The second volume of Norton Records' four-volume MISSING LINKS set, 1996's BIG CITY AFTER DARK is a two-pronged affair. Twelve of the 22 previously unreleased tracks are unissued studio recordings from the early '60s, and a pretty mixed bag in terms of both style and sound quality. During this era of Wray's career, the guitarist was floundering a bit for a public persona. Surf guitar was the big thing in instrumental rock during this period, but Wray wasn't a surf guitarist. Wray's unique style blended the sort of distortion and controlled feedback pioneered by the Chicago blues guitarists and applied it to twangier, somewhat rockabilly-influenced compositions like his big hit "Rumble," creating a new and surprisingly influential blend. The studio recordings find Wray both revisiting past glories, like the self-explanatory "Rawhide '64," and exploring new directions. More impressively, the other 10 tracks on this set are a complete 1961 concert that finds Wray and his Wraymen in full-on rave-up mode. These tracks are sweaty, noisy guitar-god fun, vitally important for all Wray fans.