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Big City After Dark - Missing Links Volume 2

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The second volume of Norton’s comprehensive four-volume anthology of Link Wray’s lesser known small label releases, Big City After Dark provides a compelling portrait of Link Wray and his Wraymen in the early ‘60s. During this period they maintained a ubiquitous presence on the mid-Atlantic nightclub circuit, blessing small venues from Pennsylvania to North Carolina with their inimitable brand of roots-rock mayhem. “Big City After Dark” is a roughshod take on the low-slung blues stylings of Jimmy Reed that finds Wray coaxing unearthly sounds from his custom Danelectro baritone guitar, while “Walkin’ Down the Street Called Love #1” is a driving exercise in Buddy Holly-derived pop that nonetheless explodes into an incandescent Link Wray solo at its mid point. Languid mid-tempo instrumentals like “The Bad and The Good” evoke the laconic simplicity of Wray’s best-known numbers.

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Spotless stuff

Can't go wrong with this collection. I swear by Link.


Born: May 2, 1929 in Dunn, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Link Wray may never get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but his contribution to the language of rockin' guitar would still be a major one, even if he had never walked into another studio after cutting "Rumble." Quite simply, Link Wray invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists. Listen to any of the tracks he recorded between that landmark instrumental in 1958 through his Swan recordings in the early '60s and you'll hear the blueprints for heavy metal, thrash,...
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