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The Birth of a Guitar Legend - The Jamie Singles Sessions 1957-1962 [Box set]

Duane Eddy Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 16, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Jamie/Guyden
  • ASIN: B0041X8ZR2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Moovin' N' Groovin'
2. Up And Down
3. The Raid
4. Rebel-'Rouser
5. Rebel-'Rouser (Undubbed)
6. Stalkin'
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Bonnie Came Back
2. Lost Island
3. Lost Island (Alt. Flute)
4. Shazam!
5. Shazam! (Alt. Take)
6. The Secret Seven
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Gidget Goes Hawaiian
2. Theme From Dixie
3. Dixie (Yep! Session Take)
4. Ring Of Fire
5. Ring Of Fire (Soundtrack Version)
6. Bobbie
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

(3-CD set) With 75 tracks on 3 CDs and music and photos never previously released, this is the ultimate collection of Duane Eddy's spectacular career as the original guitar god and pioneering top 40 instrumentalist. Starting with his first Jamie single in 1958, the set covers every single Duane Eddy release on Jamie Records. The releases are supplemented with session outtakes, undubbed alternative takes, studio chat and previously unreleased original music that fill out and bring alive Duane's early career. No less important are the contribution and methods of Duane's producer Lee Hazlewood, himself a legend of rock 'n roll history.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Legend November 30, 2010
This is an awesome collection of classic and unreleased recordings from a legend of rock n' roll. The sound is remastered, and has real depth. I found the booklet very informative. Who doesn't want vintage Lee Hazlewood productions? An amazing set.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duane Eddy: The Birth of Guitar Legend November 30, 2010
By julie
This is one of the best compilation cds I've ever heard. The accompanying booklet provides an accurate history of Eddy's career. Well done!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation November 30, 2010
Hit after hit after hit. No wonder he's in the R&R Hall of Fame. A must have for your CD collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent quality July 9, 2011
After a back-to-back comparison of tracks with Bear Family's long deleted Duane Eddy box set from 1994, I've gotta say this release falls short, but not by a huge margin. The sound on the Bear Family box is superior. This set has a touch more bass on some tracks but it lacks the overall clarity of Bear Family mastering. Jamie's mastering of one track in particular on this set - 'Rebel Raid' on CD #1 - is pure laziness. This is clearly a disc dub off a Canadian LP (where it only ever appeared) and the first couple of seconds are marred by the sound of 3 or 4 prominent clicks which I easily removed with my music editor. Why Jamie's reissue engineer didn't do the same is beyond me. There are also errors in using album versions of some of the tracks in this set. For goodness sake, this is supposed to be a collection of his Jamie SINGLES - e.g, 'My Blue Heaven'. Only the Bear box gets that right.

Finally, the cover design is totally lack-lustre and features a much later pic of the star - WITH HIS BACK TURNED TO THE CAMERA! - Huh! why? - Duane was a good looking dude - So why do we not get a nice studio portrait shot of the star, in his prime on the front of this set? There are a number of his original Jamie 45 sleeves reproduced (in miniature) on one part of the cover. Why the hell they didn't use just one of these attractive shots, full size on the cover is beyond comprehension.

Those comments aside, this release will be a welcome issue for those fans who missed Bear Family's unfortunately short-lived box set. Sadly, the Liner notes for this release are very brief and hardly befit such an important artist in Jamie's catalog.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Few Inconsistencies January 2, 2011
This is a great package, don't get me wrong. But the things keeping it from a 5-star rating for me are inconsistencies. Some of the singles are represented by the 7" mono edits ("Shazam!", "Ring of Fire" and "The Battle"); whereas, some are represented by the stereo album version ("Detour" and "My Blue Heaven"). Then you have "Three-thirty Blues" where both the 7" mono edit AND the stereo album version are included. Unprocessed natural stereo mixes of "Shazam!" and "Ring of Fire" and the 7" mono edit of "My Blue Heaven" are all available from Bear Family. Then there's the missing version of "The Battle" from any source to date, and that is the 7" edit in natural stereo. This is the version found on the Jamie vinyl album "$1,000,000 Worth of Twang, Vol. 2". Jamie/Guyden has not yet released this album on CD in their current chronological series. This need to be done not only for the single version of "The Battle" in stereo, but also the fact that this was such an unusual and great compilation to start with: all in true stereo except for "Up and Down". The quality of the singles collection under review here is superb. Liner notes are really skimpy, however. But it is worth buying, no question about it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE DUANE EDDY "TWANG THANG" December 22, 2010
Had this compactly packaged, gloriously remastered retrospective been titled "The 'Twang' Heard 'Round The World," it would more aptly convey the international longitudes and latitudes of Duane Eddy's musical influence.

Other than Les Paul -- the father of the electric guitar and the grandfather to the multitude of talented offspring who took his invention and rocked the world -- no other guitar-gifted musician was as talented as Duane Eddy. Just add the term "twang" and his signature sound immediately associates and resonates, which is why this triple-CD set is the "Ultimate Twang Thang."

Why? Because this is a collector's dream. Hits galore -- MANY IN W-I-D-E TRUE STEREO -- with previously unissued false starts, alternate takes and session talk that takes the listener back to a time sublime, when producer Lee Hazlewood groomed, refined and nurtured Duane's "low-stringed" moves and grooves for Jamie Records.

The above could not have been possible, had the 50-plus-year-old Philadelphia record label not preserved the original multi-track tapes that have been pristinely showcased here, as never before, with the absolute best selection of Eddy's mono and stereo masters. These appear as A & B-sides, select LP tracks and never-before-heard rarities.

Bear in mind that hearing "Rebel Rouser" in its stripped, undubbed state is somewhat startling. More thunderous is hearing the alternate, in-progress take of "Yep," which is so electrifying, you feel the guitar pickups surge, absorbing and communicating the heavy gauge of Eddy's strings. Although "Yep" was not one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's bigger or even best-remembered recordings, to this longtime fan, the standout track is the pinnacle and most unforgettable offering.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD!
This CD contains all of Duane Eddy's Jamie recordings, plus a lot of interesting extras. If you are a Duane Eddy fan, you will want to add this CD to your collection.
Published 7 months ago by Lance W. Whitehead
4.0 out of 5 stars LOTS OF SELDOM-HEARD TRACKS...
Now, why would I buy this Jamie 3-disc set when I already own (and love) Rhino`s two-disc Twang Thang anthology? And why might you? Read more
Published 8 months ago by RICH
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of a Guitar Legend - The Jamie Singles Sessoins 1957-1962
The greatest of the great in his early years, this is a set of 3 CDs that I'm very happy to find. The sound may not be perfect but it wasn't perfect way back then when I was... Read more
Published 17 months ago by hazeleyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brand New Duane Eddy Album
While You're at it...pick up the new Duane Eddy Album "Road Trip" right here on
Don't miss Duane Eddy and the Ventures at Viva Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel in... Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by Michael G. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have CD for any instrumental music fan.
A wonderful collection from Duane Eddy's early years. Duane is not only a living legend but will forever be an icon for creating such a recognizable sound, his famous 'TWANG'. Read more
Published on May 14, 2011 by David Grigg
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound 5 stars - packaging 1 star - typical Jamie cheapo production
This compilation of Duane Eddy's Jamie 45s and out takes clocks in at 180 minutes. All the familiar tracks are here but the sound is far superior to the 1994 Bear Family box set... Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by Luigi Facotti
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