Guitar Ace: A Tribute to Link Wray

Guitar Ace: A Tribute to Link Wray

     
 
This long overdue homage to Link Wray, inventor of the power chord, gets it right. 24 scrappy garage,surf, and punk artists from across the globe contribute versions of popular and obscure Link Wray nuggets, proving that his music transcends cultures, ages, genres, and trends. With a sufficiently primitive approach and more vocals than you might expect from someone

Overview

This long overdue homage to Link Wray, inventor of the power chord, gets it right. 24 scrappy garage,surf, and punk artists from across the globe contribute versions of popular and obscure Link Wray nuggets, proving that his music transcends cultures, ages, genres, and trends. With a sufficiently primitive approach and more vocals than you might expect from someone best-known for his instrumentals, ringers like The Fleshtones (blitzing though a minute-and-45-second, raucous beach party rave-up of "Soul Train"), Southern Culture on the Skids (grinding out "I'm Branded" with lo-fi raw power) and Calexico (the lovely "Fallin' Rain" is this album's least-frantic cut) rub elbows with lesser-known yet talented bands; all of whom deftly capture Wray's eclectic musical personas. From the reverbed, spaghetti western twang of The Hellbenders "The Outlaw," The Space Cossacks "Mustang," and Boston's Four Piece Suit "Roughshod," to variations on the "Rumble" theme courtesy of an international crew featuring Belgium's Fifty Foot Combo ("Slinky"), Finland's The Downers ("Genocide"), and the Scandinavian ad-hoc group Spy-Fi ("The Shadow Knows"), Guitar Ace leaves few Wray guns holstered. Excursions into surf (San Francisco's Pollo Del Mar's frantic "Jack the Ripper") country (Deke Dickerson & The Eco-Fonics finds his inner Ricky Nelson on "Run Boy Run"), and poppy garage rock (The Gore Gore Girls run "Baby Doll" through the Shangri-Las' tough but tender wringer) show how Wray was far from a one-chord pony. A solo acoustic rendition of "Ace of Spades" from guitarist David Wronski even captures Wray's spooky power in an unplugged setting. By the time "Rumble" rumbles around -- a full 23 tracks into the album -- Croatia-based The Bambi Molesters' surf-heavy version seems nearly anti-climactic. Meticulous liner notes from Gregory Nicoll, an expert on the early history of rock & roll guitar, summarize and organize Wray's confusing career and label affiliations. Detailed track-by-track song capsules review the specifics of both the original version and this album's cover. The only element missing is the lack of specific personnel information. Regardless, this is a rousing, provoking, and successful tribute that not only sheds light on its subject's catalog, but spotlights international bands infused with and inspired by Link Wray's unique vibe.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
Label:
Musick Recordings
UPC:
0612645002020
catalogNumber:
20

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dick Dale   Guitar
Peter Zaremba   Vocals
Joey Burns   Vocals
David Sholl   Saxophone
Keith Streng   Guitar
Dusty Watson   Drums
David Wronski   Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Turner   Bass
Deke Dickerson   Guitar,Vocals
Milton Reder   Guitar
Ferenc Dobronyi   Guitar
Nick Contento   Keyboards
Evan Foster   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Chris Flanagan   Guitar
Gregg Rollie   Keyboards
Ivan Pongracic   Guitar
Doug Hoekstra   Drums
Lada Furlan Zaborac   Bass
Dalibor Pavicic   Guitar
Bas Albers   DJ
Dan R. Hall   Drums
Gerard Janssen   DJ
Bob Merkt   Guitar,Vocals
Phantom Frank   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jason Reavis   Drums
Jeremy Rexford   Drums
Jono Jones   Guitar
Richard Mills   Guitar,Narrator

Technical Credits

Jimmy Reed   Composer
Pete Townshend   Quotes Researched & Compiled
Link Wray   Composer
Steve Verroca   Composer
Mark Cooper   Composer
Reggie Ige   Cover Photo
Marc Marnie   Tray Photo
Art Bourasseau   Producer
F. L. Wray   Composer

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