Originally released in the late '80s, Duane Eddy: His Twangy Guitar and the Rebels collects ten cuts from the original "Rebel Rouser," all of which are new recordings produced by "friends" like Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynne, Ry Cooder, and Anne Dudley. As one would expect, the production values are indicative of the era (Dudley's work echoes Peter Gunn-era Art of Noise and McCartney reworks the sound of his dreadful Press to Play album). Only Ry Cooder and Jeff Lynne rise to the challenge, crafting nuanced (though disposable) forays into rockabilly, slow-burn blues, and middle-age pop that do justice to Eddy's iconic status.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger