- 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 | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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#1 Record/Radio City Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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!
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.Read more ›
It`s not often words do fail me - as any readers of my many other reviews would no doubt attest - but all that really needs to be said about this 2-CD collection of Big Star`s first two albums is that it is immaculate, superbly and wittily crafted pop-rock which deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as the very best bands of the 60s & 70s.
Imagine an amalgam of the Byrds (track 2 is a dead ringer), Beatles, Buffalo Springfield, Lovin` Spoonful, Crowded House...add a splash of soul, a dash of psychedelia, an echo of Alex Chilton`s excellent previous band the Box Tops, and a whole lot of something uniquely theirs, and you have the troubled, under-promoted purveyors of ecstatic pop that was Big Star.
No need for a track rundown. It is, as they say, all good.
It`s taken me nearly forty years to get to hear this great little band - who make a big noise with few instruments - and I now intend to wake up the neighbours with an inordinate number of playings of this tremendous disc.
Big Star had two advantages over many of their peers: the knack of writing great songs, and the ability to sing and play them to perfection. They make it all sound so easy too.
Big Star never lived up to their name in commercial terms - the whole sad story is outlined in the comprehensive booklet notes, made all the more poignant for Alex Chilton`s recent death - but they more than lived up to their promise in artistic terms.
What a band!
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I was familiar with Alex Chilton's recordings with The Box Tops long before I got around to hearing Big Star. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2012 by D. J. H. Thorn
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. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2009 by Red on Black
WOW! I used to pride myself on my knowledge of seventies rock but must admit that I'd never heard of Big Star until I heard a track on the radio a few weeks ago. Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2001
From the Led Zepplin style opener 'Feel' through the sublime 'Ballad Of El Goodo' to the classic 'September Gurls', an album of pure class. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2000