Tuesday

Link Wray

Beans and Fatback - 1973

My personal favorite among the handful of “back to roots” albums Link Wray was knocking out around the early 70s, Beans and Fatback doesn’t have the same intimate charm as 1971’s Link Wray, but it more than makes up for it with a nice helping of fuzzed up, down home rave ups. Although the songs on this one were recorded during the same sessions that produced the self-titled LP, Beans and Fatback was Wray’s way of letting the world know that the man who gave us “Rumble” hadn’t gone soft. This album is all over the place. Kicking off with the bluegrassy title track, everything hits high gear by the 6-minute attack of "I'm So Glad, I'm So Proud". That's followed a few songs down the line by an uptempo rework of Leadbelly's "In the Pines", and yet another rehashing of the very same song near the end of the album! You'd have to be a real sad sack not to find something to like about this one. What a ride!

P.S. Original pressings of this LP came with a delicious slice of dried fatback bacon. Awesome.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Super lp,great blog.Happy Christmas

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this! It's a bit uncanny how your blog has steadily filled in the gaps of 60s/70s music I've been wanting to hear....

Anonymous said...

just a great big thanks for all the tunes your share!! Hope you and yours all have a wonderful Christmas!

fontanaw said...

Yeah, LINK WRAY rules big time !!! To me the self-titled album is the best of his backwoods extravaganzas. But this is good, too.
Funny how you seem to enjoy the same ecclectic bag of music I do. I will stay tuned.

Link Jr said...

Thanks, excellent Link Wray upload any chance of filling in the gaps at the beginning of his career? (missing links series)

JR HeatWarp said...

Hey Link JR,

I'm glad you've enjoyed the Link post, but I'm afraid I can't supply any of his early stuff. These early 70s albums are sadly the only Wray LPs in my collection.

Thanks for passing through.

ZubZub said...

Wanted to drop back by and say thanks for this, have been enjoying the Fatback...
Great stuff throughout the HeatWarps, thanks!

Ol' Hank said...

WOW!!! I just discovered your blog and am scooping up some GEMS!!!! Really. Most of the albums you are posting I (who thought he was well-listened) have either never heard, or was sitting on the fence to listen to. This Link Wray is a treat...I am used to the fuzz-freak, but this proves he could go both ways. RIP LINK, and Rock ON Heat Warps!!!!!

Ol' Hank said...

WOW!!! I just discovered your blog and am scooping up some GEMS!!!! Really. Most of the albums you are posting I (who thought he was well-listened) have either never heard, or was sitting on the fence to listen to. This Link Wray is a treat...I am used to the fuzz-freak, but this proves he could go both ways. RIP LINK, and Rock ON Heat Warps!!!!!

alex supertramp said...

okay -- first things first -- i have no doubts you are the coolest person on earth... everything I've discovered on your amazing blog has totally blown me away, and I can't get enough of the Link Wray --- but really, the more I troll your archives the giddier I've become .... all these classics that i've had people mention --- and then all the "under the radar" posts that have me restructuring my bank account now that I have an entire new cadre of artists to delve into...

THANKS THANKS THANKS
keep up the amazing work...

JR HeatWarp said...

Hey thanks Alex! Hopefully you managed to discover the Heat Warps before your search for these gems completely bankrupted you!

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