6:00 AM GMT 22/06/2011
The King Of Twang goes acoustic to wondrous effect.
"At the height of rock'n'roll The Kingston Trio started having folk hits so I thought, Let's try that and see what happens," explains Eddy on the subject of this 1960 acoustic album. For Eddy, the album marked a radical departure from his trademarked uproarious instrumental outings like Rebel Rouser (his second 45 and breakthrough hit of '58 which reached Number 6 in the US), Forty Miles Of Bad Road and, indeed, his thunderous re-working of Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn (his first UK Top 10 hit in '59). For all the frat-party fun associated with his early singles, Eddy was a player of vast scope steeped in both country and jazz as well as rambunctious rock'n'roll - a point evinced on lesser known album tracks like Erskine Hawkins's Tuxedo Junction (from 1959's Especially for You) or Loving You (from 1958's Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel).
With Songs Of Our Heritage, his fourth set, Eddy elected to showcase his dexterity, most notably by dipping back into a selection of traditional tunes. As a result standards like John Henry, The Streets Of Laredo and In The Pines (to name but three) are full of the man's understated elegance. Such is the subtlety of his playing that in 1960 Songs Of Our Heritage proved to be his least successful album to date. Over 40 years on, it is now one of his most satisfying with elements chiming with his new album, Road Trip, produced in Sheffield by Richard Hawley and due out in June.
Posted by Ross_Bennett at 6:00 AM GMT 05/05/2011
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