Missing Links, Vol. 2: Big City After Dark

Link Wray

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Missing Links, Vol. 2: Big City After Dark Review

by Richie Unterberger

A mix of super-rare cuts, a couple of unissued outtakes, and live material, all from the 1960s. It's rawer than Link Wray's norm (which is durned raw indeed), but not necessarily any less exciting than all but the best of his material in wide circulation. "Big City After Dark" and "Rawhide '63," for instance, have some of the best Wray string-bending you're likely to hear; "Hold It" is pre-Beatles garage rock at its most ferocious. This compilation gets a slightly lower rating than its companion volumes in the Missing Links series because the live material that takes up most of side two is of a somewhat lower standard than the other rarities, in both musical quality and audio fidelity.

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