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BARBED WIRE

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Link's last record, consisting of leftovers from his SHADOWMAN release and some ACOUSTIC tracks, just Link and his guitar. One of my favorite releases, if just for the acoustic tracks.

TIGER MAN
JULIE BABY
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
HARD ROCK
BARBED WIRE
YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL
JAILHOUSE ROCK
SOMEBODY LIED
LOVER COME BACK TO ME
SPIDER MAN
RUMBLE (LIVE 1996)
BORN TO BE WILD
FIRE (LIVE 1996)

BIG CITY AFTER DARK - MISSING LINKS #2

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Part of the Norton Records "Missing Links" series, this disc offers a deep dig into some rare and unreleased Link Wray cuts. Recommended.

BIG CITY AFTER DARK
DANCE CONTEST
WALKIN' DOWN THE STREET CALLED LOVE #1
THE BAD AND THE GOOD
HOLD IT
THE OUTLAW
BABY WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO
RAWHIDE '63
NIGHT LIFE
BIG CITY STOMP
RUMBLE ROCK
I'M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY
THE STRANGER
LINK'S BOOGIE
HARD HEADED WOMAN
ROUGHSHOD
I WANT YOU I NEED YOU I LOVE YOU
THE THRILLS OF LOVE
WALKIN' DOWN THE STREET CALLED LOVE #2
LUCILLE
STREET FIGHTER
SLOW DRAG

BULLSHOT

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BULLSHOT is a studio LP from 1980. Contains the killer track SWITCHBLADE and a great version of Dylan's IT'S ALL OVE RNOW BABY BLUE.

GOOD GOOD LOVIN'
FEVER
SNAG (THE SWAG)
JUST THAT KIND
SWITCHBLADE
IT'S ALL OVER NOW BABY BLUE
RAWHIDE
WILD PARTY
THE SKY IS FALLING
DON'T
YOUNG LOVE
IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG

EARLY RECORDINGS / GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT

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A recently released compilation of Ace Records’ earlier single disc LP/CDs Early Recordings and Good Rockin’ Tonight, along with updated, extensive liner notes.

BATMAN THEME
ACE OF SPADES
CROSS TIES
JACK THE RIPPER
HIDDEN CHARMS
I'M BRANDED
THE SHADOW KNOWS
FAT BACK
RUN CHICKEN RUN
BLACK WIDOW
SCATTER
TURNPIKE USA
MR. GUITAR
RUMBLE
GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT
DEUCES WILD
MUSTANG
HEARTBREAK HOTEL
LAW OF THE JUNGLE
BLUEBERRY HILL
THE SWAG
RUMBLE
RUN BOY RUN
HONKY TONK
THE SWEEPER
HOUND DOG
THAT’LL BE THE DAY
ZIP CODE
SCATTER

GUITAR PREACHER

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GUITAR PREACHER is long out of print, but worth an effort to find. This double CD comp contains a "best of" highlights of some of Link's Polydor era recordings - BEANS AND FATBACK, MORDICAI JONES, BE WHAT YOU WANT TO and THE LINK WRAY RUMBLE.

HOBO MAN
I'M SO GLAD I'M SO PROUND
GEORGIA PINES
WATER BOY, ALABAMA ELECTRIC CIRCUS
TAKE MY HAND PRECIOUS LORD
WALKIN' IN THE ARIZONA SUN
SCORPIO WOMAN
ALL BECAUSE OF A WOMAN
ON THE RUN
DAYS BEFORE CUSTER
BE WHAT YOU WANT TO
ALL CRIED OUT
TUCSON ARIZONA
RIVER BEND
YOU WALKED BY
WALK EASY WALK SLOW
MORNING
IT WAS A BAD SCENE
GOOD TIME JOE
WALKIN' BULLDOG
I GOT TO RAMBLE
BACKWOODS PREACHER MAN
SHE'S THAT KIND OF WOMAN
SUPER 88
RUMBLE

HILLBILLY WOLF - MISSING LINKS #1

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A deep dig into the earliest recordings - rare, live and unreleased tracks - of Link Wray. Part of the Norton Records MISSING LINKS series.

TEENAGE CUTIE
I SEZ BABY
JOHNNY BOM BONNY
IT'S THE MUSIC SHE SAYS
FLIRTY BABY #1
DANGER ONE WAY LOVE
HILLBILLY WOLF
GOT ANOTHER BABY
TURN ME LOOSE
TV BABY
I'M COUNTIN' ON YOU
SLEEP TIGHT
I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND CRY OVER YOU
ROUGHSHOD
THE STRANGER
BOO HOO
GOTTA GO GET MY BABY
FLIRTY BABY #2
PANCHO VILLA
LAWDY MISS CLAWDY
VENDETTA

KING OF THE WILD GUITAR

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A very comprehensive greatest hits collection from the folks at Ace Records.

RUMBLE
FAT BACK
MUSTANG
BLACK WIDOW
RUN CHICKEN RUN - LP VERIONS
DEUCES WILD
JACK THE RIPPER
THE SWEEPER
HANG ON
WALKIN' WITH LINK
I'M BRANDED
ACES OF SPADES - ALTERNATE VERSION
THE WILD ONE
THE FLYING WEDGE (DRAG RACE)
GREEN HORNET
APACHE
VIVA ZAPATA
WILD SIDE OF THE CITY LIGHTS
THE JOKER
SPIDER MAN

JACK THE RIPPER

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Link's Swan Records LP release.

MR. GUITAR
MY BETH
DEACON JONES
STEEL TRAP
CROSS TIES
JACK THE RIPPER
FAT BACK
RUN CHICKEN RUN
DINOSAUR
BIG BEN
MASH POTATO PARTY
RUMBLE

LINK WRAY

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This one you must have in your Link Wray collection. Like nothing he ever did before, or since. A heartfelt, back to the roots, from the gut recording.

LA DE DA
TAKE ME HOME JESUS
JUKE BOX MAMA
RISE AND FALL OF JIMMY STOKES
FALLIN' RAIN
FIRE AND BRIMSTONE
ICE PEOPLE
GOD OUT WEST
CROWBAR
BLACK RIVER SWAMP
TAIL DRAGGER.

LINK WRAY AND THE WRAYMEN

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Link's only Epic Records LP.

CAROLINE
SLINKY
RIGHT TURN
RENDEZVOUS
DIXIE DOODLE
RAMBLE
HAND CLAPPER
RAW-HIDE
LILLIAN
RADAR
COMANCHE
STUDIO BLUES

LINK WRAY - THE DEFINITIVE EDITION

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THE DEFINITIVE EDITION is one of the "out of copyright" releases from overseas. This one came out around 2011. As with many of these releases, let the buyer beware. They are not produced with the care of the product of some of the historical labels such as Sundazed, Ace, Rollercoaster and Norton Records. With those labels, you will get rare photos and original researched liner notes.

There’s a few things that make this one interesting - ROUGHSHOD (Scottie 45) and Link’s first waxing JOHNNY BOM BONNY. The other two choice cuts are from his brother Ray - DANGER ONE WAY LOVE and I’M COUNTING ON YOU. These tracks are all CD quality.

However…the track listing says this CD contains an alternate version of RUMBLE. It’s actually RAMBLE.

The liner notes and photos have been sourced elsewhere with no credit given to the original authors or photo copyright holders.

LIVE IN '85 / GROWLING GUTS

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Two LPs on one CD from the folks at Ace Records. LIVE IN '85 is from Link's US tour. Be forewarned that the quality sounds like it was recorded from a cassette deck sitting at a table in the audience. GROWLING GUITAR features the B side from the LP YESTERDAY - TODAY along with some rare cuts. For Link Wray completists.

LIVE IN '85

RUMBLE
IT'S ONLY WORKS
FIRE
MYSTERY TRAIN / I GOT A WOMAN / BABY LET'S PLAY HOUSE
JACK THE RIPPER
LOVE ME
KING CREOLE
I'M COUNTING ON YOU
RAWHIDE
BORN TO BE WILD

GROWLING GUITAR

CLIMBING A HIGH WALL
GENOCIDE
THE EARTH IS CRYING
GROWLIN' GUTS
HUNGRY
ACE OF SPADES '69
RUBY BABY
HANG ON
SUMMER DREAMS
SORRENTO
PEGGY SUE
ALONE
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
YOU HURT ME SO
THE FUZZ

MR. GUITAR

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A double CD collection of Link's Swan era recordings from the fine folks at Norton Records. Essential.

JACK THE RIPPER
BO DIDDLEY
ACE OF SPACES
FIVE AND TEN
THE SWEEPER
ALONE
RUN CHICKEN RUN
DEUCES WILD
THE SHADOW KNOWS
THE BLACK WIDOW
HOUND DOG
LAW OF THE JUNGLE
HIDDEN CHARMS
CROSS TIES
DEACON JONES
MY BETH
BRANDED
RUBY BABY
ZIP CODE
HEARTBREAK HOTEL
BATMAN THEME
SORRENTO
BLUE EYES (DON'T RUN AWAY)
MASHED POTATO PARTY
MR. GUITAR
GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT
SCATTER
STOP AND LISTEN TO ME
MY ALBERTA
SOUL TRAIN
RUMBLE - LP VERSION
FAT BACK
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
THE FUZZ
MUSTANG
HONKY TONK
TURNPIKE USA
CHICAGO BIRD
I STILL LOVE YOU
SO YOUNG
STEEL TRAP
RETURN OF THE BIRDLAND
ACE OF SPADES - ALTERNATE TAKE
FRENCHY
I'LL DO ANYTHING FOR YOU
DINOSAUR
HANG ON
PEGGY SUE
SUMMER DREAM
BIG BEN
RUN CHICKEN RUN - LP VERSION
AUTUMN LEAVES
WEEK END
WHAT A PRICE
ACE OF SPADES - RAVE UP VERSION
THAT'LL BE THE DAY
TAMMY
RUN BOY RUN
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
BLUEBERRY HILL
YOU HURT ME SO
BEGIN THE BEGUINE
RUMBLE - OVERDUB VERSION

ORIGINAL RUMBLE

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Nice collection of Link tracks from Rollercoaster Records,

RUMBE
THE SWAG
BATMAN THEME
ACE OF SPADES
JACK THE RIPPER
I’M BRANDED
FATBACK
RUN CHICKEN RUN
TURNPIKE USA
DEUCES WILD
MUSTANG
BLUEBERRY HILL
RUN BOY RUN
THE SWEEPER
HOUND DOG
THAT’LL BE THE DAY
THE FUZZ
RAWHIDE
DRAGGIN’
ACES WILD
BULL DAWG
THE RUMBLE MAN
COPENHAGEN BOOGIE

RUMBLE - THE BEST OF LINK WRAY

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Here is where you start. A good compilatiion of Link Wray music.

RUMBLE
THE SWAG
RAW-HIDE
DIXIE-DOODLE
RAMBLE
AIN'T THAT LOVIN' YOU BABY
JACK THE RIPPER
THE BLACK WIDOW
BIG CITY AFTER DARK
RUN CHICKEN RUN
THE SHADOW KNOWS
DEUCES WILD
HANG ON
ACE OF SPACES
I'M BRANDED
BATMAN THEME
HIDDEN CHARMS
CLIMBING A HIGH WALL
SWITCHBLADE
JACK THE RIPPER (LIVE)

RUMBLES, RAW-HIDES, JACKS AND ACES

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Based on many of these “out of copyright” Link Wray releases, I wasn’t expecting much when I ordered the double CD RUMBLES, RAW-HIDES, JACKS & ACES. Boy, was I wrong.

Those other CDs pale in comparison with this one. What I received was a very well put together double CD with liner notes, detailed track listings with the histories of the song writers, publishers, original record companies, matrix numbers and original release dates. Two tiny errors though - HILLBILLY WOLF was first released on the DAVE DUDLEY FEATURING LINK WRAY AND THE RAYMEN LP, and FLIRTY BABY came out in the early 1990’s on the Norton Records MISSING LINKS set.

There is nothing new for a Link Wray fan as far as the liner notes and photos go - the stories have been told and the photos have been seen thousands of times. I do wish they would have given a photo credit to Kathy Wall, the polio stricken 14 year old rock fan who shaped the cover shot back in 1959. If you haven’t seen them, you owe it to yourself to see
KATHY’S WALL, her INCREDIBLE scrapbook online. You will NOT be disappointed.

Same goes for the first CD. Nothing new - a collection of Link’s music that has been released and re-released more times than I can count.

The second CD is a different story. It was made for the hardcore Link Wray fan. Subtitled THE COLLECTOR’S LINK WRAY, we get Link playing on some sessions for family and friends, all cleaned up from the source vinyl and sounding great. A few of these tracks have been done before by the good folks at Norton, some tracks can be found on the THE DEFINITIVE EDITION CD above - but I did find some hidden gems.

This CD has both sides of brother Doug’s Epic Records 45, Bunker Hill, Marvin Rainwater, The Ponies, Bert and Ray, Chuck Bennett, Ray Vernon...they are all represented here. The two tracks that made this purchase worthwhile for me are YOU’RE SWEETER THAN SUGAR and 99 YEARS TO GO from the WRAY BROTHERS, two rare sides from Link, Doug and Vernon.

Overall, this one is worth your hard earned money, if only for the second CD.

SHADOWMAN

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Link returns to form in this 1997 release. Excellent from start to finish.

RUMBLE ON THE DOCKS
HEARTBREAK HOTEL
GERONIMO
YOUNG LOVE
MOPED BABY
RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE
I CAN'T HELP IT IF I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU
NIGHT PROWLER
YOU MAKE IT SO EASY
TIME WARP - SPIDERMAN
LISTEN TO THE DRUMS
SHADOWMAN

SLINKY

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A fantastic dig into Link's Epic Records recordings. One of the "must have" releases in your Link Wray collection.

SLINKY!
MARY ANN - ALTERNATE TAKE
RIGHT TURN
RAW-HIDE
RAMBLE
AIN'T THAT LOVIN' YOU BABY
CAROLINE
STUDIO BLUES
WALKIN' WTIH LINK
DIXIE-DOODLE
RADAR
OH BABY BE MINE - ALTERNATE TAKE
LILLIAN
COMANCHE
DANCE CONTEST
GUITAR CHA CHA
RUMBLE MAMBO
EL TORO
COMANCHE (DEMO)
RIGHT TURN - ALTERNATE TAKE
LILLIAN - ALTERNATE TAKE
KIKI
MOONLIGHT LOVE
HAND CLAPPER
MARY ANN - ALTERNATE TAKE
GOLDEN STRINGS (DEMO)
NEW STUDIO BLUES
RENDEZVOUS
TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE
RAMBLE - ALTERNATE TAKE
SLINKY - ALTERNATE TAKE
WALKIN' WITH LINK - ALTERNATE TAKE
YOUNG AND IN LOVE (DEMO)
STUPID PONY
GOOSE BUMPS
SCHOOL GIRL
NIGHT LIFE
SLOW DRAG
NEW STUDIO BLUES - ALTERNATE TAKE
GOLDEN STRINGS (DEMO)
AIN'T THAT LOVIN' YOU BABY - ALTERNATE TAKE
IF THIS IS WRONG
OH BABY BE MINE - ALTERNATE TAKE
RADAR - ALTERNATE TAKE
TIJUANA
TENDERLY

SOME KINDA NUT - MISSING LINKS #3

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Third of a four record set released by the fine folks at Norton. A great sample of some rare Link Wray cuts that have been overlooked for far too long.

DRAG STRIP
BABY DOLL
PLEASE PLEASE ME
AND I LOVE HER
YOU'RE MY BABY
XKE
RUN BOY RUN
BLUE EYES (DON'T RUN AWAY)
GIOVANNI
RED RIDING HOOD AND THE WOLF
THE GIRL CAN'T DANCE
REMEMBER THE TWIST
OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON
GENOCIDE
THE EARTH IS CRYING
SOME KINDA NUT
HUNGRY CHILD
GROWLING GUTS
FOUR GRAY WALLS
MINDBLOWER

STREETS OF CHICAGO - MISSING LINKS #3

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Another deep dig into Link's musical recordings. Recommended.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY
STREETS OF CHICAGO
TATTOO
BE BOP A LULA
LILLIAN
BLUEBEARD
IT'S TOO LATE
SOUL TRAIN
LOWDOWN
STREET FIGHTER
I'M COUNTING ON YOU
LAWDY MISS CLAWDY
STUCK ON YOU
DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS
ACE OF SPADES
RUMBLE
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY #2

SWAN SINGLES COLLECTION

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Another must have in your Link Wray arsenal. All of Link's Swan singles output in one spot. Search for the CD if you can find it - the fine folks at Rollercoaster Records do Link right, with a great foldout sleeve and an insert jam-packed with text and rare photos.

JACK THE RIPPER
THE BLACK WIDOW
WEEK-END
TURNPIKE USA
THE SWEEPER
RUN CHICKEN RUN
THE SHADOW KNOWS
MY ALBERTA
SUMMER DREAM
DEUCES WILD
GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT
I'LL DO ANYTHING FOR YOU
I'M BRANDED
HANG ON
PLEASE PLEASE ME
RUMBLE '65
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
YOU HURT ME SO
THE FUZZ
ACE OF SPADES
BATMAN THEME
ALONE
ACE OF SPACES (2ND VERSION)
HIDDEN CHARMS
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
SOUL TRAIN

THEY'RE OUTTA HERE SAYS ARCHIE

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A must have to your collection. An interesting release - these tracks were to be an LP follow-up to Link’s RUMBLE 45, but the label head Archie Bleyer thought the Ray Men were corrupting America’s youth, so the recordings sat on a shelf for close to half a century.

On these tracks, you get to be the proverbial “fly on the wall” with the inclusion of studio chatter while Link and the Ray Men were making rock and roll history.

Liner notes? Packed - PACKED with details and rare unreleased images.

ODDBALL (aka RUMBLE)
PANCHO VILLA
WALKING WITH LINK
COMANCHE
THE SWAG
RAW HIDE
DANCE CONTEST
SCHOOL GIRL
HEARTBREAK HOTEL
DRAG RACE
REBEL ROUSER
PATRICIA
THE FREEZE
MISSING LINK (alternate version)
I’LL BE SO GOOD TO YOU (Ray Vernon vocals)
WINDOW SHOPPING (Ray Vernon vocals)
MISSING LINK
WHITE LIGHTNING
CREEPY
RAW HIDE (alternate version)
PANCHO VILLA (alternate version)
COMANCHE (alternate version)
WALKING WITH LINK (alternate version)
PANCHO VILLA (alternat version)
DANCE CONTEST (alternate version)

WALKING DOWN A STREET CALLED LOVE

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Live recordings from Link's 1996 gigs in the UK. Pick up the companion video.

WALKING DOWN A STREET CALLED LOVE
BATMAN THEME
MYSTERY TRAIN MEDLEY
JAILHOUSE ROCK
MR. GUITAR
BORN TO BE WILD
RUMBLE
THE SWEEPER
JACK THE ROPPER
DEUCES WILD
TIGER MAN
KING CREOLE
FIRE
I CAN'T HELP IT IF I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU
RUN CHICKEN RUN
ACE OF SPADES
YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL
RUMBLE

WILD SIDE OF THE CITY LIGHTS

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First released in the mid 1980's on Ace Records, these recordings are Link and Bruce Brand. Many of these cuts were featured in the Brad Pitt film JOHNNY SUEDE.

HOTEL LONELINESS
RAUNCHY
THE FLYING WEDGE (DRAG RACE)
DON'T LEAVE ME
AMERICAN SUNSET
LITTLE SISTER
LOVE ME TENDER
WILD SIDE OF THE CITY LIGHTS
VIVA ZAPATA
AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU

WRAY'S SHACK 3 TRACKS

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The definitive collection of all of Link’s “Shack 3 Tracks” related output. It’s all here - the LINK WRAY, MORDECAI JONES and BEANS AND FATBACK albums, along with a very extensive book of liner notes and previously unseen photographs.
You collection is incomplete without this double CD set. From the good folks at Ace Records.

LA DE DA
TAKE ME HOME JESUS
JUKE BOX MAMA
RISE AND FALL OF JIMMY STOKES
FALLIN’ RAIN
FIRE AND BRIMSTONE
ICE PEOPLE
GOD OUT WEST
CROWBAR
BLACK RIVER SWAMP
TAIL DRAGGER
BEANS AND FATBACK
I’M SO GLAD I’M SO PROUD
SHAWNEE TRIBE
HOBO MAN
GEORGIA PINES
ALABAMA ELECTRIC CIRCUS
WATER BOY
FROM TULSA TO NORTH CAROLINE
RIGHT OR WRONG (YOU LOSE)
IN THE PINES
TAKE MY HAND PRECIOUS LORD
I’M SO GLAD I’M SO PROUD (45 VERSION)
WALKIN’ IN THE ARIZONA SUN
SCORPIO WOMAN
THE COCA COLA SIGN BLINDS MY EYES
ALL I WANT TO SAY
ALL BECAUSE OF A WOMAN
ON THE RUN
SON OF A SIMPLE MAN
PRECIOUS JEWEL
DAYS BEFORE CUSTER
GANDY DANCER


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