 02:15 (1960)
07. Moovin 'n' Groovin' 02:03 (1958)
08. The Lonely One 01:40 (1959)
09. Forty Miles of Bad Road 02:10 (1959)
10. Some Kinda Earthquake 01:17 (1959)
11. First Love, First Tears 02:05
12. Kommotion 02:25 (1960)
13. Ramrod 01:40 (1957)
14. Peter Gunn 02:23 (1959)
15. Yep! 02:04 (1959)
16. Shazam! 02:04 (1960)