Duane Eddy

Duane A-Go-Go/Duane Does Dylan

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Collectables reissued two of Duane Eddy's 1965 albums for Colpix, Duane A Go-Go and Duane Does Dylan, on one compact disc in 1998. It was an odd pairing, to say the least. Duane A Go-Go is a party record, pure and simple, and while Eddy's twanging guitar is in good form, only a handful of songs are memorable. For the most part, Duane Does Dylan is exactly what it says it is -- Eddy recasting Dylan's songs as reverb-drenched rockers. For some reason, he tosses in a couple of non-Dylan songs -- "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Not the Lovin' Kind," "Houston" and "Eve of Destruction" -- which really don't sit very well with the other material. Furthermore, Dylan's songs aren't really suited for the Eddy treatment, and the whole thing sounds like a failed experiment. So, that leaves the disc is a curiosity, even for hardcore Eddy fans. Then again, those dedicated fans may prefer to acquire these albums as part of Bear Family's exhaustive box, since the sound quality there is better than it is here. On the other hand, it's nice to have these albums in the original running order and have the original covers reproduced, as they are here.

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