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1-CD (Digipac) with 36-page booklet - 34 tracks. Total playing time: approx. 79 minutes.... more

Link Wray: Link Wray Rocks (CD)

1-CD (Digipac) with 36-page booklet - 34 tracks. Total playing time: approx. 79 minutes.


Link Wray - there had to be a release of this great rocker in our highly acclaimed ROCKS! series!
Recordings officially licensed by various record companies such as Sony Music, his best rock numbers originally released between 1958 and 1966 on Cadence, Cameo, Epic, Mala, Rumble and Swan, among others.
Such an elaborate Link Wray compilation did not previously exist!
The CD contains his rare vocal tracks Ain't That Lovin' You Baby and Mary Ann.
As a bonus: songs released under the name of his brother Vernon Wray (aka Ray Vernon) with Link Wray on guitar!
Detailed liner notes by blues and rock 'n' roll expert Bill Dahl from Chicago. 


Anyone interested in rock 'n' roll or the history of American pop music in general will know Rumble, the signature tune by one of the greatest rockers and guitarists of all time, Link Wray.
Link Wray (real name: Fred Lincoln Wray Jr) was born on May 2, 1929 in North Carolina and appeared on the stages of the world until his death on November 5, 2005 in Denmark.

Together with his brothers Doug and Vernon he first played Western Swing in the fifties and became the house band at Milt Grant's House Party, where they accompanied Ricky Nelson and Fats Domino, and others.
And then came Rumble, inspired by The Stroll of the Diamonds. Producer Archie Bleyer of Cadence Records signed Link Wray & The Raymen, and Rumble became an unexpectedly huge instrumental success, especially in the USA and Great Britain, making it into the top 20 of the US charts.
Over the next few years, more successful instrumental numbers followed, consolidating Link Wray's international reputation as one of the pioneering guitarists of his time. In addition to Neil Young, who would like to travel back in time to a Link Wray & The Raymen concert, Pete Townsend of The Who is one of his admirers: ''He is the King; if it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble', I would never have picked up a guitar''.


We finally add Link Wray to our successful ROCkS! series! On a total of 34 single tracks from the years 1958 to 1966 we deliver his greatest rockers from his recordings for Cadence, Cameo, Epic, Mala, Rumble and Swan in the best possible quality. Since we were able to license recordings from various record companies for this compilation, ROCKS! differs significantly from the cheap scrap on the market.
Our CD also includes two rare Link Wray vocal tracks, Ain't That Lovin' You Baby and Mary Ann, as well as tracks released under the name of his brother Vernon Wray (alias Ray Vernon) with Link Wray on guitar! 

The product includes a 36-page booklet with detailed liner notes from one of the most respected experts on American roots music of the day, Bill Dahl.

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  • Interpret: Link Wray

  • Album titlle: Link Wray Rocks (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AR
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5397102176005

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Wray, Link - Link Wray Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 Raw Hide Link Wray
02 Batman Theme Link Wray
03 Tijuana Link Wray
04 Slinky Link Wray
05 Right Turn Link Wray
06 I’m Countin’ On You Ray Vernon
07 I'm Branded Link Wray
08 Hand Clapper Link Wray
09 The Swag Link Wray
10 Comanche Link Wray
11 Deuces Wild Link Wray
12 El Toro Link Wray
13 Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby Link Wray
14 Studio Blues Link Wray
15 Hang On Link Wray
16 Jack The Ripper Link Wray
17 Turnpike USA Link Wray
18 The Black Widow Link Wray
19 Big City After Dark Ray Vernon & Raymen
20 Danger One Way Love Ray Vernon
21 Dance Contest Link Wray
22 Run Chicken, Run Link Wray
23 Pancho Villa Link Wray
24 Radar Link Wray
25 Mary Ann Link Wray
26 The Outlaw Link Wray
27 Hold It Ray Vernon & Raymen
28 Dinosaur Link Wray
29 Big City Stomp Link Wray
30 The Shadow Knows Link Wray
31 Dixie Doodle Link Wray
32 Ace Of Spades Link Wray
33 Mr Guitar Link Wray
34 Rumble Link Wray
Link Wray may well have been the loudest rock guitarist I’ve ever heard in a concert setting.... more
"Link Wray"

Link Wray may well have been the loudest rock guitarist I’ve ever heard in a concert setting. Considering that over the decades I’ve also luxuriated in the teeth-rattling fretwork of Roy Buchanan and Dick Dale, that’s saying a whole lot (granted, I’m not a heavy metal devotee). That extraordinary volume boost was a necessity for Wray; a childhood bout with the measles had robbed him of a good portion of his hearing (and some of his eyesight too, for that matter). Dedicated Wray fans didn’t mind a temporary bout with deafness in the slightest following one of Link’s signature shredfests; his pulverizing power chords and screaming staccato lead licks were the very definition of what rock guitar has always been and should forever be, making it a small price to pay. What’s more, Link never stopped epitomizing the concept of cool. He proudly wore a leather jacket and shades onstage well into his 70s, when his demographic peers outside the music business had long since donned cardigan sweaters and settled into comfy easy chairs.

Stardom didn’t come easily for Wray; he and his brothers had to work long and hard to escape the impoverished circumstances of their youth and find a foothold in the music industry. Fred Lincoln Wray, Jr. was the middle musical sibling, born May 2, 1929 in Dunn, North Carolina. Vernon was five years older than Link, born January 7, 1924 in Fort Bragg, N.C., and Doug five years younger (July 4, 1934). The Wray boys did some singing at the same church services where their mother, a full-blooded Shawnee Indian, preached the gospel. Link picked up some early guitar lessons when he was eight from an African American slide specialist called Hambone, who taught him the rudiments of how to play the blues. The Wray family moved to Portsmouth, Virginia during the mid-‘40s, but Link was in no particular hurry to embark on his musical career—he didn’t buy his first electric axe until 1949. Link was drafted in ’51, stationed first in Germany and then in Korea, where he was felled by tuberculosis. Finally back in the U.S. in 1953, he bought a Les Paul guitar and a Premier amplifier and got serious about his playing. But he was never quite able to duplicate the elegant, complex technique of his hero, Chet Atkins, so he developed his own mind-melting attack. Jazz guitarists Tal Farlow, Les Paul, and Barney Kessel and country picker Grady Martin also caught his ear, although he wouldn’t end up playing like any of them either.

The Wrays formed a country band in 1954 to play the rough-and-tumble gin joints around Portsmouth and nearby Norfolk, recruiting their cousin, Brentley ‘Shorty’ Horton, to play bass and provide comic relief with Doug on drums, Vernon on rhythm guitar and occasional piano, and Dixie Neal, the brother of Gene Vincent’s bassist Jack Neal, on steel guitar. They were billed as The Lazy Pine Wranglers for a time, then Lucky Wray (Vernon’s temporary alias, stemming from his gambling skills) and The Palomino Ranch Gang. A connection with pioneering country broadcaster Connie B. Gay in Tidewater, Virginia led to the group minus Neal relocating to Washington, D.C., where Gay had established a popular television program, ‘Town and Country Time,’ hosted by young accordion wielder Jimmy Dean. For all its political sophistication, D.C. was loaded with hillbilly talent and plenty of watering holes in which to showcase it. In addition to the personable Dean, Marvin Rainwater and guitarist extraordinaire Roy Clark were part of the bustling scene. All three of them recorded for producer Ben Adelman, the owner of Empire Studio there (West Virginia native Patsy Cline cut her first demos, long since lost, under Adelman’s supervision with Dean’s Texas Wildcats backing her). Although his legend rests solidly on a legacy of blistering instrumentals, Link’s debut release in January of 1956 for Adelman’s Kay label paired two of his raucous rockabilly vocals, I Sez Baby and the all but incomprehensible Johnny Bom Bonny, as half of an EP that Link shared with the obscure duo of Bob Dean and Cindy.

Adelman indefatigably hustled his finished masters to various labels; he found a home for three country-oriented singles by the considerably smoother-voiced Lucky Wray (It’s Music She Says, Got Another Baby, and Teenage Cutie) at H.W. ‘Pappy’ Daily and Don Pierce’s Starday Records in 1956-57, the last one sub-billing Link and Doug on its label. Starday released the masters through its custom service rather than issuing them on the main label, intending them for regional exposure only with the manufacturing costs paid by the artists themselves. Right in the middle of it all, the TB that Link had contracted in Korea sent him to the hospital in the summer of 1956 all the way until March of the following year. A grueling operation to remove his left lung largely put an end to any serious singing aspirations; from here on, Wray would concentrate on his blazing guitar technique and mostly leave the vocal duties to others, in particular his brother Vernon, whose prospects looked bright once Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann’s Philly-based Cameo Records brought him aboard in mid-1957. The songwriting duo was on a real roll, having penned Elvis’ pop chart-topper (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear. Their label was too, scoring its own number one seller that same year with Charlie Gracie’s Butterfly.

As Lowe led the choir-cushioned orchestra, Vernon crooned the Mann/Lowe copyright Remember You’re Mine, issued in June of ’57 after the label flipped the singer’s name so he was billed as Ray Vernon. Cameo even sprang for a full-page ad promoting the single in ‘The Billboard.’ But any hopes of a hit were dashed when Pat Boone covered the tune for Dot, taking it into the Top Ten and leaving Ray’s original in the dust (its bouncy flip Evil Angel might have nicely suited Gracie). Cameo responded to Boone’s cover by replacing Remember You’re Mine with I’ll Take To-morrow (To-day) as Evil Angel’s plattermate; Link’s biting axe was prominent on the new ballad, unlike its sedate predecessor. Cameo tried again with Ray that autumn with the rocking I’m Counting On You, penned by Atlanta-born blues shouter Chuck Willis (1957 was a big year for Chuck; his revival of the ancient blues C.C. Rider for Atlantic, perfectly tempoed for dancing The Stroll, sailed to the top of the R&B charts). This time, Link made his presence felt with a searing solo, and even if the arrangement was a tad rough around the edges, Ray’s encore outing stood as a contender for hitdom yet didn’t quite make the grade.

 

 

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Customer evaluation for "Link Wray Rocks (CD)"
8 Nov 2019

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Mit Link Wray in der 'Rocks' Serie habt ihr eine große Lücke gefüllt und mich und sicherlich auch andere sehr glücklich gemacht! Brettharter Rock 'n' Roll, geile Gitarren Riffs und viele mir unbekannte Titel, die ich hier entdecken durfte! Rock 'til you drop and keep up the good work!

20 Sep 2019

Think Link

My Man... love the Linkster great CD Folks *

2 Aug 2019

Maybe not the best possible quality.

To be honest at first, I have only listened to the samples. But from what I heard, it seems that "Rumble" derives from a scratchy record. His most famous recording. Why? Better versions are available.

Admin 3 Aug 2019

Dear Steen, we haven't used the original master for the soundfiles on the Link Wray 'Rocks' CD! What we have used was the compilation CD which includes the 'Rumble' soundfile from a 45rpm record as the final product wasn't mastered at that time! You sure will get a proper product including a proper mastering which just came in and to which we now listen carefully! Hope that helps and have a great weekend! Regards, Nico Feuerbach (re-issue producer of the Link Wray 'Rocks')

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Tracklist
Wray, Link - Link Wray Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 Raw Hide
02 Batman Theme
03 Tijuana
04 Slinky
05 Right Turn
06 I’m Countin’ On You
07 I'm Branded
08 Hand Clapper
09 The Swag
10 Comanche
11 Deuces Wild
12 El Toro
13 Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby
14 Studio Blues
15 Hang On
16 Jack The Ripper
17 Turnpike USA
18 The Black Widow
19 Big City After Dark
20 Danger One Way Love
21 Dance Contest
22 Run Chicken, Run
23 Pancho Villa
24 Radar
25 Mary Ann
26 The Outlaw
27 Hold It
28 Dinosaur
29 Big City Stomp
30 The Shadow Knows
31 Dixie Doodle
32 Ace Of Spades
33 Mr Guitar
34 Rumble