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RECORD STORE DAY 2017

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There will be two Link Wray LPs reissued for Record Store Day this year, BEANS AND FATBACK and BE WHAT YOU WANT TO, brought to you by the fine folks at Tidal Waves Music.

BEANS AND FATBACK has been out of print since 1973 and never released outside Europe.

BE WHAT YOU WANT TO, Link’s secod
Polydor LP, was reissued a dozen years ago on a very limited CD in Europe, but it has been out of print in vinyl format since 1973.

Both of these Link Wray recordings will be available worldwide on a limited edition to 2500 vinyl copies!

For more on Tidal Waves Music, you can check them out
on the web, on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Soundcloud and Instagram.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL RUMBLE TRAILER

The official trailer for RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD was released today.

Take two minutes to give it a look. Then when this film gets to the Oscars, you can tell people you knew about it before almost everyone else.

#RumbleAtsundance

RUMBLE TEASER!

Learn more about the fine folks behind RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD.

THIS IS PUNK ROCK GROUND ZERO!

NEWLY DISCOVERED 1963 LIVE RECORDINGS OF LINK WRAY!

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ink Wray was a trail blazer. Link was the first to use intentional distortion in a rock recording. Link is also credited with inventing the “power chord.” His song RUMBLE - an instrumental - was banned for fear it would incite violence.

Rock and roll would never be the same after Link Wray.

From Bruce Springsteen to Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, dozens of rock and roll legends cite Link Wray as a career influence. Heavy metal, surf, grunge, garage…they can all trace their roots to Link Wray.

Link and the Ray Men spent the early ’60’s playing frat parties on the college circuit up and down the East Coast. We have uncovered two classic Link tracks -
RUN CHICKEN RUN and RAWHIDE - and present them to you at their lo-fi, revved-up photo-punk best in our release LIVE IN ’63 at Cornell University!

LISTEN TO THESE FOUND TREASURES NOW!

NEWLY DISCOVERED RECORDINGS FEATURING LINK!

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Now available - “Worried Mind” and “You Can’t Break The Chains of Love” - THE LOST 45 from RAY VERNON, featuring DOUG and LINK WRAY!

RAY VERNON was the stage name of Vernon Wray, Link’s oldest brother.

Ray was signed to Cameo Records and had his first hit with "Evil Angel" in 1957. Cameo molded him as a teen idol and christened him
RAY VERNON.

Ray was an early member of Link Wray and the Ray Men. He soon moved "behind the scenes" in record production and management for several musicians - but he never stopped recording. He released several sides throughout his career, as well as the full length recordings
WASTED and SUPERSTAR AT MY HOUSE.

THE LOST 45 is the result of a recently discovered 1963 metal acetate disc containing two never-before-released classic country pop songs - “Worried Mind” and “You Can’t Break the Chains of Love.” Listen to these found treasures here!

We hope you enjoy these two songs and look for more recordings by this unsung legend of American Music.

THE LATEST ON THE LINK WRAY BIOGRAPHY

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Dana Raidt has finished her first draft of THE FIRST MAN IN BLACK - THE UNTOLD STORY OF LINK WRAY.

This biography is coming your way in 2017.

Stay tuned…

RSD BLACK FRIDAY? DON'T PAY EBAY PRICES!

The new gold vinyl, picture sleeve RUMBLE 45 isn't on sale until tomorrow's Record Store Day Black Friday. But, of course…you can find it on eBay today.

The asking price for this disc on eBay is over $20. Buy it RIGHT NOW for $9.98 on Sundazed's website. There's a limited number available, so get it while you can!

Tell them LinkWray.com set ya!

ORDER THE NEW LINK WRAY 45 HERE.

NEW DOUBLE CD ON SALE NOVEMBER 27, 2015!

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Just three short months after releasing the excellent 3 TRACK SHACK CD collection, Ace Records is doing it AGAIN with another double CD Link set - EARLY RECORDINGS. This collection will be available November 27, 2015.

This release will include all the tracks from the classic EARLY RECORDINGS album, along with all the tracks from the out of print GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT.

Did we mention the new liner notes and rare photographs?

PRE ORDER YOUR COPY HERE.

GOLD VINYL RUMBLE ON RECORD STORE DAY NOVEMBER 27, 2015!

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The fine folks at Sundazed Records have done it again. On "Black Friday" - November 27, 2015, your local record store will have this limited edition, gold vinyl picture sleeve 45 of Link Wray's RUMBLE - the record that started it all.

From the liner notes -

"Released in April 1958, Rumble b/w The Swag was Link Wray's opening salvo. Overnight, Rumble completely changed the nascent rock 'n roll landscape. Full of crunch, swagger, menace and tribal tattoo rhythms, it was the sound of a switchblade slicing through the heart of tepid pop music.

Everywhere, budding musicians like Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and thousands more replicated its distorted power chords in garages, basements and bedrooms. Playing Rumble was an essential rite of passage for any guitarist who wanted to harness the new music's mysterious dynamism. Without it, rock 'n roll as we know it would not exist."

For more on Record Store Day releases from Sundazed…
Sundazed Records homepage

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"SHACK TRACKS" REISSUED!

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The fine folks at Ace Records will be issuing LINK WRAY 3 TRACK SHACK at the end of this month. This double CD set includes Link's entire "Shack tracks" - LINK WRAY, BEANS & FATBACK and MORDICAI JONES.

Sharp Link fans may be asking how this one differs than the set put out a decade ago. Easy answer - quite a bit! This package has the correct track listings and are straight from the original master recordings. We have seen an advance of the inner booklet and it is outstanding - packed full of detailed liner notes and several photographs you probably haven't seen before. Ace is taking advance orders here.

RUMBLE SHIRTS ARE IN!

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The song that started it all!

These XL 100% heavy cotton shirts are IN STOCK and ready to ship. A LinkWray.com exclusive.

$24.99 shipped anywhere in the USA. Outside the US, eMail us your address and we will send a no obligation invoice with a shipping quote.

Click here to order your shirt now!

(makes a great Christmas gift&hellipWinking

BAND OF TRIBES ON ITUNES

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You can now get the BAND OF TRIBES (featuring Link’s grandson Chris Webb) full length record on iTunes! 12 Link Wray cuts for $9.99. Check it out when you click here.

"FIRE AND BRIMSTONE" IN "MLB 14 -THE SHOW"

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Link’s song “Fire and Brimstone” from his first Polydor LP (recently covered by The Bootleggers and Ralph Stanley for the movie LAWLESS) has been selected as a cut on the soundtrack of the sports video game MLB 14 - THE SHOW.

The last version of this game sold over 300,000 copies, so this exposure will be good Link’s music. Rock Hall, are you listening?

RECORD STORE DAY 2014

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There are now TWO great Link Wray-lated items that will be on sale on April 19, 2014 - Record Store Day. We’ve already covered the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion mashup of “She’s On It / Jack The Ripper” (a cover of the Beastie Boys and Link).

The fine folks over at Sundazed Music will be releasing a faithful reproduction of the rare Epic 45 “Slinky b/w Rendevous” - including the even harder to find picture sleeve! Limited to 2000 copies.

There’s A TON of other great releases from the Sundazed folks - check out the video here.

BAND OF TRIBES

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BAND OF TRIBES - featuring Link’s grandson Chris Webb! Listen to their four song demo HERE.

"RUMBLE AND ROLL" - A LINK WRAY RECORD?

You may have seen information on “Rumble and Roll” - advertised as a “Link Wray” record. Know what you are buying. Before you purchase, READ THE REVIEWS HERE.

RE-RELEASED! ROBERT GORDON W/ LINK WRAY

Bear Family out of Germany is releasing ROBERT GORDON WITH LINK WRAY October 2013. This will be a deluxe 180 gram vinyl pressing. Exactly the way you need to listen to Link!

Pre-order now at Bear Family Records!