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Link Wray - Link Wray

Link Wray - Link Wray

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Hot licks from out in the sticks! Recorded in a chicken shack in the Maryland countryside, Link belts it out with his one remaining lung and singular guitar-playing, making the blueprint that bands still follow decades later.

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+ Very limited LP pressed on three-colour, red, green and orange split vinyl. 
+ New liner notes by Chris Morris. 
+ Remastered and on vinyl for the first time.

Reproduction of original LP in Gatefold Sleeve. Recorded in a shaky makeshift chicken shack in rural Maryland, Link Wray’s eponymous 1971 solo album is a compelling and forward-looking piece of honest, handmade Americana.

This album is vastly different from his previous work, foregoing instrumentals entirely. Instead, Wray, left with only one lung following a bout with tuberculosis in 1956, gives us his raw voice, full of spit and vinegar, as he blends elements of country, rock ‘n’ roll, roots, folk and gospel marked with fuzzy guitar and booming percussion. He kicks off with a track, La De Da, that may be the greatest song the Stones never wrote. Elsewhere, the single Fallin’ Rain channels Dylan at his most political, with lyrics about “stabbings and shootings and young men dying all around.”

Link Wray proved to be the only album that the guitarist issued in his own name to hit the American charts during his nearly 50-year recording career. Although it didn’t receive much critical acclaim at the time of its release, Link Wray has seen a resurgence in recent years and developed a cult following, with artists from Nick Cave to The Neville Brothers recording versions of its tracks.

Link Wray’s musical journey began early, with his father Fred taking up the family music business. Link, along with brothers Vernon and Doug began playing together professionally in 1942, their rowdy instrumental single Rumble charting at number 16 in 1958.

Following a string of hits on Philadelphia-based Swan Records, Vernon began to serve as the family’s producer, eventually starting his own studio; first in the basement of his home and then–after his wife Evelyn complained about the noise–in a converted shack on the property. It was there that Link, Vernon and producer Steve Verroca found a sound that marked “a return to simplicity.” This carefully remastered reissue will take you right back to that chicken shack, and to sessions so electric you can almost feel the atmosphere.

Format Info

Very limited LP pressed on tri-split-colour vinyl.

Tracklisting

La De Da
Take Me Home Jesus
Juke Box Mama
Rise And Fall of Jimmy Stokes
Fallin' Rain
Fire And Brimstone
Ice People
God Out West
Crowbar
Black River Swamp
Tail Dragger

Artist: Link Wray
Label: Future Days Recordings
Catalogue: FDR63313
Barcode: 826853363334
Format: LP
Release Date: 16th September 2022
   
"One of the greatest roots rock albums ever, full of fuzz blasts, gnarled folk, and backwoods gospel. Rock’n’roll doesn’t get leaner or more primal."
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