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Eddie Angel - Plays Link Wraydotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is easily the best Link Wray tribute around, at least among those that are about reverence and recreation of the spirit and ambiance of the period and the man. All but two tracks are mono, all are well mixed and arranged, and most are quite magical. Pete Curry's production and Eddie Angel's love of Link are a natural combination. Superb!
Picks: The Black Widow, Comanche, Roughshod, Hungry, Bat Man, Rumble Mambo, Deuces Wild, The Swag, Lillian, Ace Of Spades, Slinky, Mustang, The Outlaw, Lynxtail

Track by Track Review

The Black Widow dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very period version of this song, with excellent true-blue playing and tone. Link Wray's riffy "The Black Widow" has not often been done with such reverence.

Comanche dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This song is a moderately paced nasty back ally monster, complete with the shouts of the title. It's almost as if Link Wray is in the house. Superb!

Roughshod dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Roughshod" is quite the obscuro, with great plinking piano and bold dirty sound. Even the chorus is on the money.

Hungry dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Near surf tone floats this lovely piece with a sinewy shimmer and soulful romantic feeling. "Hungry" is superbly done as if it's almost a surf instro. Simply wonderful, and very VERY cool!

Bat Man dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Neil Hefty's super-simple TV theme is done in a very basic way, with long dirty chords and a relentless pattern. The attention to period detail is remarkable.

Rumble Mambo dotdotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This is wonderful. "Rumble Mambo" is one of Link's less-covered instros. This near surf rendering rings with the truth of the original, and the sax lines are right out of a surfband. Splendid.

Deuces Wild dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

One of Link's dirtier tracks, "Deuces Wild" features great drums and very nasty guitar. You can imagine Motorhead doing it once you've heard this version. I love the drums! Way cool!

The Swag dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This near surf arrangement of "The Swag" is gently fluid in its groovy backwoods simplicity. The magic of Link Wray is defined by his ability to write and arrange extremely simple pieces that captivate and overwhelm. This has a big grin on it.

Lillian dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This slow dance number sports great plinking piano and ringing liquid chords. Its simple imagery gets you all gushy with last dance hopefulness. Simply a pleasure.

Ace Of Spades dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Among the more commonly covered tunes from the master of simplicity, "Ace Of Spades" is done cleanly (recording wise) and with great distortion (guitar). Magnificent!

Slinky dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Slinky" is one of those songs that Link wrote with very few notes and a lot of emotion. It's a long-chord piece with a suave emotional content and understated power. Very cool!

Mustang dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Great drums and that signature Link Wray danger emote images of places not to go and lurid feelings. A totally splendid track with power and excellent arranging.

The Outlaw dotdotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"The Outlaw" rides slowly through shimmering terrane where the sun sets on cactus and sand. Rich imagery and light delivery combine for a very fine adventure. Wonderful chords and muted lines!

Lynxtail dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Long dirty chords and demented string bending give "Lynxtail" a raw underbelly sound and fury. Slow and plodding, with an inevitable attraction and power.