Posts Tagged ‘1972’

Although he was never to achieve even a fraction of the fame and acclaim that his legendary brother Link enjoyed, Vernon Wray was certainly just as much of a notch in the legacy of their namesake.

Throughout most of the 60’s and into the early 70’s, Vernon utilized most of his talent to contribute to his brother’s recordings with The Raymen. It wasn’t until 1972 that he recorded this modest gem at his Arizona studio (dubbed simply Vernon Wray’s Record Factory). Forgoing the surf overtones of the Wray brothers’ past, Wasted navigates the same path as contemporaries The Flying Burrito Brothers in its honky tonk moments and Townes Van Zandt during its more restrained. ┬áThe finished project is an excellent – and ultimately underrated country rock album in its own right .

Only 400 copies of Wasted were originally pressed back in 1972. Compounding on the rarity aspect is the fact that it was only sold at local shows around the Tuscon area. Luckily a hip little label out of Nashville, Sebastian Speaks, has taken on the repressing of the album as one of its projects. While you’re purchasing a copy of the LP, check out some of the label’s other endeavors. If you dig the nostalgic, the rare, the under appreciated, and the downright COOL then I reckon you may get a kick out of them.