Two little lost beauties were unearthed only recently and one of them found their way into my email inbox today thanks to a recommendation from an astute purveyor of fantastically eclectic music! In conjunction with this years Record Store Day, Dan Auerbach’s record label, Easy Eye Sound, released two long lost (and nearly forgotten) tracks by the legendary Link Wray.
Released as a 45, the A-side, entitled Vernon’s Diamond, was originally recorded between 1958-59 at the Broadway Recording Studio in NYC. The B-side, My Brother, My Son was also unreleased until recently and was recorded in 1970 at the Fred Foster Studios in Nashville, TN. This track is a beauty! Fuelled by the rhythm of a raw and chugging guitar, the contrasting breeze of melodic keys hamonise smoothly in the background. With Wray brothers Vernon on drums/backing vocals and Doug on guitar/bass/vocals, the track is led by Link himself.. Check it out above!
Speaking of Link Wray Dan Auerbach has described how, “I saw him play in Cleveland at the Grog Shop, and he blew my mind. To get the chance to put out unreleased songs on Easy Eye Sound is amazing and a dream I never thought was possible. It’s time we give Link Wray a statue on the top of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”