Link Wray Download
Sep 25, 1974Record Plant (Sausalito, CA)
Link Wray Download
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Total Length:
52:59
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Link Wray Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1I Got To Ramble07:51
  2. 2Backwoods Preacher Man03:11
  3. 3Unchain My Heart05:13
  4. 4You Walk By08:29
  5. 5Jack The Ripper04:13
  6. 6Rumble03:08
  7. 7It Was A Bad Scene04:34
  8. 8Good Time Joe04:44
  9. 9Walkin' Bulldog03:51
  10. 10She's That Kind Of Woman07:45
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Item Number:
  • 20052650-4123-AD
Date:
  • Sep 25, 1974
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Sample this concert
  1. 1I Got To Ramble07:51
  2. 2Backwoods Preacher Man03:11
  3. 3Unchain My Heart05:13
  4. 4You Walk By08:29
  5. 5Jack The Ripper04:13
  6. 6Rumble03:08
  7. 7It Was A Bad Scene04:34
  8. 8Good Time Joe04:44
  9. 9Walkin' Bulldog03:51
  10. 10She's That Kind Of Woman07:45
Total Length:
52:59
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Les Lizama - bass; David Weber - drums; Link Wray - guitar, vocals

This recording from the KSAN-FM "Live At The Record Plant" series captures guitar legend Link Wray with the power trio lineup that he toured with in the mid-1970s. Best known for his three-chord instrumental rockers from the 1950s such as "Rumble" and "Rawhide," Wray had been through a long and winding career that included rockabilly, country, and classic rock 'n' roll.

After a stint in the Korean War where he lost the use of one lung, he began making records for indie labels in the '50s. It was decided he would focus on guitar playing and he let his brother Vern do the singing for his back-up band, the Wray Men. Though his songs were gritty and often left of center (as compared to what was on the charts at that time), he soon gained a reputation as one of the brightest in a class of hot rocker guitar heroes. It would be a class that also included Duane Eddy, among others.

In the end, he would be known for essentially creating the concept of the power chord. Rock superstars such as the Who's Pete Townsend and Zeppelin's Jimmy Page have both credited Wray with being their main inspiration, and the basis from which they built their riff-oriented rock personas. By the time guitar instrumentals changed courses and moved into surf music in the early 1960s with Dick Dale and the Ventures, Wray and his music had gone out of fashion. While Wray fell out of the spotlight, he continued to perform as a regional touring act until the mid-1970s, when he formed a new power trio and began recording new material.

Wray did this in-studio live broadcast in an effort to remind music fans of his music and its legacy, as well as reach out to new fans, many of whom were not even born when Link Wray cut his early sides for labels such as Swan and Cadence, in the late 1950s and early '60s.

Some of the material in this show works really well. The show comes alive when Wray and the band launch into a version of Ray Charles' "Unchain My Heat," and the raunch of "Rumble" sounds as good today as it did decades ago. Other highlights include "Backwoods Preacher Man," "It Was A Bad Scene," and "Good Time Joe." Between 1977 and 1979, Wray formed an alliance with rockabilly vocalist Robert Gordon. The two men recorded and toured together, and released Gordon's initial two albums, both of which went gold. In the 1990s, he moved to Copenhagen where he married and continued to write and record. Sadly, he died in November of 2005. Every time you hear a gritty and raunchy E power cord on a Who, Stones, or even a Metallica record, you should think of Link Wray and thank him for his contribution to modern rock 'n' roll.

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