For me, Link was the best guitarist in rock back then. While someone like Duane Eddy - who's no slouch - would have hits with that wide-open prairie feel, Link was steeped in hill music, honky tonk, and some damn filthy blues. And he was influential in that he would let the electricity of the guitar speak for itself. He'd let power chords just ring out. Dig the man.
On the sweeter side of things, here's a great compilation of Roy Orbison's. With that voice, he's the king of rock and roll heartbreak for me. Many classics here: "Running Scared", "Leah", the stunning "In Dreams", and the whole set closes out with the snarl of "Oh, Pretty Woman". This one is a must.
And now we get down in the muck - the Goo Goo Muck if you will - with the Dark Lord of true rhythm & blues, Screamin' Jay Hawkins. A madman who did far-out shit onstage decades before Alice or Rob Zombie, he was also an amazing singer, with a versatile baritone. This CD is from his period on Okeh in the late 50's. Contains unhinged classics like "I Put A Spell On You", "Frenzy", the stomping swamp blues of "Alligator Wine", and the schizophrenic "There's Something Wrong With You". He also does some quite moving tracks, like "I Love Paris" and "Orange Colored Sky". Really, you're welcome for this one.
Ok, that's it for now...a good slab of old school stuff. Sorry I don't have any comedy to go with it. Maybe listen to some of the Stan Freberg in context now. Hey, anybody remember that Jennifer Warnes CD I had up months ago? It was fairly popular. Well, I'm gonna repost it soon, along with an anthology I'm putting together that is the fruit of a recent obsession. So, stay tuned...