Rumble! The Best of Link Wray

Rumble! The Best of Link Wray

by Link Wray
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Rumble! The Best of Link Wray

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/1993
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227122225
catalogNumber: 71222
Rank: 5686

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
Richard Gottehrer   Producer
Ray Vernon   Producer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Coop   Illustrations
Tom Licari   Cover Hand Tinting

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Rumble! The Best of Link Wray 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
PageyGirl More than 1 year ago
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.