Written by GE 138.
The flogging of a dead horse continues unabated, with one of the latest victims being Link Wray, and this repackaging of a rehashed release is pretty disgusting. The innovative, groundbreaking guitarist, who passed away in 2005, is credited with inventing the power chord, distortion on guitars, Heavy Metal, Punk, Thrash, you name it. Pete Townshend once said he wouldn't of picked up a guitar if it wasn't for Link Wray, who besides being an innovative guitarist, he was also a gifted songwriter who wrote the epic songs Rumble, Jack The Ripper, Rawhide, Apache, the list goes on and on. His recorded output is the stuff of Legend. From the 50's to the end of his life he was always a killer live performer, and his reputation and legacy was built on that fact. He's on the ballot to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year, which is a travesty considering he isn't even in it but Madonna is? Yeah right. Fuck the RARHOF. Anywhos, this release is nothing more but an unashamed repackaging of something that originally came out in the 90's I believe, with all the stage talk and between song banter cut out in order to squeeze in more songs that weren't on the original release and that probably should of stayed unreleased for various audio glitches and problems throughout their performances. Meh. I guess it wouldn't be that bad if you didn't already have this release, in it's original unedited form, because the audio quality on this release is killer, pro soundboard recording made during Link Wray's 1996 UK tour, and Mr. Wray is just killing it on every song played, and it wouldn't be that bad if the family was getting some of the dosh made from this, but I'm almost positive they're not, again, which is sad. Buyer beware on this release. Look for the original release - it's much better.
Shamelessly released by Not Now Music, and you can grab it from their website by clicking here. Also available from Amazon by clicking here. NOT available on iTunes in any way, shape or form...
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