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#1 Record Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (14 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Universal/Fantasy
  • ASIN: B002GCJW8G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 Remaster of the 1972 album + 1 bonus track

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The news of the unexpected death of Alex Chilton at the age of 59 in New Orleans this week has just filtered through. Many people will be crushed by this. Already MGMT have dedicated their London show to him and REM are planning a tribute concert at SXSW. Big Star are the ultimate cult band and this in itself is a source of shame since they deserve a wider and massive audience. On three incredible records they can lay claim to greatness. Last years brilliant compilation box set "Keep an eye on the sky" set out in all its glory the titanic work of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell on classics such as "September Gurls" "The ballad of El Goodo" and "Thirteen". Bands like the Replacements, REM, Whiskeytown and Teenage Fanclub could not have existed without them. Big Star's own song has written his obituary -

"Take care, please, take care
This sounds a bit like goodbye
In a way it is I guess
As I leave your side
I've taken the air
Take care, please, take care"

Big Star - Take Care (Third/Sister Lovers)

Godspeed Alex
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2009
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A million column inches in the press, a biography and, apparently a film in the making have all been devoted to the Big Star story in the thirty-odd years since they first released a note of music. Of such things are musical legends made, I guess, but when you get down to it, the truth is in the sound they made. Of their three albums, I reckon this, their debut album, is probably the best; main writers Alex Chilton and Chris Bell seem to have a unity of purpose, and the magnificence of the music is there for all to hear. In terms of melodic appeal, song structure, and the brilliance of the production values, this record is in a field of its own. Successive remastering has done much to reveal the layers of double-tracked guitars, richness of the vocal harmony work, and how very well-produced it was in the first place. #1 Record is almost impossibly perfect, and is as fresh and invigorating as it was when first released.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo Starr on 8 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Memphis-based Big Star are a band that sold a relatively small number of records when together but who have subsequently become recognised as a seminal act and major influence on bands such as R.E.M., The Replacements and Teenage Fanclub.

Recently the subject of a lavish 4CD Rhino box set (Keep an Eye on the Sky the best entry points to their work will always be the first two albums - reissued by Concord as separate CDs for the first time with a bonus track apiece.

The albums originally made it onto CD in 1990 as a "2 on 1" by the pioneering Big Beat label. Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios, with a vibrant and sparkling production by John Fry, they always sounded terrific, but the new remastering certainly seems to have added an extra clarity - as a result the sound is crisp and fresh and makes these the definitive versions to pick up.

Although they fitted onto a single CD, the albums actually work best as individual titles. On 1972's "#1 Record" they were a four-piece, with the song writing dominated by the Alex Chilton / Chris Bell partnership. Bell would leave the band before the release of 1974's "Radio City" (where most tracks were written solely by Chilton) and sadly didn't live to see the band he'd started get its due recognition as he was killed in a car crash in 1978.

As Kris Needs rightly states in the sleeve notes, Big Star are usually summed up as "power pop pioneers" but this really doesn't do them justice. Their sound is quite hard to pin down, but they were clearly inspired by The Beatles and had a very different style to most bands in an era that was dominated by Led Zeppelin and progressive rock.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Ball on 28 Nov. 2009
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I bought this album on the premise that it was regarded as an unsung classic. Well, it almost is. The opening 3 tracks are totally blinding. Upbeat, punchy and perfectly crafted heavy rock. The riffs come thick and fast, the vocals and harmonies are perfect in every way... but then towards the end of the album the songs take on a somewhat link acoustic feel. Had Big Star stuck with an upbeat album with a couple of the better acoustic tracks this would have been a classic... but sadly there are one too many fillers for good measure. The other song that seems incongruous is the India Song: a psychedelic pastiche perhaps inspired by the time the Beatles spent there in the late '60s. I would definitely recommend this album but I wouldn't say it is a classic.
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