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Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks - Traynor In Heaven For Link Wray (From Solna Texas featuring Ed Johnson)dotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is one intense set! In many ways, it's more like their earlier recordings, full of tuff guitar noise and utterly intense energy. Two guitars and drums! This nod to Link Wray is superb! Manic, demented, and tortured... I love it!
Picks: Street Fighter, The Fuzz, The Shadow Knows, Comanche, Jack The Ripper, Rumble, Streets Of Chicago, Raw-Hide, Batman Theme, Genocide, Street Fighter

Track by Track Review


Street Fighter dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a monster! Link Wray's thrasher is simply over the top, with not one square inch of room left for delicacy. Sirens wail, guitars howl, feedback reigns, and edge is king!

The Fuzz dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Harsh and angry, loud and abrasive... sorta like Link's intention. Angular and edgy, and very in-your-face. "The Fuzz" are coming and there's no escape. Great warbly ending!

The Shadow Knows dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link's slow tortured theme is more intense than ever, with throbbing tremolo and harsh tone. It reeks danger and doom. What a monster!

Comanche dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of Link's most often thrashed out covers, "Comanche" is uniquely dark and throbby at the hands of Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks. This very heavy and dangerous take is dark and ugly like no other!

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks take "Jack The Ripper" to the big thrash warehouse and drive it to the max! Did I mention loud? This is one of those things that you just can't turn down. If mom doesn't want to hear it, go out for a drive in your car and crank it up with the windows rolled up tight, 'cuz your fellow drivers are not gonna be happy!

Rumble dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Of course, there's big sustain and lumbering edge as Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks grunge out the classic lines and long sustain of "Rumble." Feedback, howls, and hi volume dread! The double picked thrash bridge is too intense for words!

Streets Of Chicago dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This very loud screamer is intense to say the least. Raspy guitar, harsh sirens, and endless aggression. You can run, but you can't hide from the "Streets Of Chicago." Great howling ending! Yikes!

Raw-Hide dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This venerable song is about as tuff and grating as it can get. Big throb, loud guitar lines,and no shortage of intensity! Way cool!

Batman Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the only non-Link Wray composition on the disk. Neil Hefty's TV theme was covered by link in a way that made it his, and this is a serious nod to that transfer of ownership, only more so. Very loud!

Genocide dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Genocide" is one of Link's slower songs. The very nature of the huge long chords tells the story of "Genocide" as only Wray could. More angry and hopeless than ever, Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks take the song into really loud and dangerous territory. Intense!

Street Fighter dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Acoustic, huh? Maybe you missed the amplifier part... Fast and furiously thrashy. Jeepers, I didn't think it could get more intense, but it did! Shorter too!