Duane Eddy

Twangy Guitar, Silky Strings/Water Skiing

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One Way reissued two of Duane Eddy's RCA albums, Twangy Guitar, Silky Strings and Water Skiing, on one CD in 1998. Although the pairing is a little odd -- an easy listening album and a surfing record don't necessarily make good bedfellows -- they both happen to be among Eddy's best albums for the label. Lee Hazlewood produced Twangy Guitar, Silky Strings, and he helped create a wonderfully lush, majestic sound that allowed Eddy to showcase his romantic side. The twangy guitar can get a little samey, but it's never incongruous on this gem of a record. Water Skiing is a full-throttle surf-rock record, and it only makes sense that Eddy tackles that style, since his endless echo was a catalyst for surf-rockers. Almost all of the songs on the album are originals, including the ingenious rip-off "Whip Off." There's nothing really memorable on the album, but all of the songs are opportunities for Eddy to simply play, and he plays very, very well -- enough to make the album worthwhile for most serious Eddy fans. [One Way added three bonus tracks -- "Shuckin'," "Guitar Star" and "The Iguana" -- to their two-fer.]

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:05
2 1:53
3 2:37
4 2:58
5 3:10
6 2:27
7 2:46
8 2:43
9 2:52
10 2:47
11 2:13
12 2:50
13 2:50
14 1:59
15 1:58
16 2:30
17 2:07
18 2:59
19 2:11
20 2:07
21 2:23
22 1:57
23 2:22
24 2:20
25 3:56
26 2:10
27 2:34
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