Early Recordings

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Drawn from the one LP and the dozen or so singles Link Wray recorded for Swan Records between 1963 and 1966, Early Recordings, first released in this configuration by Chiswick Records in 1978, remains the best single-disc introduction to this powerful guitar player, even though, at 32 minutes in length, it falls on the brief side. No matter. It burns like a runaway gas fire, from the ragged, surging "Batman Theme" that opens things clear through to the remake of his signature "Rumble" that closes up the sequence. This is powerful, spooky, and haunting stuff. Wray is said to have invented the power chord and to have traced the template for grunge guitar way back in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Drawn from the one LP and the dozen or so singles Link Wray recorded for Swan Records between 1963 and 1966, Early Recordings, first released in this configuration by Chiswick Records in 1978, remains the best single-disc introduction to this powerful guitar player, even though, at 32 minutes in length, it falls on the brief side. No matter. It burns like a runaway gas fire, from the ragged, surging "Batman Theme" that opens things clear through to the remake of his signature "Rumble" that closes up the sequence. This is powerful, spooky, and haunting stuff. Wray is said to have invented the power chord and to have traced the template for grunge guitar way back in the mid-'50s, but what he really is, more than anything, is the precedent for players like Jimi Hendrix, a guitarist who wanted to wring every last blast and rattle out of his amp by any means possible. Through his recording career, producers continually operated on the principle that if you could only dress him up and tone him down, Wray would break through to the masses, but like that junkyard dog continually barking at the end of his chain, Wray kept things in the bone-rattling red zone, turning out track after track of raw, primitive energy. These cuts were recorded after Wray's stint with Epic Records, which kept trying to sweeten his sound with horns and strings, and you can feel the sense of desperation, freedom, and joyous release in every second here. The lone vocal track, a cover of Willie Dixon's "Hidden Charms" by way of Howlin' Wolf, is a slice of sneering garage rock that sounds like metal fingernails on an electric chalk board for two minutes and forty five seconds. Powerful stuff, and absolutely essential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667020428
  • Catalog Number: 204
  • Sales rank: 99,998

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Batman Theme (2:01)
  2. 2 Ace of Spades (2:18)
  3. 3 Cross Ties (1:38)
  4. 4 Jack the Ripper (2:22)
  5. 5 Hidden Charms (2:45)
  6. 6 I'm Branded (2:04)
  7. 7 The Shadow Knows (2:28)
  8. 8 Fat Back (2:47)
  9. 9 Run Chicken Run (1:59)
  10. 10 Black Widow (1:54)
  11. 11 Scatter (2:28)
  12. 12 Turnpike U.S.A. (2:26)
  13. 13 Mr. Guitar (2:37)
  14. 14 Rumble (2:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Link Wray Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Joey Welz Keyboards
Vernon Wray Keyboards
Shorty Horton Bass
Doug Wray Drums
Technical Credits
Link Wray Composer
Marty Cooper Composer
Ray Topping Liner Notes
Ray Vernon Producer
Mark Cooper Composer
Phil Smee Cover Design
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