Slinky! The Epic Sessions, 1958-1961

Slinky! The Epic Sessions, 1958-1961

by Link Wray & His Wraymen
     
 
While there was a 20-track 1992 compilation devoted to Wray's Epic work (Walkin' With Link), this two-CD, 46-song set more than doubles the volume. It not only sweeps up some stray previously released cuts that eluded the previous album, but also adds 17 previously unissued outtakes, demos, and alternates, along with rare singles by the Ponies, Doug Wray, and

Overview

While there was a 20-track 1992 compilation devoted to Wray's Epic work (Walkin' With Link), this two-CD, 46-song set more than doubles the volume. It not only sweeps up some stray previously released cuts that eluded the previous album, but also adds 17 previously unissued outtakes, demos, and alternates, along with rare singles by the Ponies, Doug Wray, and Bert & Ray, on which Link played. Wray's Epic output was not quite his peak; the slightly later period covered by Norton's Mr. Guitar anthology was more outstanding. Still, there's some fine string bending and distortion to be heard on these discs, though it doesn't contain the original hit version of "Rumble" (which was issued on Cadence, not Epic). If there are flaws, these are mostly relative. Wray doesn't get as unhinged as he did on his wildest sessions, and some of the cuts are samey sounding, routine instrumental workouts that get closer to Duane Eddy than was his usual wont. Still, you get some mighty cool ingeniously devious rockers like "Raw-Hide," "Walkin' With Link" (which explodes into the "Rumble" riff at the end), and "Comanche," while his occasional vocal workouts, like "Oh Babe Be Mine" and "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby," are some of the most sandpaper textured early rock & roll singing to be heard. There are also some weird detours into south of the border Tex-Mexisms on "Tijuana" (with a flute solo), "El Toro" (with mariachi horns), "Guitar Cha-Cha," and "Rumble Mambo," all of which sound like soundtracks to bullfights in which the matadors brandish switchblades and wear leather jackets. Some of the previously unreleased outtakes also brandish an odd sort of lounge sleaze ("Kiki" has a cheesy burlesque wah-wahing horn that has to be heard to be believed), while the hitherto unavailable "Moonlight Love" is a surprisingly effective sort of raw Henry Mancini-meets-untutored-Duane Eddy ballad with strings.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771109828
catalogNumber:
11098
Rank:
112772

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Slinky
  2. Mary Ann
  3. Right Turn
  4. Raw-Hide
  5. Ramble
  6. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
  7. Caroline
  8. Studio Blues
  9. Walkin' With Link
  10. Dixie-Doodle
  11. Radar
  12. Oh Babe Be Mine
  13. Lillian
  14. Comanche
  15. Dance Contest
  16. Guitar Cha-Cha
  17. Rumble Mambo
  18. El Toro
  19. Comanche
  20. Right Turn
  21. Lillian
  22. Kiki
  23. Moonlight Love

Disc 2

  1. Hand Clapper
  2. Mary Ann
  3. Golden Strings (Based on the Chopin Etude)
  4. New Studio Blues
  5. Rendezvous
  6. Trail of the Lonesome Pine
  7. Ramble
  8. Slinky
  9. Walkin' With Link
  10. Young and in Love
  11. Stupid Pony
  12. Goose Bumps
  13. School Girl
  14. Night Life
  15. Slow Drag
  16. New Studio Blues
  17. Golden Strings (Based on a Chopin Etude)
  18. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
  19. If This Is Wrong
  20. Oh Babe Be Mine
  21. Radar
  22. Tijuana
  23. Tenderly

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