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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 CD (30 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000003308
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rumble
2. The Swag
3. Raw-hide
4. Dixie-doodle
5. Rumble
6. Ain't That Loving You Baby
7. Jack The Ripper
8. The Black Widow
9. Big City After Dark
10. Run Chicken Run
11. The Shadow Knows
12. Deuces Wild
13. Hang On
14. Ace Of Spades
15. I'm Branded
16. Batman Theme
17. Climbing A High Wall
18. Switchblade
19. Hidden Charms
20. Jack The Ripper ( Live Version)

Product Description

20 tracks that take you across the many labels and years traversed by this idiosyncratic innovator of the rock 'n' roll guitar! His three biggest hits- Rumble; Raw-Hide , and Jack the Ripper -join Dixie-Doodle; Ramble; Run Chicken Run; Deuces Wild; Hang On; Ace of Spades; Batman Theme , and more.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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
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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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14 of 15 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Mar 2010
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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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