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Link Wray may never get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but his contribution to the language of rockin' guitar would still be a major one, even if he had never walked into another studio after cutting "Rumble." Quite simply, Link Wray invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists. Listen to any of the tracks he recorded between that landmark ... Read more in Amazon's Link Wray Store

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  • Audio Cassette (18 May 1993)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EVMJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

1. Rumble
2. Swag
3. Raw-Hide
4. Dixie-Doodle
5. Ramble
6. Ain't That Lovin' You Babe
7. Jack the Ripper
8. Black Widow
9. Big City After Dark
10. Run Chicken Run
11. Shadow Knows
12. Deuces Wild
13. Hang On
14. Ace of Spades
15. I'm Branded
16. Batman Theme
17. Hidden Charms
18. Climbing a High Wall
19. Switchblade
20. Jack the Ripper [Live]

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you think that electric guitar didn't become freaky until the Hendrix generation, you haven't heard Link Wray. Half breed Wray broke through with his instrumental 'Rumble' in the late 1950s, inspired by a fight he witnessed at a gig. This and several other recordings reveal some heavy powerchording was going on, though the state of technology at the time meant the effect was lighter. Wray, though, moved on to other experiments such as 'Big City After Dark' when he starts off sounding as if he's garotting his guitar. And it was only 1962. He went wild on the pulsing 'Jack The Ripper', while 1964's 'Deuces Wild' saw him getting heavy again. Interestingly, in the late 1960s, Wray was sounding more like more like so-called garage punk bands, judging by what's on offer here. 1970's 'Climbing A High Wall' is brilliant, one of the few songs on this disc, a swirling, abrasive piece of aural barbed wire that freaks out. By this time, Wray was knocking on 40. He doesn't sound the most gifted guitarist but he blows hot all the time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jack firestorm "jazz " on 3 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
link wray paved the way for many a budding hero in the sixties,jimmy page&
pete townshend have admitted they would not have ever picked up a guitar
had it not been for link wray.in the fifties there were no guitar multi-
-effects boxes ,so link drilled holes in his speaker to get extra sounds
like a phaser effect,as the echo boxes were limited he used to stand @ the top of a spiral staircase of a hotel & record classics like"jack the
ripper".he had a style of using a combination of power-chords & twangy riffs.all of the best tracks of his are here,"ace of spades" "rumble"
"the swag" etc.i have an old black & white video of him from the fifties
playing a daneletro "longhorn" guitar thrashing out "rumble" for all hes
worth! and incidentally,you can buy a replica of the danelectro longhorn
on amazon! you can be sure if you watch the movies some film is using link
wray on its soundtrack,cool with a capital C.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Who is Link Wray I hear you ask? Well, he is the criminally unsung forefather of such rock guitar legends such as Jimi Hendrix. Back in the late fifties Wray was exploring the limits of the sounds he could achieve with his guitar by a variety of inventive means. For example, pushing pencil holes in the speaker cones to give a fuzzy sound. It is his experimentation that paved the way for the fireworks of Hendrix' performances.

This 1993 set contains original recordings of 20 rockers, all fast, furious and inventive. There is the breakthrough single `Rumble', the creepy `The Shadow Knows' and a great version of the Batman theme. Most of them are instrumentals, with the occasional vocal thrown in.

The sound remastering is OK, and there are some decent liner notes. This is a good effort form Rhino.

Thoroughly enjoyable, will be of interest to any fans of guitar driven Rock'n'Roll.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ola on 19 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
I first stumbled across Link Wray's "Rumble" just a few years ago via a sound track from some Quentin Tarantino movie and thought: "What's this?" You see, in the past, I never rated anything that had to do with the fifties. Link Wray played the "right music" at the "wrong time" and must be one of the most influential guitar players of all times. I was "shell shocked" when I bought this album. The "missing link" is probably a worn phrase but appropriate. Having loved Led Zeppelins early albums, I know know where Jimmy Page got the sound from. Link Wray paved the way for "hard rock" and "heavy metal". There is great stuff here: Rumble, The Black Widow, Big City After Dark, Deuces Wild, The Shadow Knows, Ace of Spades and Jack the Ripper (The live version is excellent) All stood the test of times.
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By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 April 2015
Format: Audio CD
Link Wray broke the rules, pushed the envelope, and any other words to that effect. He wasn't the first to have conjured up such evil sounds out of a plugged in guitar; the odd blues guy had done it but probably more by accident than design - stove-in speaker cone or faulty amp or something; but Link was the first to have created an oeuvre out of it. And he did moody and menacing even better than some of the more loved Duane Eddy B sides.

On this set we get Link almost from the beginning i.e. starting with the unforgettable title track from '58 through to, I think, '76 with a live take of "Jack the Ripper", and there's a lot of mighty fine stuff in-between spread across several labels, Cadence, Epic, Swan, Vermilion and Rumble Records (the label set up by Link himself plus brother Vern). The bulk of the album is from the early sixties, his best period and much of the stuff here is from singles plus a few album tracks.

There are a three vocal tracks, two of which are strongly blues or blues based: a positively lascivious version of Jimmy Reed's "Ain't that lovin' you baby", plus the Willie Dixon penned "Hidden Charms". The original of the last named was from the great Howlin' Wolf" and it's one of his lighter ones with great axework from Hubert Sumlin. In Link's hands the song is almost unrecognisable; the charm of the original has been replaced by a way harder and near threatening tone - a garage classic.

Unlike some, in his early years, Link didn't tend to wear his rootsy influences on his sleeve although he did reach back to them on some seventies releases. However he was soaked in country - he'd been playing it before moving to more adventurous stuff - and the two covers above confirm that he'd also listened to a fair amount of blues.
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