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EASY EYE SOUND RELEASES “SON OF RUMBLE,” A NEVER BEFORE HEARD TRACK FROM THE LINK WRAY ARCHIVES!
“Link Wray was a huge influence on all modern rock guitar players. If they say he didn’t influence (them), they’re lying!” - Wayne Kramer, MC5
“Rumble had the power to help me say f*ck it,’ I’m going to be a musician.” - Iggy Pop
In 2018, it will have been 60 years since Link Wray released “Rumble,” and changed the face and sound of rock and roll forever. Dan Auerbach’s label, Easy Eye Sound, will release “Son of Rumble,” Link’s intended, but never released follow-up to the song that introduced the world to power chords and intentional distortion. “Son of Rumble” is a never released track from the Link Wray archives, and you can listen to it here. The song, along with “Whole Lotta Talking,” another never heard track, will be released on a 7” vinyl at a later date, and can be pre-ordered here.
Link’s “Rumble” became a flash point for countless musicians including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, Iggy Pop, Steven Van Zandt, Jeff Beck and Elvis Costello. The song was banned in New York, Boston and Detroit for fear it would incite juvenile violence, making Link Wray the only artist in history to have a banned instrumental. 33 years after becoming eligible, this unsung hero of rock and roll is currently a Rock Hall nominee for the class of 2018, and fans can vote for his inclusion with a daily ballot through December 5th here.
Link Wray is one of the featured artists in the Sundance award winning “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” a documentary about the profound, essential and indelible impact of Indigenous People on American Music. This film includes interviews with Dan Auerbach, Iggy Pop, George Clinton, Slash, Steven Tyler and other notable musicians. You can learn more and watch the film’s trailer here.
The story of Link Wray sounds like something straight out of a Hollywood movie. In 1937, a boy from the Shawnee Indian tribe was taught guitar by an African American traveling carny worker named Hambone in the segregated south. In 1953, that boy became a Western Swing musician and played the wake of Hank Williams. By 1956, he was a Korean War veteran who lost a lung to TB and was told he’d never sing again. Yet, Link Wray spent the next half-century as the only one-lung singer in rock and roll, and laid the foundation for what the genre would become. The impact of Link Wray, who placed in the top 50 of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, can be heard in generations of American and British metal, punk, garage, grunge, thrash and psychobilly rockers, all of whom have claimed him and “Rumble” (and the follow-ups “Raw-Hide,” “Jack the Ripper,” “Ace of Spades” and many more) as their own.
a. Son of Rumble
b. Whole Lotta Talking
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After hearing about it on LinkWray.com the past few years, you can now buy or rent RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD starting TODAY on iTunes and Amazon!
Physical copies of the DVD are available on Amazon. You can RENT or BUY a download RIGHT NOW on iTunes or Amazon.
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The fine folks at Light In The Attic Records will release this LP on vinyl July 21st! This is a faithful reproduction, including the original die-cut sleeve!
Quickly forgotten when it was released in 1971, this Link LP has become a sought-after classic. This record is like nothing Link ever did before, or since. Backwoods, gut-bucket country blues, it can be argued that this record kicked off the Americana genre.
Pre-order this gem here. Do it now, because there is an ultra limited edition of 400 LPs on YELLOW vinyl!
While you’re at it, you can order the follow-ups to this classic, BEANS AND FATBACK as well as MORDICAI JONES. Tell ‘em LinkWray.com sent ya!
But, don't get too excited. This is the third time these recordings have been released on CD and DVD. These items are audio and video recordings from a 1996 tour Link did in the UK. So if you have either releases of WALKING DOWN A STREET CALLED LOVE on CD, or if you have THE RUMBLE MAN or THE KING OF RUMBLE on DVD, you already have this material. If you don’t have it in your collection yet, the DVD covers the only time Link has sat down for a full length interview and the material has been out of print for a dozen or so years.
I'd like to say there might be new liner notes, or unreleased photos, but the fact that a late 70's Link picture was used on the cover of this 1996 era Link recordings, I'd bet it's not too likely...
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!
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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.
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!
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.
This biography is coming your way in 2017.
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.
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?
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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."
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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.
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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?
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 - featuring Link’s grandson Chris Webb! Listen to their four song demo HERE.