Sunday, March 25, 2007

Rumble! The Best of Link Wray

I wanted to play something that didn't sound like Chet Atkins - Link Wray

Link Wray - the other guitar hero of the 50's. Where Chet Atkins stood for dedication, professionalism, musicianship, Link was raw power, the grit, the attitude. There isn't much I can say about him besides recycling the old cliches - Rumble is the only instrumental banned from radio play for being "suggestive of delinquency" and it's also the most memorable tune from Pulp Fiction that somehow did not get onto the soundtrack album; Link's guitar sounds that way because he punched holes in the amp speaker; his singing sounds that way because he's only got one lung; Link is an "inventor of the power chord" and godfather of the 60s noise-mongerers like Pete Townshend...

Link is the first person to show that noise can be music and vice versa, and a reminder to us all that there is no wrong or right way to do things: if the only way to get that sound is to string your guitar with a barbed wire and strum it with a tin can top, then that's what you got to do - even though Chet Atkins wouldn't approve.

Rumble! The Best of Link Wray
REUP: 220VBR, 82 mb
1. Rumble
2. The Swag
3. Raw-Hide
4. Dixie-Doodle
5. Ramble
6. Ain't That Lovin' You Babe
7. Jack the Ripper
8. The Black Widow
9. Big City After Dark
10. Run Chicken Run
11. The Shadow Knows
12. Deuces Wild
13. Hang On
14. Ace of Spades
15. I'm Branded
16. Batman Theme
17. Hidden Charms
18. Climbing a High Wall
19. Switchblade
20. Jack the Ripper [live]


  1. Thank you very much!

  2. I've been looking for some wray
    in better quality. for some time acctually!
    Really greatful.
    keep up the good work

  3. Thanks so much for posting this! A true guitar God this man was.

  4. is it possible to upload these on rapidshare...megaupload is a banned (blocked) site in my country...would love to hear these!! Thanks!

  5. hey....been scouring the web looking to download this....nothin coming up at all! and it's not on itunes! would it be possible for you to re-up this to something other than megaupload?



  6. Thanks man. Great to hear this stuff again. hotrodmike