ARTIST: Link Wray
TITLE: The Swan Singles Collection
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Charting: Jack the Ripper (#64)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: He covers Good Rockin’ Tonight, Please Please Me, Girl from the North Country, Batman, Let the Good Times Roll and his own Rumble (as Rumble ’65)
LINEUP: Link Wray and session guys
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Seminal guitarist records a haphazard bunch of singles for Swan in the 60’s. Some good, some exile worthy.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There’s some overlap here with the Best of Link Wray reviewed earlier. This picks up some tracks not on the other compilation.
Unless you’re a student of 50’s and 60’s guitar and want to hear who influenced a lot of the 60’s garage band types, then this may be a bit much. Wray’s not much of a singer, so the vocal tracks don’t work, and some of these cuts are goopy with strings or superfluous sounds.
He does an interesting version of “Please Please Me”, which that and “The Fuzz” may be the only reason to grab this along with the other compilation.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: His time at Swan was from 1963-1967, though they leased “Jack the Ripper” from his own record company in 1961.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C-: For diehards only – grab the comprehensive compilation and fill in tracks if you must.