Link Wray

Mr. Guitar

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While Link cut some great records in the late '50s and early '60s, he really reached his peak during his stay with the Swan label in the early and mid-'60s. This double-CD, 63-song set documents this period with as much thoroughness as anyone is likely to attempt, including great singles like "Jack The Ripper," "Mr. Guitar," "Ace Of Spades," and "The Fat Back," where Link let loose with his dirtiest and most groundbreaking fuzz tones. Including quite a few rarities and tracks that were never previously released in the U.S., as well as a good number of vocal performances (which were never Wray's forte), this is perhaps too exhaustive for the average fan. A single-disc distillation of his best Swan sides would be absolutely killer, but this is still one of the greatest collections of instrumental rock out there, despite its unevenness.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:50
2 1:50
3 2:35
4 2:20
5 2:53
6
2:24
7
1:46
8
2:32
9 1:48
10
2:10
11
2:13
12 2:31
13 1:48
14 2:21
15
2:16
16 2:25
17 2:06
18
2:42
19 2:34
20 1:53
21 2:04
22 2:10
23 2:40
24 2:30
25 1:55
26 2:16
27 2:58
28 1:55
29 2:10
30 2:00
31 2:57
32
2:04
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