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The Junior Raymen - Rumble '66dotdot
artworkThe Junior Raymen were "in the family," with a 15 year old Vern Wray, Jr. on guitar, accompanied by neighbors John Corboo - bass, and Roger Atchinson - drums. They existed for only a year or so, cut short by the untimely drowning of young Vern in 1966. They left behind only one reel recorded in the Wray family studio. This 12" ep is from that reel. It displays no chemistry, and the performances are not at all tight. They were just kids at the time. Historically interesting, but otherwise of little significance.
Picks: I'm Branded, Ace Of Spades, The Rat Fink, Jack The Ripper, Rumble '66

Track by Track Review

I'm Branded dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This very minimal version of "I'm Branded" is very rehearsal like. Chemistry is not evident, but the basic rock 'n' roll ethic of the Link Wray edge is here.

Ace Of Spades dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Classic Link Wray in a minimal format. Not loud and intense like the signature family sound, but primal and real. Dark twang for a dark era.

The Rat Fink dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Credited as an original Vern Wray, Jr. composition on the sleeve, "The Rat Fink" is really Bo Diddley's "Road Runner." The performance, which is from 1965, is sloppy and not at all together sounding. It also fades, perhaps to avoid a collapsed ending.

Jack The Ripper dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Moderately interesting because of it's historical value, but missing any-all of the chemistry and intensity of the original. Still, it IS "Jack The Ripper!"

Rumble '66 dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Like the rest of the recordings here, "Rumble '66" is low key and loose. Save for its historical value, the track is relatively lackluster.