Thursday, December 20, 2012

Link Wray - Growling Guitar

Link Wray is by far one of the most influential people in rock n' roll history yet he is also one of the least recognized and known about. His music is for the most part instrumental and really focused on his guitar playing since he could not sing very much as he only had the use of one of his lungs. And being of Native American ancestry Link Wray seemed to constantly try to pay respect to his heritage either through the name of his songs or through the actual style of music he played. This was unfortunately something that many record labels and radio stations did not really approve of and one of the major reasons Link Wray never became as well known as some of the other rock n' roll pioneers of the 1950's and 1960's. Yet without a doubt he has been extremely influential especially when you consider he invented the power chord which is the basis of many styles of rock music such as metal and punk.
If you just enjoy old school rock then I really highly recommend you give this album and Link Wray a listen.

1. Climbing A High Wall
2. Genocide
3. The Earth is Crying
4. Growling Guts
5. Hungry Child
6. Ace of Spades'69
7. Ruby Baby
8. Hang On
9. Summer Dream
10. Sorrento
11. Peggy Sue
12. Alone
13. Girl From The North Country
14. You Hurt Me So
15. The Fuzz