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The Twang Gang

  • 1. Need You - Donnie Owens
    2. Girl on Death Row - Duane Eddy/Lee Hazlewood
    3. Sure as the Wind Will Blow - Sanford Clark
    4. Born to Be With You - Don Cole
    5. Sweet Angel - Donnie Owens
    6. Funny Honey - Two Dons
    7. Pretty Jane - Mark Robinson
    8. Out in the Cold Again - Donnie Owens
    9. Out of My Heart - Donnie Owens
    10. Words Mean Nothing - Duane Eddy/Lee Hazlewood
    11. If I'm Wrong - Donnie Owens
    12. Streets of San Francisco, The - Sanford Clark
    13. Tomorrow - Donnie Owens
    14. Night Before the End, The - Two Dons
    15. Between Midnight and Dawn - Donnie Owens
    16. Ask Me Anything - Donnie Owens
    17. Want Me - Mark Robinson
    18. Can't Take Any More - Donnie Owens
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4017

  • Credits
    ProducerBuddy Wheeler

    Includes liner notes by John P. Dixon.
    Digitally remastered by Tom Moulton and Greg Vaughn.
    Personnel: Don Cole, Duane Eddy (guitar); Don Rollins (piano).
    Liner Note Author: John P. Dixon.
    Recording information: Audio Recorders, Phoenix, AZ (1957-1973); Ramsey's Recorders, Phoenix, AZ (1957-1973); Viv Studios, Phoenix, AZ (1957-1973).
    In the late '50s and early '60s, the same circle of musicians who worked on Duane Eddy's records with Lee Hazlewood also worked on numerous other rock and pop discs with Hazlewood in Phoenix. The Twang Gang collects 18 of these (although a couple of Sanford Clark tracks actually date from 1973). This is more for collectors looking to fill in the blanks of early rock & roll history than it is for the general fan. But it's pleasant, unremarkable rock with a country-pop flavor, sometimes edging into mild rockabilly, at other times getting into teen idol territory. The Hazlewood cult will have their alarms tweaked by a couple of rare 1960 cuts billed to him and Duane Eddy, including the characteristically gloomy (for Hazlewood) "Girl on Death Row," with some great low twangs by Eddy. There are also both sides of a 1958 single Hazlewood did under the pseudonym Mark Robinson, including an atypical pass at rockabilly, "Pretty Jane." The Two Dons' "Funny Honey" is one of the closest facsimiles of the Everly Brothers you'll hear, its guitar rhythms pinched from the Everlys' "Claudette." There are too many teen idol tunes from Donnie Owens here (eight in all), but that's probably because he was the only artist on the set to get a big hit during the time; his "Need You" peaked at number 25 in 1958. ~ Richie Unterberger

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