And I also want to thank my long lost buddy, Pete Hoffman for lending that beautiful record to me back then. Thanks, Pete. I recently purchased this album and haven't stopped listening to it! One of the most under rated and unkown albums of all time! Can't imagine why this album doesn't get more attention. I really wish I had found this earlier. This is a really great album from start to finish. Very different from Link Wray's other work. Get it! This copy was reissued by Future Days Recordings on green translucent vinyl in Many have attributed his use of power chords as the planted seeds for punk and heavy metal music.
This album is spotty and rather hippy-dippy. But there is some fun to be had here. Interestingly enough, Link Wray actually covered the Bob Dylan song in For more music reviews follow me on Instagram: acemncometh.
Images in this review. This album was issued in , and it's my understanding that this is one of the first, if not the first, records Link Wray made in his legendary 3-track "Chicken Shack" studio. The album has a rough, homemade feel to it which, most of the time, suits the material quite well.
There is no polish to this album, and none needed. It's not a guitar album, though it does have some enjoyable guitar moments. It presents a totally different sound than Link's early recordings. This was a comeback album after several years of absence from recording and clearly Wray is trying for a 70s groove, not the early 60s guitar work for which he's primarily known. I've read criticisms of Link's vocals on this album, but I disagree.
I think his singing is strong, though not pretty, I agree. At times it's wonderfully soulful. The singing style is varied, toothough the album notes credit only Link Wray for lead vocals, it sure sounds like there are one or two other people singing lead at times. I'd have to do some research to see if that's true or just my imagination. Side One is a little weak. If the whole album sounded like this, I'd be hard pressed to give it more than three stars.
So it becomes more like a Van Morrison dirge no insult intended , which is to say, that it is very sing-song and repetitive, relying upon the sheer weight and grit of the vocals to carry it. Wray is no Levon Helm or Van Morrison, but at times he has even more soul.
Not on this track, though. The background singing on the track detracts from the overall feel. This song doesn't benefit from the "Ray Charles" treatment.
Ray's vocals are so powerful and perfect that they transcend the sappiness of the cheesy background vocals he employed for many years. Link's vocals on this one don't measure up to his own standard, let alone Ray's. The repetitive beat and weak piano work don't help things any. Again, I think of how much better the Band would have done this song.
The soulfulness that was missing from Juke Box Mama is present here. Unfortunately, it's not his best effort. The sappy background vocals and weak lead singing rob the song of any potential impact. Side two is far stronger than side one in both song writing and performance. Wray wrote four of the six tracks on side two. Chugging beat. Female harmony has been added making it kind of folky, but little bits of guitar shimmer here and there and a nice fuzz solo.
Probably my least favorite of this side because the rhythm and chord sequence are just too simple and repetitive for my taste. Stay informed and spot emerging risks and opportunities with independent global reporting, expert commentary and analysis you can trust. Sign in. Accessibility help Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer. Become an FT subscriber Make informed decisions with the FT Keep abreast of significant corporate, financial and political developments around the world.
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In , he played on four songs of the album Chatterton by French rocker Alain Bashung. In November , Easy Eye Records announced the release of two recently discovered recordings,"Son of Rumble," presumably a follow-up to 's "Rumble," and "Whole Lotta Talking," recorded in The recordings were issued as a 45 RPM single in April Wray relocated to Denmark in the early s.
Wray died of heart failure at his home in Copenhagen , on November 5, , at the age of Iggy Pop cited Wray as an influence,  as did Neil Young.
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