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#1 Record/Radio City [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Big Star Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000000XHA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Feel
2. The Ballad of El Goodo
3. In the Street
4. Thirteen
5. Don't Lie to Me
6. The India Song
7. When My Baby's Beside Me
8. My Life Is Right
9. Give Me Another Chance
10. Try Again
11. Watch the Sunrise
12. ST 100/6
13. O My Soul
14. Life Is White
15. Way Out West
16. What's Going Ahn
17. You Get What You Deserve
18. Mod Lang.
19. Back of a Car
20. Daisy Glaze
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Big Star's #1 Record/Radio City is comprised of the bands first two vinyl albums from 1972 and 1973 combined into one CD.
This is a fantastic album!!! Excluding the Beatles, Big Star is the greatest power-pop band ever!
Highlights of the album are: the nearly glam-rocking _Feel_; the laid back song with beautiful harmonies that is _The Ballad of El Goodo_; the very upbeat popish _In The Street_; the lovely accoustic ballad _Thirteen_; the swirling pop of _My Life Is Right_; _Try Again_ which is dominated by a George Harrison-like slide guitar; the jangly _Way Out West_ which sounds a lot like the future sound of R.E.M.; the beautiful, but halfway spooky ballad _You Get What You Deserve_; the heavy-metal pop of _Back Of A Car_; the dreamy/turned rough and tumble, sort of Pink Floyd meets the Who sounding _Daisy Glaze_; the very heavy pop of _She's A Mover_; and the crisp upbeat guitar pop of _September Gurls_.
If you love the Beatles and are unfamiliar with this, you should get it immediately! While they are influenced by the Beatles, they are not sound-alikes; but they are similar in style, and have a certain soul or feeling in their music that is absent from much of the power-pop that came after the Beatles.
A totally classic CD!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for fans of 'proper' music 30 Dec 2002
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My first encounter with Big Star was via a friend very much into 'proper' music - i.e. all played on guitars and the like, no synths (Hammond organs are OK though, as far as I can gather), preferrably from the 60s or 70s. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Beatles... nothing against any of them (at least, not Young and Dylan), but not the pivotal points of my record collection. As a fan of some distinctly non-proper music (Future Sound Of London, Aphex Twin, Orbital, to pick the first names that come into my head) I was naturally suspicious.
It took several listens, but eventually I came to at least appreciate the melodies in Big Star's music, via songs like September Gurls, Thirteen, The Ballad Of El Goodo and Way Out West. Once I bought these two albums I became fully converted, in spite of my initial reservations about the (to my ears) clichéd American rock vocals. The melodies and harmonies are lush, the guitar playing is gorgeous and the production perfect. Vocals and lyrics are wide-eyed, constantly flirting with triteness, but in this setting this only adds to the emotional impact.
#1 Record is characterised by carefully constructed songs with beautiful interplay between acoustic and electric guitar lines and shared vocals between Bell and Chilton (standouts being The Ballad Of El Goodo, Thirteen and Give Me Another Chance), while Radio City is rawer with an increasingly wild but brilliant Chilton running the show - O My Soul sets the tone perfectly, being an ecstatic, sprawling romp, powered along (like much of the album) by thunderous drumming that fills any potential gap in the music seemingly by determination alone.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain for a power-pop masterpiece 16 Oct 2002
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Might as well nail my colours to the mast from the outset - if these albums were released individually, #1 Record would merit four stars, Radio City five - both are quite simply the two of the most important, powerful, varied, challenging and dynamic power-pop records ever released. Ever. To be able to get two for the price of one is proof that despite the ever increasing cost of CDs and record company repackaging, reissuing, and general punter-fleecing, the occasional must-have can still creep out as a bargain.
There is a marked change in style between #1 Record and Radio City - #1 Record has the Beatles' Rubber Soul and Revolver as its template, not in the Beatles-by-numbers way of bands like Cotton Mather or Oasis, but as a starting point to launch off into a glossy, well-produced and melodic rock album that highlights both Chris Bell's beautiful songwriting ('Thirteen' is one of the great acoustic guitar songs of any era) and the vocal power of Alex Chilton. 'Feel' and 'In The Street' are examples of the power on this record, with the bass and drums crashing around while some pretty heavy guitar work duels with Chilton's occasionally helium-inspired vocal lines. What stops this album from being a bona fide classic is the verse-chorus-verse formula, and the three ending tracks that let the side down, meandering aimlessly in search of a focal point.
Radio City, on the other hand, was recorded after a brief break-up - Chris Bell having left the band. Despite the loss of his considerable songwriting talent, Big Star's three piece line-up (augmented by several session musicians) responded by recording a power-pop masterpiece. O My Soul pays homage to Chilton's time in the Box Tops, with a Motown groove shuffle nailing down a big dirty beast of a rock song.
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From the song "Alex Chilton" quoted above Paul Westerberg of the Replacements also stated "I never travel far without a little Big Star,". I totally understand this sentiment. Chilton inspires the sort of devotion usually reserved for Welsh Rugby stars and Big Star of course defines the term "cult" band. Quite why they never surpassed this status is beyond me. Of course they only recorded three official albums. These two albums represent some of the best of Big Star and include classics such as the poptastic genius of "September Gurls", the wonderful "Thirteen" (covered by everyone including Wilco and Elliot Smith) and the sublime Ballad of el Goodo the best song the Byrds never recorded. Add to these "Back of a Car, "Feel" and many more and you will realise why Big Star are one of the most influential if neglected bands on this small planet of ours.

This double pairing should be a good starting point to satisfy those people with some curiosity about Big Star and the fuss they generate. On these 2 discs are the answers to Big Star's fans claim that Chris Bell and Alex Chilton are the true American version of "Lennon and McCartney", who in turn invented power pop and provided our own superb Teenage Fanclub and others such as REM, Elliot Smith and Cheap Trick with a goldmine of inspiration.

"I'm going to be a big star someday" sang the Jayhawks in tribute to the band and as Rolling Stone once stated Big Star "created a seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations of rockers, from the power-pop revivalists of the late 1970s to alternative rockers at the end of the century to the indie rock nation in the new millennium". Here is the evidence of a band capable of melding Stax soul, folky poignancy and a perfectly skewed lyrical sensibility.
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