Link Wray (Limited Edition Color Vinyl LP)


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Format: LP 
Label: Future Days Recordings 
Year: 2021

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS:

A1 La De Da
A2 Take Me Home Jesus
A3 Juke Box Mama
A4 Rise And Fall of Jimmy Stokes
A5 Fallin' Rain

B1 Fire And Brimstone
B2 Ice People
B3 God Out West
B4 Crowbar
B5 Black River Swamp
B6 Trail Dragger

Originally released in 1971.

PERSONNEL:

Backing Vocals – Billy, Doug, Steve
Drums, Percussion – Doug Wray
Lead Vocals, Dobro, Bass, Guitar – Link Wray
Mandolin, Piano – Bobby Howard
Piano, Organ – Billy Hodges
Drums, Percussion – Steve Verroca

Recorded in a shaky chicken shack in Prince George's County, MD, 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, 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.

This carefully remastered reissue will take you right back to that chicken shack, and to sessions so electric you can almost feel the atmosphere.

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