Rumble! The Best of Link Wray

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Finally, a multi-label Link Wray collection spanning his lengthy career is available. Starting, appropriately enough, with "Rumble," Rumble! The Best of Link Wray illustrates through its 20 tracks that Wray was indeed one of the pioneering guitarists of rock & roll, expanding the sonic possibilities of the instrument with a variety of effects. All of the tracks feature some truly warped, genius-caliber fretboard work from Wray, and a few also feature his equally demented vocals. Rumble! The Best of Link Wray is the definitive Wray collection.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Finally, a multi-label Link Wray collection spanning his lengthy career is available. Starting, appropriately enough, with "Rumble," Rumble! The Best of Link Wray illustrates through its 20 tracks that Wray was indeed one of the pioneering guitarists of rock & roll, expanding the sonic possibilities of the instrument with a variety of effects. All of the tracks feature some truly warped, genius-caliber fretboard work from Wray, and a few also feature his equally demented vocals. Rumble! The Best of Link Wray is the definitive Wray collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1993
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227122225
  • Catalog Number: 71222
  • Sales rank: 21,910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rumble (2:26)
  2. 2 The Swag (2:21)
  3. 3 Raw-Hide (2:06)
  4. 4 Dixie-Doodle (2:10)
  5. 5 Ramble (2:15)
  6. 6 Ain't That Lovin' You Babe (2:47)
  7. 7 Jack the Ripper (2:22)
  8. 8 The Black Widow (1:52)
  9. 9 Big City After Dark (2:53)
  10. 10 Run Chicken Run (1:57)
  11. 11 The Shadow Knows (2:27)
  12. 12 Deuces Wild (2:24)
  13. 13 Hang On (2:27)
  14. 14 Ace of Spades (2:22)
  15. 15 I'm Branded (2:04)
  16. 16 Batman Theme (2:00)
  17. 17 Hidden Charms (2:41)
  18. 18 Climbing a High Wall (4:01)
  19. 19 Switchblade (3:13)
  20. 20 Jack the Ripper (4:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Link Wray Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
John Greaves Bass
Rob Stoner Bass
Vernon Wray Piano, Rhythm Guitar
Charlie Charles Drums
Billy Cross Rhythm Guitar
Ed Cynar Bass
Richard Gottehrer Piano
Shorty Horton Bass
Bob Howard Organ, Vocals
Jack VanHorn Rhythm Guitar
Doug Wray Drums
Evelyn Wray Tambourine
Howie Wyeth Drums
Chuck Bennett Organ, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Cub Koda Liner Notes
Link Wray Producer
Chuck Sagle Producer
James Austin Producer
Bob Fisher Remastering
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Ray Vernon Producer
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Coop Illustrations
Tom Licari Cover Hand Tinting
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Link Wray's Rumble

    My purchase of this CD was simply due to hearing Jimmy Page refer to Wray in an interview. After listening to the CD, it's clear why Page, Beck, Townsend and others have referred to Wray as one of their earliest influences.

    Listen to the descending riff in the beginning of the title track and Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" immediately comes to mind. Wray's signature distorted guitar sound is especially evident on "Big City After Dark" and "Climbing a High Wall". Wray's rockabilly influence is evident on every track but particularly on "Black Widow" and "Switchblade" which conjur that menacing swagger this music evokes.

    Wray's voice takes some getting used to but after a few listens you realize that it's perfect fit to his music.

    All in all this is a good listen, if for nothing more than to hear what some of the greatest guitarists were listening to before they were great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Link Wray at his best!

    Link Wray is the man! Well, I think his early stuff is the best anyways!!! Dixie-Doodle is an amazing song for his time!!! A little Rumble is great as well! You can't go wrong with one of the innovators of guitar distortion!!!

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