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Rumble! The Best of Link Wray

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20 tracks that take you across the many labels and years traversed by this idiosyncratic innovator of the rock 'n' roll guitar! His three biggest hits- Rumble; Raw-Hide , and Jack the Ripper -join Dixie-Doodle; Ramble; Run Chicken Run; Deuces Wild; Hang On; Ace of Spades; Batman Theme , and more.


1. Rumble
2. The Swag
3. Raw-hide
4. Dixie-doodle
5. Rumble
6. Ain't That Loving You Baby
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. Climbing A High Wall
18. Switchblade
19. Hidden Charms
20. Jack The Ripper ( Live Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: May 18, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000003308
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on June 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In January 1959, radio stations nationwide banned a certain instrumental song due to fears (unjustified, of course) that it would incite teen violence due to the title, which was slang for fighting. That song was "Rumble" by guitar instrumentalist Link Wray. The song, highlighted by Wray's snarling surfer fuzztone guitar licks, set to a menacingly slow bluesy tempo, kind of like a leisurely swagger. It had enough of an impact that when Wray and his band appeared on American Bandstand, Dick Clark introduced the band without mentioning the song title. "Rumble" ended up being Wray's highest charting hit, reaching #16.

The flipside was the bluesy/rockabilly "Swagger" which is a reminder that like Bill Haley, Wray started out in country/western before his rock career, as there are undertones to that style. As for the A-side, Wray followed up "Rumble" with the near equally-sounding "Ramble" (note the vowel change).

Inspired by the TV series of the same name, the upbeat "Raw-Hide" sports a cool surfer type guitar set to a blues beat, proof enough that Wray was the forerunner of hard blues which led to George Thorogood and "Bad To The Bone." This was their second and last Top 40 hit, peaking at #23, though I would've easily put it in the Top Ten. Speaking of blues, Wray actually sings on his cover of Jimmy Reed's "Ain't That Lovin' You Babe," and the distinctive raspy voice and occasional wheezes is due to the loss of a lung to TB during the Korean War. "Big City After Dark" is electrified surf blues at Wray's best.

The live medley "Dixie Doodle" is one part "Dixie," another part "Yankee Doodle Dandy." The first part of the song is definitely not PC today, but at least he gives both songs equal time verse-wise.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Violet Porter on March 23, 2002
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A few years back, a friend made me a mix tape that opened with Dick Dale's "Nitro" & went on to include Link Wray's "Rumble" along with some Satan's Pilgrims and other surf. Recently, I was looking up some Dick Dale and came upon Link Wray again. I remembered being spellbound listening to "Rumble" open the Blow soundtrack. It was one of the great jazz musicians who once said that anyone can make things complicated- that's easy- but to make things elegantly simple... now that takes true talent. The whole record is filled with progressions that sound so simple you're thinking how can it sound that incredible? How did he think of that? The music's raw and driving. It reminds me of the Makers on their earlier records like Howl & Hunger. Sometimes when I buy records from decades past, I find that some of the songs meander beyond the realms of my taste. Like on the Ventures in Space album where "War of the Satellites" & "Out of Limits" shine brightly but the rest is less stunning. Not so on the Link Wray record. Every song makes sure you're insulated from disappointment. You'll feel like your car broke down in the Ozarks and you walked into this trashy dive where a shadowy band is playing this distorted, raspy, exhalting music with everything they've got. You'll feel like the luckiest person alive.
This record's also got comprehensive liner notes.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By TimothyFarrell22 on November 20, 2004
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Link pounds out raw and crude rockabilly rock 'n' roll tunes like none other. I'm surprised he isn't considered one of rock 'n' roll's greatest guitarists. He is certainly one of the most influential, and is the father of the power chord. The songs are perfect for a gang stroll, and remind me of the countless AIP juvenile delinquency schlockers that were so popular in the late 50's and early 60's. Better than the Stones when it comes to primal rock 'n' roll.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1999
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Link Wray lost a lung to TB in Korea, and his doctor told him to go light on the singing. As a result, he became one of the first real guitar stylists of rcok & roll; and, for my money, the greatest. While everyone else in R&R at the time was trying to get as clean of a sound as possible, Wray was poking holes in his amp with a pen and getting that truely nasty fuzztone. And he was strumming dissonant power chords while the Ray Men raced along at twice his tempo; then he would start playing fast. This is oversimplification, or maybe overcomplication, of one of the most fascinating sounds ever produced by a rock & roll guitarist. It's well represented in this, the most consistent of the Wray discs out there. But if you're like me, you'll need more!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Wild on December 31, 2003
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I can remember "The Hound" on WKBW Buffalo opening his show with Rumble when it first came out and playing it six or eight times throughout his program. We budding guitar players fell in love with Link immediately and quickly added a shaky version of Rumble to our bag. If you're a hard core Link Wray fan you'd want at least the Epic sessions along with this CD. But if you have to own just one Link Wray CD this is the one! A great overview of his work. There was nobody like him. Way,way ahead of his time is putting it mildly! Great stuff!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sam on January 12, 2001
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Some words to describle Link Wray's guitar: Dirty, nasty, crude, rude, gritty, mean, snarly, growly, and oh yeah, genius.
One of the innovators of the surfy-garage rock sound Link Wray is everything rock & roll is meant to be, loud fast, and out of control...
Buy this find out why Link rocks better than anyone today.
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