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Radio City

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RADIO CITY is the 1974 follow up to Big Star's debut, #1 RECORD. The critically acclaimed, Memphis-based band is often credited with creating the power pop sound, and has become a cult favorite over the years. Remastered from the analog stereo masters. Packaging includes new liner notes penned by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, who cites Big Star as one of his biggest influences. One half of Big Star's songwriting duo, Chris Bell, made the decision to leave the band following the 1972 release of #1 RECORD, which left Alex Chilton at the helm as primary songwriter on album number two. Chilton was able to use this opportunity to shine and prove himself to be an incredible songwriter on his own. In his liner notes, Mike Mills writes, ''On RADIO CITY, Chilton confirms his place as one of the best songwriters in rock and roll. While 'September Gurls' may be the best-known song from this album, every other song here is one that I wish I'd written.''

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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Pointless decoupling of the 2-fer SACD/hybrid disc from 2004. 15 Sep 2014
By David Pearlman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album. 4-5 stars for the music. But you already knew that (or can find countless essays detailing the praise).

But this reissue gets only 3 stars. Why? Because, despite hype to the contrary, this is just a pointless decoupling of the 2-fer SACD/hybrid disc from 2004 #1 Record/Radio City. That 2004 2-fer offers the same sound as this one on the CD layer, and higher resolution sound on the SACD layer. And you get both albums on one disc for considerably less than buying them separately. And if you want one, you do want both albums.

Be careful. There are many reissues of the 2-fer:

1) Import on Line label from Germany
2) Import on Big Beat label (some variants missing 2 songs)
3) 1992 2-fer on Stax/Fantasy
4) 2004 2-fer SACD #1 Record/Radio City
5) 2009 2-fer on Stax/Concord.

The one you want to get is #4, the SACD. Avoid the 1992 and 2009 reissues, which have inferior sound.

One additional comment: This music was recorded with a lot of treble and not a huge amount of bass. That's how it sounds on the original vinyl, and that's apparently how it sounds on the master tapes. None of the reissues is an audiophile delight. But of the reissues, the SACD 2-fer is the one to get.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Great Upgrade 8 Sep 2014
By Robert Drucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm going to post the same review of this and #1 Record in their respective listings. This is a review of the 2014 releases on Concord.

The only CD copy I have ever heard of these two albums is the two-fer release from 1992 (NOT 2009). These both definitely represent upgrades in dynamic range and overall tone. The biggest improvement is the bass tone, by far. It sounds natural and clear. All instruments are more clear and present than they were on that CD release. This is not to disparage that release, and I certainly wouldn't call these releases necessary, or worse, "like hearing the music for the first time" (as a great reissue certainly can do), but that earlier CD really isn't that bad. It's a little bright, and there's definitely less dynamic range. Still, the improvements heard on these new reissues are noticeable.

As far as #1 Record is concerned, the album definitely sounds different from it's original LP release (which I have to compare to) and the 1992 CD. The instruments are more clear than ever before. On songs like "Feel" or any time there is an acoustic guitar, you can clearly hear their hands moving around the fingerboard and neck (sliding in-between notes). It's present on other releases, but even more so here. The intro to "Ballad of El Goodo" is noticeably more quiet than on the 1992 CD, with a greater and more effective buildup to that first chorus. "In The Street"'s guitars come way down in volume, which helps all the other instruments. And "Thirteen"'s acoustic guitars are more clear than ever, even more clear than on the original vinyl pressings. The hollow-body of the acoustic in the left channel is so clear and full, it really sounds like the guitar is in the room with you.

The only reservation I have with the release is some of the cymbal tones, and I have to assume for several reasons they did the best they can. The cymbals shine and are clear in a way I've never heard (on LP or CD) before. They are crisp and very hi-frequency (I think that's the way to put it). On the 1992 CD, in the guitar solo on "Feel", when the hi-hats are hit, they are kind of hard to really make out. Quite frankly, the original LP is similar. But they are very clear and "bright" (not in a bad way) on this new CD. Some of the acoustic numbers fare similarly. You can make out more detail than you could on the original LP and there's a shininess that's not really there. Of course I'm comparing it to a used, 40 year old copy, so it's worth taking with a grain of salt. PERSONALLY, I prefer the copy on vinyl. I like the quality of vinyl that sometimes merges frequencies. A well-kept used record just sounds nice to me. I don't need every instrument to be crystal clear and like it's in the room with me. That's just my personal preference. I love the sound of a slightly dirty, slightly crackly record. There is such clarity on this CD release that it's a bit worrisome at first, like you think they might have done too much or made it too bright. It'll really boil down to personal preference. This is a minor quibble, and the improved dynamic range and bass presence should make this an easy purchase if all you have is the 1992 CD (and I assume this will replace all previous CD editions). Don't forget, the original master tape was erased by Chris Bell (I think the whole thing, but perhaps just a portion. It's discussed in the Nothing Can Hurt Me doc).

On to Radio City.

I'll say much less about Radio City. Radio City sounds damn perfect. Again, the 1992 CD was a bit bright. Just like #1 Record, the bass is way better here and the dynamic range is great. Honestly, this CD is roughly as loud as the 1992 one. I kept my stereo at the same volume when comparing both, and they got to be roughly the same amount as loud. But in both cases, the new remasters have quieter quiet parts. The drums (especially the toms) are better sounding on this new CD. Whereas #1 Record is slightly cleaner than the original LP I have, I'd say the new CD edition is a very fair reproduction of the original LP (which I also have a copy of). It sounds great. I really have nothing more to say. I highly recommend the Radio City reissue without any of the (incredibly minor) caveats I put at the end of #1 Record.

In short, both albums sound great. They are both a little louder than their original LP counterparts, but they sound great, and for the low-price they are being sold for are definitely worth the upgrade for Big Star fans. For those coming to Big Star for the first time, spend the extra few bucks to get the albums separately (With CORRECT original artwork and fonts for the spines in both cases!)
Four Stars 22 Nov 2014
By jones w purcell jr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
sounds like the tele is clean into yhe mix board great
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Children by the Million Sing for Radio City 12 Sep 2014
By rockoverlondon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It comes as no shock that Radio City is a great album. I was glad to finally see it released on it's own. My one complaint would be that I never was able to find out if this version was newly remastered. I did some research but never came up with a definitive answer. I thought with the new Mike Mills liner notes, it was going to be a brand new release with newly remastered sound. The album sounds great but it would have been nice to know if I was getting a newly remastered album or if a previous remaster was used. Anyway, album is still amazing!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars 28 Sep 2014
By Gregory P. Carrier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The best digital version of this classic album. You need this.
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