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The Best of Duane Eddy

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Album Review

The title of The Best of Duane Eddy is misleading. It is not a collection of his hits in their original versions — it is a ramshackle collection of re-recordings and covers, with a couple of latter-day hits, like "Your Baby's Gone Surfin'," "The Ballad of Paladin" and "(Dance With The) Guitar Man," thrown in for good measure. It's a fairly entertaining collection, especially since it contains some fine Lee Hazlewood productions, but it should never be considered "the best" Duane Eddy has too offer.


Born: 26 April 1938 in Corning, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '10s

If Duane Eddy's instrumental hits from the late '50s can sound unduly basic and repetitive (especially when taken all at once), he was vastly influential. Perhaps the most successful instrumental rocker of his time, he may have also been the man most responsible (along with Chuck Berry) for popularizing the electric rock guitar. His distinctively low, twangy riffs could be heard on...
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