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This review is from: Rumble: Best Of Link Wray (Audio CD)
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.