Joined: Sep. 2007
||Posted: June 07 2008, 11:16
|Quote (Alan D @ June 07 2008, 14:54)|
|Quote (Dirk Star @ June 07 2008, 13:21)|
|I like Duane despite his limitations.The Shadows rendition of his hit Shazam for instance completely blows his version out the water.|
That's undeniably true, and yet....
I saw Duane when I was 18 or 19 - he came to the university union - a few years past his prime I guess, but I remember sitting there just a few feet away from him, completely awestruck! He had a sort of presence, you know?
Gosh those were the days, and that was the place to be. I saw Little Richard too, that year, and Status Quo when they were still psychedelic. No proper stage, and close enough to shake hands with them. Also that year, I met a guy who'd been a pal of Paul Simon's on his first trip to London, virtually unknown (when he was still engaged to Kathy, of 'Kathy's Song' fame). He taught me how to play 'Kathy's Song', and the Davy Graham piece 'Angie', a la Simon - so I was conscious of getting this stuff at first remove from the Maestro himself. Sigh.
Er, sorry. What was the topic? Nostalgia? Ah, no. Yes, Wonderful Land (Mike doesn't quite match up to the original, for me), and The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt. Brilliant stuff.
Oh ... not that? Four Winds, you say? Oops.
Hey if you can play Angie i`m very impressed Alan.I love that track.Is`nt that a Bert Jansch thing originally though?After Davey Graham that is.I know Paul Simon was influenced by him,but I never realised he actually covered it.
And you saw Duane Eddy live,fantastic stuff.He made a great album in the mid-80`s with loads of collaborative tracks from artists such as Jeff Lynne,Paul McCartney,George Harrison,Ry Cooder,James Burton and The Art Of Noise.And it all stayed very true to the Duane Eddy sound you know I absolutely loved that album when I bought it.Duane Eddy always reminds me of a story my dad told me when he stayed in one of those Hi-Di-Hi style holiday camps of the early 60`s.Every morning of that holiday at about seven O` clock or something they played Because They`re Young full blast through the speaker inside his chalet.Man that must have been so ironic.My dad said they tried muffling the speaker with a pillow and stuff,but apparently you could still hear the thing.Needless to say he really hates Duane Eddy to this very day in fact..
Anyway we`re getting blown way off course from the four winds here I must apologise.Can I just say that my favourite part is the bit with the pretendy sitar in it.It`s just got a really nice feel to it I think,very nice.I could do with a little of that summery breeze sitting outside here.I`m absolutely roasting.