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Free Again:The 1970 Sessions [CD]

Alex Chilton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD: 213 pages (30 Jan 2012)
  • 213 pages
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Big Beat / Ace
  • ASIN: B006JZ5K00
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Free Again ((original mono mix)) 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Come On Honey 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Something Deep Inside 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Can Dig It 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The EMI Song (Smile For Me) 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. All I Really Want Is Money 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Happy Song 2:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jumpin' Jack Flash 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Every Day As We Grow Closer/Funky National 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Wish I Could Meet Elvis 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Just To See You 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sugar Sugar/I Got The Feelin' 6:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Free Again ((alt vocal)) 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Every Day As We Grow Closer ((original mono mix)) 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Come On Honey ((original mono mix)) 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The EMI Song (Smile For Me) ((original mono mix)) 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. All I Really Want Is Money ((original mono mix)) 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. If You Would Marry Me Babe ((demo)) 1:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. It Isn't Always That Easy ((demo)) 2:320.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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* In 1969, Alex Chilton, the former lead singer of the chart-topping Box Tops entered Ardent Studios in Memphis to make an album. He was a couple of years away from forming Big Star, but these, his first solo recordings - eventually released in the 1990s as "1970" - display the same skills and idiosyncrasies that would characterise his career right up until his untimely death in 2010.

* The album, originally slated for either the Atlantic label or the Beach Boys' Brother Records, features a diverse range of mostly original material by Chilton, including the commercial `Free Again', the proto-Big Star sound of `Something Deep Inside,' and the sublime ballads `Every Day As We Grow Closer' and `The EMI Song'.

* Big Beat's new expanded edition of "1970" features both unreleased period mono mixes, and fresh remixes done at Ardent Studios, and it also adds three previously unissued songs including the fragile outtake `All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain'.

* In-depth sleeve notes by Alec Palao and previously unseen photos help in the reappraisal of this underrated pop-rock gem.

* Also available as a limited edition clear vinyl LP release.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Extended Version of "1970" 8 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
This extended re-release of "1970" has 3 "new" songs and 5 alternate versions of songs from the original release. "All We Ever Got from you is Pain" is an outstanding and surprising addition. With its great melody and beautiful Simon and Grafunkel harmonies from Chilton and Terry Manning, it is easily one of the best songs on the collection.

"It Isn't Always that Easy" is an acoustic song that stylewise easily could have been an outtake from Big Star's "#1 Record", Which is not particularly surprising since all those recordings were made in the period between his Boxtops time and the formation of Big Star, hence the title "1970."

"If You Would Marry Me" is obviously a demo, showing Chilton is at his more poppy side accompanied by just a piano.

The 5 alternate versions are not markedly different, and I believe you have to know the earlier versions very well, to notice differences.

Comments to the earlier 1996 version:

After the dissolution of the Box Top in 1969 Alex Chilton began to record music for his first solo album. This happened over a longer period during of 1970. Like the early Big Star the album is recorded in John Fry's Ardent Studios, and Chilton are musically supported by Ardent acquaintances such as as producer and mulitiinstrumentalist Terry Manning and drummer Richard Rosebrough.

Logically the music places itself somewhere between the soul-pop sound of the Box Tops and the more progressive power-pop-oriented sound of Big Star. Unfortunately when the album was finished and ready for release Chilton failed to find a satisfactory agreement with a record company, and he soon became heavily involved in his new band Big Star, so the recordings were shelved and soon forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Extended Version of "1970" 24 Feb 2012
By Morten Vindberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This extended re-release of "1970" has 3 "new" songs and 5 alternate versions of songs from the original release. "All We Ever Got from you is Pain" is an outstanding and surprising addition. With its great melody and beautiful Simon and Grafunkel harmonies from Chilton and Terry Manning, it is easily one of the best songs on the collection.

"It Isn't Always that Easy" is an acoustic song that stylewise easily could have been an outtake from Big Star's "#1 Record", Which is not particularly surprising since all those recordings were made in the period between his Boxtops time and the formation of Big Star, hence the title "1970."

"If You Would Marry Me" is obviously a demo, showing Chilton is at his more poppy side accompanied by just a piano.

The 5 alternate versions are not markedly different, and I believe you have to know the earlier versions very well, to notice differences.

Comments to the earlier 1996 version:

After the dissolution of the Box Top in 1969 Alex Chilton began to record music for his first solo album. This happened over a longer period during of 1970. Like the early Big Star the album is recorded in John Fry's Ardent Studios, and Chilton are musically supported by Ardent acquaintances such as as producer and mulitiinstrumentalist Terry Manning and drummer Richard Rosebrough.

Logically the music places itself somewhere between the soul-pop sound of the Box Tops and the more progressive power-pop-oriented sound of Big Star. Unfortunately when the album was finished and ready for release Chilton failed to find a satisfactory agreement with a record company, and he soon became heavily involved in his new band Big Star, so the recordings were shelved and soon forgotten.

Although several of the tracks have since appeared on various compilations, the album was first released in 1996 in its entirety.

The album opens with three bluesy numbers, which do not differ substantially from the Box Top sound, and none of them are really interesting. Hereafter things begin to change for the much better. "Free Again", known from "Bach's Bottom", is here in an early countryinfluenced version and vocally Chilton begins to sound more like we know him from Big Star.

"Something Deep Inside Of Me" is a nice pop number, sung with soulful vocals by Chilton - a recording that could very well go to have Box Tops.

The ironic "All I really Want is Money, would hardly have found its way into a Box Top album, though Alex singing with his well-known early "soul" vocals.

"I Wish I Could Meet Elvis" is a fun mix of rock and country, and certainly one of the album's best tracks. Chilton here sounds very much as we know him from Big Star. "The Happy Song" is another fine Chilton number which was actually also recorded by the Box Top and released on the group's last album "Dimensions" - a cute catchy melody.

The album's absolute highlight is the ballad "Every Day As We Grow Closer". Very beautiful melody, sensitive Chilton sung with fine vocal harmonies - a number that could easily go as Big Star, but without the ringing guitars that characterize the group.

"The EMI Song" is another fine ballad, though not quite on par with the previous.

The album finishes with two cover numbers. First "Jumping Jack Flash", given in a raw and unpolished version that could easily remind you on the musical approach of "Bach's Bottom". This is even more obvious on "Sugar Sugar", which is set down in pace, and given a heavy and punky treatment. The vocals are fairly loose, but definitely entertaining - interesting that already in 1970 music that almost only can be described as punk was being recorded.

Although the album as a whole probably comes out somewhat uneven, there is much to go for, and for fans of Big Star and Chilton this is obviuosly a must.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE IMPORT VERSION TRACK LISTING! 16 Jan 2012
By ginchopolis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is an errant Amazon listing for the import version - showing 22 tracks. This is old and incorrect information. The import carries the same 20 tracks as the US version. Those two tracks will be included on a future release. In addition, there is no digital download for the LP. That info is incorrect, as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 6 April 2012
By G. Brozeit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Listening to Free Again, one has to be constantly reminded that these recordings are more than 40 years old. The songs are as fresh and vibrant today as they were when they were recorded.

Anyone familiar with Alex Chilton understands why, as the Replacements song goes, children by the millions scream for Alex Chilton. Or at least they should. Much like Gram Parsons, Chilton's music is arguably more influential than it was commercially successful. It is easy to visualize a young Tom Petty, Paul Westerberg, or Jeff Tweedy listening to Chilton and trying to figure out chords and lyrics.

Every song on the album is good, but I particulary like Free Again, The EMI Song (Smile for Me) and The Happy Song. I'm really thankful the producers brought out this gem to inspire future musicians.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuneful And Rockin' 5 Sep 2013
By Anthony Fernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great record from Alex Chilton. Such cool songs. Really has that feel of the first two Big Star records Big Star/#1 Record. Just discovered this album and it rocks all the way through. Such a great songwriter and singer. Tuneful and greasy. The attitude on the cover of "Sugar Sugar" brings a smile as it rocks, stumbles and falls apart.

If you like Big Star you'll love this record. Just a great listen all the way through.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Alex and his music ... this is a "must have" 4 Mar 2013
By Carla Hyndman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The precursor to "Big Star" ... you can hear the roots of power pop being formed. His creative soul lives on all of his music. If you are a new listener to his craft .. explore it all and don't neglect his stint with Tav Falco, either.
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