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Rufus Wainwright - Link Wray

Wainwright, Rufus Poses Artist Rufus Wainwright
Title Poses
Label Dreamworks
+ Format: CD
Price: £6.99


Wray, Link - 3-Track Shack Artist Link Wray
Title 3-Track Shack
Label Ace

Three albums Link Wray recorded on his brother’s farm in the early 70s. Radically different to his previous releases, the music remains raw and basic, but with vocals and acoustic instruments.

Following his instrumental hits ‘Rumble’ and ‘Jack The Ripper’, Link Wray settled into a routine of gigging with his band the Raymen in the North-Eastern states, particularly the rough and ready dives of Washington DC. In the early 70s this stopped and Link concentrated on working on the farm his brother Vernon had bought in Accokeek ,Maryland. Vernon installed a three-track recording studio in the basement of the farmhouse, but his wife complained about the noise so it was moved outside to an old chicken house – the 3-Track Shack was born.

- See more at: http://acerecords.co.uk/3-track-shack#sthash.Fa7140Or.dpuf

Three albums Link Wray recorded on his brother’s farm in the early 70s. Radically different to his previous releases, the music remains raw and basic, but with vocals and acoustic instruments.

Following his instrumental hits ‘Rumble’ and ‘Jack The Ripper’, Link Wray settled into a routine of gigging with his band the Raymen in the North-Eastern states, particularly the rough and ready dives of Washington DC. In the early 70s this stopped and Link concentrated on working on the farm his brother Vernon had bought in Accokeek ,Maryland. Vernon installed a three-track recording studio in the basement of the farmhouse, but his wife complained about the noise so it was moved outside to an old chicken house – the 3-Track Shack was born.

- See more at: http://acerecords.co.uk/3-track-shack#sthash.Fa7140Or.dpuf
+ Format: 2CD
Price: £14.99


Wray, Link - Early Recordings Artist Link Wray
Title Early Recordings
Label Ace
Second longest running title in the Ace catalogue and deservedly so for the King of the KERRRRRANNNNGGGGGGGGG Guitar.

+ Format: LP
Price: £12.99


Wray, Link - Early Recordings / Good Rockin Tonight Artist Link Wray
Title Early Recordings / Good Rockin' Tonight
Label Ace
"This Ace album has it all. If you only have to have one Link Wray album this is it" - Bobby Gillespie
“This Ace album has it all. If you only have to have one Link Wray album this is it.” Bobby Gillespie - See more at: http://acerecords.co.uk/early-recordings-good-rockin-tonight#sthash.Ejo7KlFI.dpuf

“This Ace album has it all. If you only have to have one Link Wray album this is it.” Bobby Gillespie

Listening to this record gives me the same feeling as Ritchie Valens’ brilliant instrumental ‘From Beyond’ – recorded in 1958, the same year ‘Rumble’ was released: the sense of electricity discovered and unchained. The electric guitar, once highlighted and harnessed to an unvarying, minimalist beat, turned into a sound of such melodic brutality that it appeared to embody all the existential threat of early rock’n’roll: the sound of the repressed – in these two cases Mexican Americans and Native Americans – seizing their moment and their place in the sun.

That’s a lot to load onto a series of brief, catchy instrumentals but there is a power in these records that goes beyond the simple desire to have a hit or even have some product you can sell at gigs. The Valens track was a one-off – who knows whether or not he’d have pursued this route if he had lived – but Link Wray continued to make haunting, tough, lean and mean records until 1966 that at once moved with the times, ‘Batman Theme’ for one, but also stayed close to that founding sense of marginality and danger.

- See more at: http://acerecords.co.uk/early-recordings-good-rockin-tonight#sthash.Ejo7KlFI.dpuf
+ Format: CD
Price: £11.99


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