This classic instrumental track by Link Wray made an indelible mark on rock and guitar playing. The rhythm section just cooks along behind Wray as he methodically increases the tension, using the amp vibrato and his expert technique to speak volumes without words in a short space of time. This is as cool as it gets.
Another hugely influential instrumental track, this gem from UK’s The Tornados went all the way to number one in the USA in 1962. “Telstar” is like a time capsule, with rock n’ roll, the space race, and science fiction preserved in an other-worldly blend. It’s a superb recording too, produced by the composer, Joe Meek, a pioneer in electronic music and recording technology.
“Not From Here” is a classic song about the feeling being of alienated in familiar surroundings. The Berkeley, California Ska band, The Uptones, have recorded a song that discusses just this. Their song “Not From Here” is perfect example of a thinking person’s song that really rocks.
My favorite song from the album (2 Disc set) “Land.” My mom gave it to me as a gift for the holidays when I was about 16. The first time I heard a female singer “talk sing.” I was used to pop music on the radio at that time. With over sung/over glorified choruses. Yet, here was a woman screaming and talking out powerful messages throughout. I was immediately blown away by the amount of FEMALE POWERHOUSE ROCK going through my speakers. This track was brutal. To the point. And RAW. I got one great taste of Patti Smith and her insanely beautiful, poetic lines. And I had to hear more. She is the superwoman of rock n roll poetry.