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by The Link Quartet

Serious hammond B3 organ drenched 60's style instrumental beat for the 21st century and not afraid to show their teeth. A funk and groove music revolution from the makers of HAMMONDBEAT.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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1. Strudel Girl
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3:18 album only
2. Be Yourself
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3:35 album only
3. Alfa Romeo Duetto
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4:13 album only
4. An Evening With Linda Lovelace
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4:08 album only
5. Beat.It
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3:25 album only
6. Crosstown Traffic
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3:44 album only
7. Somebody Stole My Thunder
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3:28 album only
8. Little Italy Serenade
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4:03 album only
9. Happy Boys Happy
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2:42 album only
10. Gianni Fuso Nerini
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3:49 album only
11. If I Could Only Be Sure
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12. Marshall Jim 100
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4:07 album only
13. Theme From Hammondbeat
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1:55 album only


Album Notes
"Beat.It" is raw 60's drenched fuel to feed a world dominated by an otherwise anemic and bland soundscape. How Hammond organ funk is meant to be heard.

"Beat.It" is also the sound for the 2004 motion picture "Wilson Chance" (Bunzendahl Brothers Productions), which provided 5 songs to sit side-by-side with a fresh score by 007 guitar legend Vic Flick. And if that wasn't enough, the meeting of the Link Quartet, Hammondbeat, and Wilson Chance has resulted in a special soundtrack album ("The Sound of Danger", March 2, 2004) featuring over 70 minutes of new music, also available at CDbaby!

The Link Quartet have arrived! Following their second US tour in June 2004 (capped by the massive ModChicago event) and the completion of their next album, the boys are taking the summer off and preparing a revamped live set with the new record front and center. Watch for the "early years" album "Evolution" and brand new EP "Decade" from Hammondbeat in the autumn of 2006.

Find out much more at:

More Hammondbeat on the web:

HBR008 "The Erotic Cakes of Stoned Soul Picnic" [Oct 2006]
HBR007 Phat Fred "Don't Spoil The Soup!" [Oct 2006]
HBR006 The Link Quartet "Evolution" [Oct 2006]
HBR005 The Yards "Wit"
HBR004 The Special Agents "Bulletproof Beat"
HBR003 The Link Quartet "Italian Playboys"
HBR002 various artist "Wilson Chance: The Sound of Danger"
HBR001 The Link Quartet "Beat.It"

HBL006 The Dansettes "Boomerang" [EP] [Aug 2006]
HBL005 The Link Quartet "Decade" [EP] [Aug 2006]
HBL004 Baron Samedi E.S.Q. "Feed A Fever"
HBL003 Screamin' Retro "Scream On!" [mini album]
HBL002 Fil Lorenz Soul-tet "Stinky Stinky" [EP]
HBL001 The Dansettes "Oh My!" [EP]


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Nick Rossi (The Nick Rossi Set)

Extroverted Hammond beat of the first order
There is a feeling – a timeless groove, for lack of a better word – that some bands (the good ones at least) spend countless hours / days / years to tap into to. It is hard to put into words, but you know it when you hear it.

BEAT.IT certainly taps into this groove and, man, can you ever hear it! The Link Quartet boasts the solid sound of four excellent musicians who have obviously put in the time, done their homework, and are capable of delivering the goods. Their sound is extroverted Hammond beat of the first order and in Paolo Negri; they possess one of the best organists on the scene today.

There are, of course, the obvious touchstones: the James Taylor Quartet, the Small Faces, Booker T. & the MGs, and the ubiquitous Brian Auger. But add to that the unmistakable Italian flair of cinematic sense and take away the fear many groups on the scene have of sounding “contemporary” and you can begin to get a sense of where this disc is at. Each of the tracks shifts from sound to sound, but when the smoke clears you know that the Link Quartet have found their own sound. And, man, it sounds good!

Bernie Southerton

Very Cool, great for helping get through long commutes!
Very cool and very interesting. Kind of a something old, something new etc. feeling. Very cool sounds, crosses many boundaries!


A dozen triumphant organ-centric chunks of solid groove
I've always wished that more bands would bring the organ back into their songs, and wouldn't you know? Someone in Portland runs a label with a near-religious devotion to the Hammond B3. The Link Quartet share that devotion, and check in with a dozen triumphant organ-centric chunks of solid groove. These guys are touring-mates of The Diplomats of Solid Sound, and you can tell that they draw from the same book of influences -- the Meters, Booker T & The MGs, etc. But, you can maybe detect an affinity with the space age sounds of Hugo Montenegro or even Esquivel. It's very stylish and cosmopolitan, and doesn't get so retro that you feel like you need to be in costume. This is just great stuff -- especially if you love the sound of an organ.


I love, love, love this disc!
A modern instrumental quartet transforming retro hammond funkiness into an earthshaking neogroove! Every single note these guys impart is, for lack of a better homemade superlative, outfunkstanding! There's no small amount of organ grinding on this record (an organ that must have been pounded into pudding) but, as an added bonus, the guitar is just as much a funky electric dynamo! "Strudel Girl", "Crosstown Traffic" (a Mr. Hendrix cover), and "Somebody Stole My Thunder" are supremely groovy tunes - though, honestly, my favorites from BEAT.IT are in a constant state of flux. I love, love, love this disc!

Alan O

Be the coolest person you know!
Since obtaining this CD I've become the coolest person in my Town.You will also become the coolest person in YOUR town (Unless you live in my town) when you pick yourself up a copy of this album. Your friends will be jealous that you're the coolest townsperson with the coolest Album - but thats their problem.Every Town needs a cool person-and that person should be you...........Buy this album and enjoy some of the best Hammond Quartet action you'll ever here!

Martin Lovegrove

Lock up your daughters... THE LINK QUARTET'S IN TOWN!!!
I personally will give hard cash money to anyone who resists the urge to dance their backside off upon hearing this corker from the Link Quartet. Like an ultra rare 60's soundtrack to a movie never made, Beat.It will have you grinning like a cheshire cat within seconds of hearing 'Strudel Girl' right up until the mind blowing skill-fingered work on 'Theme From Hammndbeat'. I know it sounds naughty... IT IS!!!!!!

Mohair Sweets

It really is the time of the groove revolution.
It really is the time of the groove revolution. The world over you can find smokin' combos hittin' it hard with massive organ grooves and super-funky beats modelled on the innovators and originators of the 50s, 60s and early 70s. We're not talkin' total retro though, but livin', breathin', hard-workin' musicians with keen eye's for style, substance and community. Italy's Link Quartet are one of these thoroughly modern and exciting combos and their debut (for Hammondbeat at least) is a marvellous (funky) walk of Hammond, wah-wah'ed Cropper mutated guitar licks and juicy rhythm section finery. You couldn't beat it if you wanted to so drop on in to the excellent Hammondbeat site and order a copy today!

Valeria from Italy drives me crazy, it's absolutely amazing and full of energy!!!!! I tell everyone to pick up a copy and dance, party wild party wild party wild! I'm waiting for the new album, hope it will be available soon....!

Damon Geraldo Vanderhoffen, III

Perfect party music. Instrumental madness, that makes you want to speed through
Perfect party music. Instrumental madness, that makes you want to speed through the hills on a moonlit night with the top down, a martini in your hand, and your lover sitting shotgun. Drinking and driving is bad, but with Beat It playing, it’s super-bad!

The Hammond Grounds

Classic 60's English Beat!
This is the real thing! Even though these guys are from Italy, they have that Beat down, and play it like their lives depend on it. No filler, just straight butter baby!
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