Link Wray (die cut)
Media Condition: VG
Sleeve Condition: VG
Genre: Rock, Blues
Notes: Rare die cut Unipak cover with the front side specially cut following Link Wray's profile.
If you like: guitar, you must listen to Link Wray.
About: Link Wray may never get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but his contribution to the language of rockin’ guitar would still be a major one, even if he had never walked into another studio after cutting “Rumble”. Quite simply, Link Wray invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists. Listen to any of the tracks he recorded between that landmark instrumental in 1958 through his Swan recordings in the early ‘60s and you'll hear the blueprints for heavy metal, thrash, you name it. Though rock historians always like to draw a nice, clean line between the distorted electric guitar work that fuels early blues records to the late-60’s Hendrix-Clapton-Beck-Page-Townshend mob, with no stops in between, a quick spin of any of the sides Wray recorded during his golden decade punches holes in that theory right quick. If a direct line can be traced forward from black blues musicians crankin’ up their amps and playing with a ton of violence and aggression to young white guys doing a mutated form of same, the line points straight to Link Wray, no contest. Pete Townshend summed it up for more guitarists than he probably realized when he said, “He is the king; if it hadn't been for Link Wray and ‘Rumble’, I would have never picked up a guitar.”*via Cub Koda & Steve Leggett, Rovi
Why it’s worth your time: I don’t think I have to elaborate here. Shortly, Link Wray is essential listening and this here is a special copy that will certainly be hard to let go of.
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