Link Wray ahd His Ray Men ~ 1963 ~ Jack The Ripper
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Fuzz Acid & Flowers: Born in North Carolina in 1929, Link Wray is a guitarist and singer of Shawnee origin. He lost a lung during the Korea War and began playing guitar in the fifties. With the help of his brothers Vernon (aka Ray Vernon) and Doug, he formed Link Wray and His Ray-Men in 1958 and released two successful singles, Rumbleand Rawhide. In the early sixties he was one of the very first to test the fuzztone pedal and recorded several wild instrumental tracks who would be influential on many young guitarists. Always dressd in black, he also backed Bunker Hill on the frantic The Girl Can't Dance. He stopped recording between 1964 and 1970 and came back with an album recorded in his own studio, the Wray's Shack Three Track, build in Accokeek, Maryland. Link Wray is an interesting low-key effort which should interest fans of the Band at it sounds very sincere and rural, with mainly original material penned by Wray and Verroca plus a good cover of Willie Dixon's Tail Dragger. The next album is even better, with several acoustic tracks full of dobro and guitars combined with healthy boogie tunes (I'm So Glad) and indian influences and is really recommended. During the same period, Wray also produced the only album by Eggs Over Easy and one by Vernon Wray. Steve Verroca moved to England where he produced Brinsley Schwartz and Kevin Coyne. Also known as Bobby "The Kid" Howard with The British Walkers, Mordicai Jones released a solo album.
The next album was recorded in San Francisco with Jerry Garcia, Peter Kaukonen, Commander Cody, Greg Douglass (Country Weather), John McFee (Clover) and was produced by another Indian, Thomas Jefferson Kaye (White Cloud). With his background vocals and horn & string sections, it's not as good as the previous albums but nonetheless contains some good tracks (Walk Easy, Walk Slow, Morning and the title track). The last album released in the time frame of this book benefited from long liner notes by Pete Townshend who always acknowledged the huge influence of Wrayon his guitar work. Produced by Bruce Steinberg and Skip Drinkwater, two blues producers, it's more rock oriented and contains one track dedicated to Duane Allman and a remake of his old hit Rumble. It was recorded with the support of Boz Scaggs, Bernie Krause (Beaver and Krause) and Pete Escovedo (Santana). Wray kept on recording during the seventies and early eighties and also supported Robert Gordon on his first albums, his guitar work still being really interesting and often very violent. Interested readers should check the sound quality of the various live recordings released by various European labels, as it's often very poor. ~ (Stephane Rebeschini)
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