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Link Wray

Link Wray

1 Jan 1971
4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1971
  • Release Date: 26 Mar. 2007
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: ℗© 1971 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 44:04
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  • ASIN: B001KE7KPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,890 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I got this LP in the early 70s after being really impressed when Whispering Bob played the old Howlin' Wolf track "Tail dragger" on Whistle Test. I'd never heard of Link Wray before but I was knocked out by the very basic sound, part country/part rock/part blues, which he recorded on his homemade 3-track (count 'em) studio. There are lots of other good tracks like "Fire and Brimstone" (as covered by the Neville Brothers), "Juke Box Mama" and "Crow Bar". My favourite track is "Black River Swamp" a wonderful sounding, laid-back song with great stereo separation - despite the three tracks?!?

HOWEVER, DON'T BUY THIS CD, get "Wray's Three Track Shack" instead, it has all these tracks plus an extra 21 tracks, including a great dog-rough version of Leadbelly's "In the pines".
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Even as a veteran of secondhand record shops and a rarities buyer for nearly 20 years at the fab Reckless Records in London – I'm kind of shocked at the sheer undiscovered classiness of this Link Wray music. Truthfully I never gave it the time of day back in the day. In fact I can recall seeing British copies of 1971's "Link Wray" turn up in our busy Berwick Street shop in its American die-cut gatefold sleeve with his side profile face – and we’d all sigh. The same would apply to the other album culled from these sessions - the single sleeve UK issue of Mordicai Jones by MORDICAI JONES (a gatefold in the USA with different artwork). We knew from previous experience that these obscure LPs would sit in our racks for months on end - until eventually reduced to a nominal amount - someone would buy them as a curio rather than a sought-out deliberate purchase. How times have changed...

For this superb UK 2CD reissue the simplest comparison musically is The Band and Folk-Rock Americana. Most fans who worship the ground that The Band's "Music From Big Pink" (1968) and "The Band" (1969) walks on – they would never in their wildest dreams look at the Rock 'n' Roll guitar 'rumble' of Carolina Shawnee Indian LINK WRAY and think 'Americana' – the beginnings of Tony Joe White, J.J. Cale, Townes Van Zandt and then onwards into the Indi Folk-Rock of Ryan Adams, The Jayhawks, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens and The Fleet Foxes. But that's what this rather brilliant little reissue contains. Simple but original Country, Folk, Blues and Roots tunes recorded live on guitars and upright piano in a converted Chicken Shack in Accokeek in the State of Maryland on his brother's farm (Doug Wray) with no overdubs and barely enough electricity.
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Stumbled across this artis on amazon and was amazed by his biography. Must admit I much prefer this album to his earlier work. Give it a listen and see what you think!
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By caca on 25 Sept. 2014
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Link Wray's Injun Rock 'n Roll Roots are the REAL DEAL! 11 Nov. 2010
By Craig K. Arey - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first heard this music in vinyl record form back in the early[mid?] Seventies, while living as a hermit in a beat up old shack on a dairy farm in North Carolina, I thought that I had died and gone to heaven. God Almighty, that backwoods primitive Native American Rock and Roll beat, was just so damn Genuine and Authenic, I listened to it over and over and over and over again. And even though I'm not a religious man, the way Link and his backup singers sang about Jesus, just about made a believer outta me. So, decades flew by, and that record got lost somewhere, but I never forgot it, and would seek out different Link Wray music in an attempt to get that good good feeling back. But all the other music that Wray did was WAY WAY different, and nowheres as good as this one. For a long time, I would doubt myself into thinking that maybe I was remembering his name wrong. But LINK WRAY?..... Not too many of them around to get confused with. And FINALLY, thanks to the producers [Polydor} and Amazon, I am back in the heavy heavy but, oh so uplifting groove once again! This album will MOVE you like nothin" else!!! And I also want to thank my long lost buddy, Pete Hoffman for lending that beautiful record to me back then. Thanks, Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you sonny landreth 6 May 2013
By R. Hale - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge sonny landreth fan and on one of his albums he covered juke box mama and I loved it well someone heard me listening to it and told me of link wray and well as much as I love sonny's verson Links is simply amazing the whole album is amazing. I would highly recommend this album to anyone. Go get it and you will not be sorry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!! 6 May 2013
By Ruskin - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently purchased this album and haven't stopped listening to it! One of the most under rated and unkown albums of all time! Can't imagine why this album doesn't get more attention.
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated! 27 May 2013
By micah gibson - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wish I had found this earlier. This is a really great album from start to finish. Very different from Link Wray's other work. Get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the light of day 2 Dec. 2010
By Music Loft - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this album decades ago for some reason and was surprised how much I loved some of the songs. Not all of them, but some. It was not what I expected. Vocals by Link Wray? Indeed yes! I thought years ago and I still think that "Fallin' Rain" and "Black River Swamp" are two of the best songs I've ever heard on record (mp3 now). I hope you'll listen to the snippets and if they sound like you might like them, you'll consider downloading them.

I recall reading by a reviewer that Wray recorded these songs with his crew at his recording shack and when at times they didn't haven't all the instruments they wanted so they used barrels and tubs as drums or in addition to what drums they had. Whether true or not, there's some outstanding music on here, especially "Fallin' Rain", "Black River Swamp", "Ice People" and "God Out West".

I never thought these songs would see the light of day after all these years but here they are and they do light up the day. Not "Rumble" but Rock!
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