Link Wray – Law Of The Jungle [Full Album]


Rock away your blues…..


Almost all of the 28 songs on this compilation of Wray’s circa 1963-1966 Swan material also appear on Norton’s more comprehensive two-CD Mr. Guitar compilation. So why pick this disc up, whether or not you have Mr. Guitar already? Well, there are seven previously unreleased stereo mixes from the original Swan multi-tracks. That’s not much, but it’s something, although it’s unclear whether all of the takes given the stereo mixes are previously unreleased in any form whatsoever. For what it’s worth, “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Frenchy” are identified as alternate take twos, while “Please Please Me” is described as alternate take one, and includes some studio chat. Judged in isolation, this is great if erratic 1960s instrumental rock, with some of Wray’s finest tracks and most imaginative playing: “Mr. Guitar,” “Bo Diddley,” “Cross Ties,” “Scatter,” “Law of the Jungle,” “The Black Widow,” and “Ace of Spades” are simply amazing, and lesser-known items like “Big Ben,” the tortured rare vocal showcase “Hidden Charms,” and the invigorating instrumental take on the Beatles’ “Please Please Me” aren’t far off that standard. If you only had this disc and didn’t know of the existence of other Wray compilations, you’d be quite the happy camper. The reality is, though, that Mr. Guitar has over twice as much material, including virtually everything here (though not “Please Please Me”). So only those hardcore collectors who want those stereo mixes have to count this as a necessity.

1. Good Rockin’ Tonight (Swan 4201; 1965)
2. Black Widow (Swan 4137; 1963)
3. Law Of The Jungle (Hangman LP 31 UP; 1989)
4. Hidden Charms (Swan 4261; 1966)
5. Ruby Baby*
6. Soul Train (Swan 4273; 1966)
7. Heartbreak Hotel* (alt take 2)
8. Big Ben (Swan LP 510; 1963)
9. Peggy Sue*
10. Week-End (Swan 4154; 1963)
11. Return Of The Birdland (Hangman LP 31 UP; 1989)
12. Please Please Me* (alt take 1 & studio chat)
13. Dinosaur (Swan LP 510; 1963)
14. Steel Trap (Swan LP 510; 1963)
15. My Alberta (Swan 4215; 1964)
16. Ace Of Spades*
17. Honky Tonk (Norton CED 242; 1995)
18. Scatter (Hangman LP 31 UP; 1989)
19. Stop And Listen To Me (Norton CED 242; 1995)
20. Cross Ties (Swan LP 510; 1963)
21. The Shadow Knows (Swan 4171; 1964)
22. Mr. Guitar (Swan LP 510; 1963)
23. Frenchy* (alt take 2)
24. What Happened To The Waltz aka Bo Diddley*
25. Rumble (Swan LP Version; Swan LP 510; 1963)
26. Run Chicken Run (Swan LP 510; 1963)
27. What A Price (Hangman LP 31 UP; 1989)
28. Ace Of Spades (Harmonica Version; 1965)

* previously unreleased (2002; STEREO)

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