Early Recordings/Good Rockin' Tonight

Early Recordings/Good Rockin' Tonight

by Link WrayLink Wray


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Ace's 2015 compilation pairs two old Chiswick vinyl compilations: 1978's Early Recordings and 1982's Good Rockin' Tonight. Despite the title of Early Recordings, these aren't the earliest sides Wray ever committed to wax. The guitarist cut these sides for Swan between 1963 and 1967, many years after "Rumble" rolled all the way to 16 on Cadence and long after he left Epic. They're midperiod but they're still prime and, in some ways, even dirtier than his trailblazing Epic instrumentals because they were done on the cheap and shamelessly ape trends. Wray embraces the corn in covering the "Batman Theme," co-opts surf for "Scatter," indulges in some backwoods boogie on "Turnpike U.S.A.," rips off "Telstar" on "Cross Ties," turns "Rumble" into a noir novelty for "The Shadow Knows" -- and those are just the recordings that came out as singles during the '60s. Good Rockin' Tonight is devoted to sides that were squirreled away in the vaults until 1982, many of which were covers, some of them even featuring vocals (like the title track). The music on the 1982 LP is of a piece with the 1978 set but it's not quite on par: the earlier comp really did have the cream of the crop. That said, having the two of these records on one CD is not only a blast, it's one of the best ways to hear Wray's '60s peak.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667074728
catalogNumber: 3024253
Rank: 74739

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Link Wray   Primary Artist,Guitar
Joey Welz   Keyboards
Vernon Wray   Keyboards
Shorty Horton   Bass
Doug Wray   Drums

Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Bill Doggett   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Link Wray   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Clifford Scott   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Ray Topping   Liner Notes
Ray Vernon   Producer
Billy Butler   Composer
Mark Cooper   Composer
Ted Carroll   Liner Notes
Jon Savage   Introduction,Sleeve Notes
Shep Shepherd   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Milton Grant   Composer
Greg Laxton   Liner Notes

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