Endearingly low key in its production values, undiluted in its content and unambiguous in its message The Rumble Man is the definitive Link Wray documentary. Originally released on video and shot at shows in London and Manchester during Link’s UK tour in the spring of 1996, its particular beauty is in effectively presenting Link in his own words with inimitable riffs.
An extended interview is combined with live footage of Link, all biker jacket, shades, jet black hair and attitude, as he gives a masterly demonstration of the most infamous guitar sound in the history of rock’n’roll. The interview is an extended conversation with Mike Mastrangelo (aka Saucerman), which finds Link in great spirits as he enthusiastically shares anecdotes and insights from his extraordinary life and career. One highlight involves the story behind Rumble, the infamous brooding instrumental that has long been Wray’s trademark since he first recorded it back in 1958.
Live performances include Jack The Ripper, The Ace Of Spades, Batman, Run Chicken Run, Deuces Wild and Rumble itself. For anyone who never experienced the Wray primal power live, this gives a taste of what you missed.