Link WrayLink Wray

Label:Polydor – 24-4064, Polydor – 2425 067
Vinyl, LP, Album, Die Cut Unipak
Genre:Rock, Blues
Style:Country Rock, Acoustic


A1La De Da
Written-ByY. Verroca*
A2Take Me Home Jesus
Written-ByY. Verroca*
A3Juke Box Mama
Written-ByY. Verroca*
A4Rise And Fall Of Jimmy Stokes
Written-ByY. Verroca*
A5Fallin' Rain
Written-ByL. Wray*
B1Fire And Brimstone
Written-ByL. Wray*
B2Ice People
Written-ByL. Wray*
B3God Out West
Written-ByY. Verroca*
Written-ByL. Wray*
B5Black River Swamp
Written-ByL. Wray*
B6Tail Dragger
Written-ByWillie Dixon

Companies, etc.



Comes in a Die Cut Unipak cover with the front side specially cut following Link Wray's profile.

Red Polydor label has sort of a "deep groove" with the inner level lower than the outer.

This version has catalog # on left side of label.

2425 067 in small print on labels and between parentheses on back sleeve.

Runouts are etched, 'STERLING', letters and numbers are stamped.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): POLP 80197
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): POLP 80198
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): POLP 80197-1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): POLP 80198-2C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): POLP 80197-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): POLP 80198-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 3): P POLP 80197-1A STERLING LH AC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 3): P P POLP 80198-1A STERLING LH A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 4): P POLP 80197-1A STERLING LH C 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 4): P POLP 80198-1A STERLING LH A 4
  • Pressing Plant ID (stamped on runouts): P

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Link Wray (LP, Album, Gatefold)Polydor2425 067Germany1971
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Link Wray (LP, Album, Gatefold)Polydor, Polydor2489-029, 24-4064UK1971
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Link Wray (LP, Album)Polydor2425 067Canada1971
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Link Wray (LP, Album, Die Cut Unipak )Polydor, Polydor24-4064, 2425 067US1971
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Link Wray (LP, Album)Polydor2425 067France1971



  • tippitoes's avatar
    Edited 2 years ago
    This LP I phenomenal ! It runs the gamut of every, blues, delta jazz, funk, folk, etc…MUSIC !

    People hear “Link Wray”they think “Rumble” I think
    “Jukebox Mama”, (that’s baby makin🎶) !

    Meant to write this review about 4 years ago when I was introduced to it. But I was ashamed I hadn’t heard it 🤫.

    This is seriously in my top ten REKKIDS! Do yourself and buy it
    If you don’t like it, I know at least 25 ppl that would love to own it. I’ll give there address after I have video confirmation of you NOT enjoying this album : )

    Dead quiet wax, great sound !
    • Rosenberg's avatar
      Absolutely a phenomenal album, why did i discover this gem so late? Unbelievable!!! This is for me at the same level as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones etc.. And the pressing of this first US press is also very good, i've a NM state record and the sound is very dynamic with no surface noice. This record will never leave my collection, love it!

      Source Wiki:
      Link Wray is the self-titled 1971 album by pioneering guitarist Link Wray. The music is an Americana blend of blues, country, gospel, and folk rock elements. This music is characterized by the purposeful use of simplified sounds to reflect the then-current vogue of blues and other roots music being used in many roots rock bands. Wray's guitar-work, composing, and vocals reflected modern rock influences. Despite publicity from radio stations and print media in the Washington, D.C. area, the album did not do well in national sales.

      Some tracks from this album later surfaced on the compilation Guitar Preacher: The Polydor Years, and it was included in its entirety on 2CDs compilation Wray's Three Track Shack (Acadia/Evangeline Recorded Works Ltd./Universal Music, 2005) along with other "shack" recordings of '71 Beans and Fatback and Mordicai Jones. The album has proved influential in later decades, with The Neville Brothers, Calexico, Karl Blau, and Father John Misty, among others, recording covers of tracks from it.

      The album was recorded in 1971 by Link's brother Vernon "Ray Vernon" Wray at "Wray's Shack Three Track", a three track studio Link Wray had converted from an old chicken shack on his farm in Accokeek, Maryland, and mixed by Chuck Irwin. During louder numbers, the recording team placed the speakers for Link Wray's guitar outside in the yard and miked the windows.[1] For a time no drum kit was available, so on several tracks the musicians stomped on the floor for the bass drum and shook a can of nails for the snare drum.[1]

      Songwriter/co-producer/drummer Steve Verroca said that, "What we do is go into the shack and make music. We get the melody that way and then maybe write down some lyrics. Okay, it's a little unusual but that is what comes natural.

      Because of the change in style from his earlier work, the album was poorly received by Link Wray's fan base.[2] Wray had anticipated this, and shortly before the album's release remarked, "In a way I couldn't care less if the album didn't sell a single copy. We're happy with it and we've done it our way."[1]

      In their retrospective review, Allmusic criticized that the album as a whole "lacks the switchblade intensity of Wray's most famous music." However, they praised the album's passion and honesty, claimed that it had aged better than most country rock of the era, and commented that "the best songs speak eloquently of the hard facts of Wray's early life as a poor Shawnee child in the Deep South, and there's a humble back-porch stomp in this music that's heartfelt and immediate.

      Cover Versions:
      The Neville Brothers later covered "Fire and Brimstone" on their album Yellow Moon, as did Nick Cave and Ralph Stanley for the soundtrack of the film Lawless. The band Calexico covered "Fallin' Rain" as bonus track on their album Feast of Wire. Karl Blau covered "Fallin' Rain" on his 2016 covers album Introducing Karl Blau [5]. The Neville Brothers also covered "Fallin' Rain" on their album Brother's Keeper.[6] In 2020, Father John Misty covered “Fallin’ Rain” on his EP “Anthem +3”.
      • highpriest23's avatar
        Edited 3 years ago
        Maybe not really a review, but a reply to xrisrawk

        Isn't Dylan's music and whole identity as an artist based on a great exploration a.k.a. robbery of Americana and other Arcana's of mainly western culture? Maybe the late Nick Cave comes close to that, Jack White's still on the hunt.
        No wonder that Link Wray's fantastic backwood quadrology Link Wray - Link Wray, Link Wray - Beans And Fatback and Link Wray - Be What You Want To sounds partly like classic Dylan stuff (even though the 3rd wasn't produced in the Wrays's cabin studio, we better speak about four platters, if we include this Mordicai Jones - Mordicai Jones - and we should). Dylan hangs around at any shack or cabin, lurking in the woods and other places where house music, folk, country and blues have been sung & played and still float through the air, where all the great dudes and lads have always been, long time before Mr. Zimmermann started heading down on Highway 61 and catching up the tales and melodies. 'Cause who's Dylan if not all passengers on board of the ecclectic Mystery Train running endlessly through the land of the free and the home of the brave, heading towards to some frontier, broken dreams and blood dripping on the tracks ...

        Praise him for taking us on the bus as to Link for inventing the rock guitar and some important effects that forced the way to the full-blown-studio trickery starting in the late sixties. But also praise him for this fantastic lessons about the beauty of simplicity, taking the listener back to the roots of any music. The tunes recorded in his farm-based Wray's Shack Three Track are so rough and forcefull, La De da lifts your soul away, the intricating ratchet or whatever they've used on Take Me Home Jesus makes it amazing, Fire & Brimstone blows any place, Fallin Rain can make a hard man humble, Black River Swamp really sets one straight to a place out there in the old fashioned, mystic country side, bringing up beautiful interaction of dobro, guitar and mandolin.
        They don't to this stuff anymore one might say - be sure it never has and never will vanish! But here it's done just the right way. Many killers, no real fillers, if even.
        Absolutely stunner 5/5.

        Happy to own this Link Wray - Link Wray which sounds fantastic.
        • fivekidstofeed's avatar
          Edited 6 years ago
          LP Reissue is now available for pre-order from light in the attic records:
          • taylorconrad8098's avatar
            Light In The Attic will be distributing a reissue of this soon.
            • mb650918's avatar
              A fantastic album! I first heard Fire & Brimstone with the Swedish garage band Nomads.
              • Misterdimond3's avatar
                This album is amazing--a great mix of soulful rock and fuzzy, chugging tunes. Get it!
                • CykoMF's avatar
                  The song 'Juke Box Mama' on this album is where Jack White got the music for The White Stripes hit 'Doorbell'.


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