Duane Eddy by stdepue


									"The Greatest Hits of Duane Eddy," comes to us as an English import, not
surprisingly, as he's always been perhaps even more popular there than
here. Eddy, a Grammy-winning guitarist, inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in 1994, is widely considered the most successful rock and
roll instrumentalist of all time: his records have sold more than 100
million copies worldwide. And there can be no doubt that, from his first
hit and signature tune, the aptly-named "Rebel Rouser," recorded in
1958, when he was just twenty, he's one of the founding fathers of
rockabilly, and, by extension, rock and roll.

The record at hand is a good collection of his biggest hits, rerecorded
in the U.K., some of them originally bigger in the U.K. than here,
although he had an unprecedented 34 chart-topping singles here, of which
15 made Top Forty rank. The U.K. rerecording was done, of course, when
he was considerably past his dark, hit-making prime. You don't need me
to tell you that the material isn't as strong as the originals. If you
want them, you should consider trying to get a remastering of one of his
earlier records.

Eddy's" big" sound prompted John Fogarty to dub him the first rock and
roll god. The tremendously influential sound was deep, dark,
reverberant,"twangy,"as it was called, surely Southern-fried, influenced
by country, blues, jazz and gospel. Eddy created this sound by utilizing
strong, dramatic, single-note melodies, bending the low strings,
combining echo and vibrato bar with the help of the esteemed Lee
Hazlewood, longtime music producer, and Eddy's longtime partner in the
recording studio. He also utilized rebel yells from his backing band,
and swinging saxophone breaks. Furthermore, his backing were also
esteemed musicians. Many of them went on to work for Phil Spector, as he
created his "wall of sound." In addition, almost all of them were/are
popular studio session men to this day.

If you want the more *modern* versions of these tunes, guess this is the
disk for you. Otherwise, try looking back.

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