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Twang Thang: The Duane Eddy Anthology

Duane EddyAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: May 18, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000003309
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Moovin' N' Groovin'
2. Stalkin'
3. Rebel Rouser
4. Ramrod
5. Cannonball
6. The Lonely One
7. Detour
8. Three-30-Blues
9. I Almost Lost My Mind
10. Yep!
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. (Dance With The) Guitar Man
2. The Ballad Of Paladin
3. Boss Guitar
4. Sugar Foot Rag
5. The Window Up Above
6. Crazy Arms
7. One Mint Julep
8. Hard Times
9. Swanee River Rock
10. Buckaroo
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

All pompadour, cheekbones, and a trademark "twangy" sound that boomed like it was recorded at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Duane Eddy was rock & roll's first guitar-hero. Beginning with "Moovin' n' Groovin" (1957), the combination of Eddy's hollow-body Gretch, Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, a tremolo unit, and oceans of echo racked up dozens of hits. The best ("Rebel Rouser," "Forty Miles of Bad Road," and "Dance with the Guitar Man") are also typical--Duane twangs a simple melody over some yakkety sax and much excited yelling in the background. As such, his worldwide influence on a generation of guitar-pickers was massive. Eddy returned to the charts in 1986 when the U.K. studio collective, Art of Noise, collaborated with him on an electronic cut-and-paste version of "Peter Gunn" (he'd first recorded the tune 26 years earlier). Incidentally, the 40 songs on this 2 CD set include several previously unreleased mid-'60s blues and early-'80s superstar sessions that are hipper than the hits. Nevertheless, Eddy remains a master of tone, timing, dynamics, and--most importantly--feel and expression, and there's not a single day goes by that some session leader doesn't call for "a Duane Eddy-type" guitar sound. --Don Waller

Product Description

The ultimate collection from the guitar-slingin' "Rebel Rouser" who's rock 'n' roll's #1 instrumental artist and the man who invented "twang." Features all his hits on Jamie and RCA, a great booklet and even some unreleased tracks! Rock along to Rebel-'Rouser; Cannonball; The Lonely One; Forty Miles of Bad Road; Because They're Young; Peter Gunn; Pepe; Buckaroo; Yep! , and 31 more twang-tastic tunes!

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a must for any Duane Eddy fan, and may well be a collector's item for any record collector. It offers good value for your money, with two CDs covering his original hit recordings - and more resent material, in cooperation with fellow guitarists like Ry Cooder and George Harrison. There's also a small booklet that offers lots of interesting pictures and annecdotes about Duane, his music and his career.
My favorites are his "Chet Atkins inspired" finger picking tracks like "Trambone" and "Route #1", where he offers a more complex style than usually asosiated with Duane. I also enjoy the string touch to "Because They're Young". A more traditional Duane Eddy track is "Kommotion", which I think adds perspective to his style. I also enjoy the stereo version of "Shazam" - being one of my all-time favorites. On CD two, I espesially like the up tempo "Roadhouse Boogie", the more lazy "Zephyr Cove" and Duane's 12 string version of "Buckaroo".
Both the original version of the Henry Mancini composition "Peter Gunn" and the Twang mix, with The Art Of Noise are included in this box. There are so many higlights, but as it says in the included booklet; the one you're most likely to hum after playing the set is the catchy "Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar".
If you are a Duane Edyy fan, you MUST have this - if you're not: buy it and BECOME a fan!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major influence for early rock guitarists! March 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This box set by Rhino offers every worthy cut by Duane Eddy, who remains an underated influence on rock music. From 1958 to 1962, I couldn't wait for the latest Duane Eddy record. He had hit after hit. Every aspiring rock guitarist with a little elbow grease could play along with these fine recordings. This 2-disc set covers his entire career including some later recordings, but his heyday (1958-1962) covers every single record and even the flip sides too (which were always good).

"Twang Thang" is a must for anyone who loved those classic rock records from that period or for any student of early rock. My Favorites: Rebel Rouser, Cannonball, The Lonely One, Theme from Pepe, 40 Miles of Bad Road etc. etc. Oh, the sound is superb. And the great booklet in the box set features recording dates, personnel and many photos. Thank, Rhino! Great Job!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twang Thang July 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'v been listening to this album for 20+++ years (on tape)
and as luck would have it ... I now have it on CD.. for me
this is such timeless music. Duane is a one of a kind with the
great bends and twang of the guitar. After 50+ years of
listening to all kinds of music (clasic to country) this
album is still in my top five.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, But Not Enough Echo-o-o-o's September 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Duane Eddy had 28 Top 100 pop singles, counting the 1986 "comeback" mix of Peter Gunn with The Art Of Noise, six R&B and one Country cross-overs, plus one 1977 Country hit - You Are My Sunshine - with vocals by the late, great Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kin Vassy and Duane's wife Deed, a # 69 that May.

So, in a 40-selection "anthology" one would reasonably expect to see all 29, with the other eleven reserved for LP cuts. But no, for some reason the producers [Duane himself and James Austin] decided to give us just 18 legitimate hit singles with 22 spots for LP cuts!

Missing, then, are the bottom-strings, twangy echo sounds of The Quiet Three, the flipside of Forty Miles Of Bad Road and a # 46 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in July 1959; Bonnie Came Back [a solid # 26 Hot 100 early in 1960]; Theme From Dixie with The Anita Kerr Singers and The Jordanaires [# 39 Hot 100 in April 1961]; Ring Of Fire [# 84 Hot 100 in June 1961]; Drivin' Home [# 87 Hot 100 in July 1961]; My Blue Heaven [# 50 in September 1961]; Deep In The Heart Of Texas [# 78 Hot 100 in May 1962]; Lonely Boy, Lonely Guitar [# 82 Hot 100 in May 1963]; Your Baby's Gone Surfin' [# 93 Hot 100 in September 1963] - the last two with Darlene Love and The Blossoms billed as The Rebelettes [as they were on Dance With The Guitar Man and Boss Guitar]; The Son Of Rebel Rouser [# 97 Hot 100 in January 1964] and the above-mentioned 1977 Country hit

I don't know about you, but leaving off 38% of one's hit singles in an alleged anthology is a bit much. At the very least, the Top 40 hits Bonnie Came Back and Theme From Dixie, along with that 1977 Country hit, SHOULD have been included.

Normally, the omissions would have been enough to knock off two stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the one we want December 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the cd that we Duane Eddy fans really want!Sure, it is a little bit pricey, but, we don't have any other choice as far as I can see for original songs, and such a large collection of music,and to go along with all this is a little booklet with lots of pictures and information about Duane and the music, and the individual songs on this cd set.If you're looking for Duane Eddy cd that will not disapoint, this is it.This is an excellant collection put out by Rhino and is one fans don't want to miss.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twangs the Thang! September 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a great compilation of Duane's best and it is well worth the money. I grew up listening to the twangy guitar of Duane Eddy and he was and is the best! My favorite has always been "Rebel Rouser". If you hear it blasting in the car next to you, it might be me and it will be this Anthology CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars TWANG THANG
Hey this CD TWANG THANG of Duane Eddy is a very good 2 CD set
has some really great guitar tracks on both CD's worth having in your
CD collection if your a guitar fan... Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. N. Part
5.0 out of 5 stars Completists--Grab This One!
Excellent recording quality, generous track numbers. Disk 1 for those not owning the hits, exactly as you remember them, since they are originals of 50 years ago remastered well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dr. J
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star collection of guitary instrumentals.
Music from the pre-McFestus era. Other than Rebel Rouser and Peter Gunn theme I don't recall any of these. Boy was I missing something. Really enjoyed the whole 2 cd- pack. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Watson McFestus
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Disc One, 3 for Disc Two, and 6 for the booklet...
I've been a Duane Eddy fan since the first notes of his 1958 hit "Rebel Rouser" hit my yankee ears in...1958. I was 14. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by William E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Duane at his Best.
Very fast delivery. Great value. The CD's speak for themselves. This is Duane Eddy at his best. If you like twang guitar it doesn't get any better than this.
Published on January 3, 2012 by Darwin
4.0 out of 5 stars ..Finally, The Jamie Tracks..!
...My 45 collection from the 50's & 60's (several 1,000) have been dragged from Boston, Texas, Maryland & now Florida..where they all reside in one whole closet.. Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by Robert M. Groves
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favorite since 1957!
The first record album that I ever bought was "The Twang The Thang" back in 1957 and I still enjoy it every now and then. Read more
Published on August 31, 2010 by Robert D. Streetz
5.0 out of 5 stars All New Music Due Soon From Duane Eddy June 2011
Duane Eddy... will release a CD "Road Trip" of all new Music. Richard Hawley produced the new Duane Eddy Project in England. Read more
Published on April 8, 2009 by Michael G. Hart
4.0 out of 5 stars The Twang Is the Thang!
Wow....... never knew this was available, till now. The old Master of the Guitar! After all, it was the first song played during the movie, Forrest Gump!
Published on February 22, 2009 by Frank Shoemaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Duane Eddy CD
I bought this CD for my Mom, who is related to Duane Eddy. She loves his music and says the sound quality is incredible.
Published on January 13, 2009 by Christina L. Isaacs
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