Each year between 2004 and 2010 guitarist Duane Eddy, rock 'n' roll's all-time best selling instrumentalist, released an original Christmas song, which was posted on the web for fans to download for free. These songs were never released on CD.
The original posting site has long since disappeared so I thought it was time to give people another chance to hear his first offering from '04. The link to Early Christmas follows.
As you can hear it's just Duane and electronically-generated accompaniment. It sounds OK and his guitar tone is as deep and warm as it has always been. But I think Early Christmas is a tune that cries for a full band treatment, as do some of his other Christmas songs, released only as MP3s. It's a shame that Duane has never done a Christmas album, but I guess there's still hope as he's still very active at age 74. There -- that's my Christmas wish.
To keep up to date with his appearances and recordings, check the Duane Eddy Circle website and perhaps consider joining this long-running fan group.
Duane toured the U.K. this past spring to promote his album Road Trip (recorded in Sheffield, England). Here's a clip from his show at the Cheese and Grain in Frome, Somerset, on May 24.