Duane Eddy

Dance with the Guitar Man/Twistin' & Twangin'

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One Way reissued two of Duane Eddy's RCA albums, Dance with the Guitar Man and Twistin' & Twangin', on one CD in 1998. Dance with the Guitar Man is exactly what the title suggests -- a dance album built around Eddy's hit title track. It plays a lot better than it reads, and it's a thoroughly entertaining party rock album. Twistin' & Twangin' is in the same vein as Dance with the Guitar Man, but it isn't quite as entertaining, mainly because everything has the same twist beat and is tied into the twist craze -- all but one song has "twist" in the title (even "I'm Walkin'" was retitled "Walkin' N' Twistin'"). Still, there are some fun moments to be had before the concept wears itself out, and it's a reasonably entertaining record, even if it is padded with filler. (One Way added three bonus tracks -- "Stretchin' Out," "Wild Westerners" and "Desert Rat" -- to their two-fer).

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