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  • Audio CD (27 April 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import
  • Label: Stax Records/Concord Jazz
  • ASIN: B0001Z4OVK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I'm amazed this sonic nugget seems to have eluded so many - especially given the reputation these two stunning Seventies albums have. But if you're on the fence as to how good a CD (or SACD) can sound - then look no further.

USA released April 2004 - "No.1 Record/Radio City" by BIG STAR on Stax/Fantasy/Universal SXSA-60025-6 (Barcode 025218732369) - this SACD HYBRID will play on standard CD players as well as those encoded with Super Audio CD Playback (73:38 minutes).

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
21. She's A Mover
22. September Gurls
23. Morpha Too
24. I'm In Love With A Girl

"No. 1 Record" (tracks 1 to 12) was USA released June 1972 on Ardent Records ADS-2803 while "Radio City" (tracks 13 to 24) followed in January 1974 on Ardent ADS-1501. Neither LP received an original UK release at the time - but both were clumped together as a budget-priced double-album package on Stax SXSP 302 in 1978. There have been various CD reissues of the albums ever since - most notably by England's Ace Records on their subsidiary label Big Beat and Rhino's superb 2009 American 4CD Box Set "Keep An Eye On The Sky" which features outtakes and alternates from both of these recording sessions.

But back to 2004.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars for another what-could-have-been rock band 20 April 2014
By M. Oleson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For more information on "Big Star" you might want to check out the excellent documentary film "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Now" (2012).

#1 RECORD: This first album by the short-lived Big Star shows what could have been. Of the 12 tracks on this disc, all but two were written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, both of whom also play guitar and handle vocals. Of the other two, one was co-written by Bell and the other was written by bassist Andy Hummel. These guys, along with drummer Jody Stephens had a beautiful sound, remininscent of Buffalo Springfield, CSN & Y and the Byrds. They also appeared to be influenced by the Beatles, especially their early writing. The band is easy to listen to, emphasizing great harmonies. Track 4, "Thirteen," is an especially beautiful song, even if the lyrics, telling of a teenage crush, may seem juvenile to some.

RADIO CITY: Big Star's second album, released a year after their 1972 debut is more up-tempo rock. By then, co-founder Chris Bell had left the band, so it's no surprise they took more direction from Alex Chilton's writing. He wrote 6 of the 12 songs alone and co-wrote 5 others. Andy Hummel wrote "Way Out West." The band cohesion is still very good at this point and they remained technically excellent. Personally, I think the first album is a bit stronger due to Chris Bell writing and vocal skills.

Both albums come on a single Hybrid SACD (Super Audio CD) which uses DSD (Direct Stream Digital) processing. The audio quality is stunning. If you don't have a player with SACD capabilities, this disc will work in standard CD players. One note of caution however. In spite of the big label slapped onto the case, this album is NOT multichannel, that is 5.1. It is stereo but it is a beautiful re-creation of the band's albums. A first rate reproduction of a forgotten and never fully realized rock band.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This SACD features a beautiful remastering that tones down the considerable high end harshness ... 11 Oct. 2014
By Ephi82 - Published on Amazon.com
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This SACD features a beautiful remastering that tones down the considerable high end harshness of the original.

The Tel's and Strats still chime and ring, but they dont pierce the ears as on the original master.

This is a must buy for Big Star fans even if you don't have a player that can handle SACD's. The CD layer has all the advantages listed above
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Star 1 & 2 SACD 19 July 2011
By top5jimmy53 - Published on Amazon.com
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Two things that can usually doom a listening experience is to be drowned in "this is the greatest album ever" hype by well-meaning but overzealous fans; the other is to get the academic treatment as in "this band influenced blah blah blah, and blah blah music or band couldn't have existed without them." To consider the first claim, this is a really great rock & roll album. It won't save your life, bring back that girl/guy who dumped you when you believed you were soul mates forever, and it probably won't clean your gutters either. As to the second, sure, it was an influence on lots of bands, but so were the Beatles, Byrds, Stones, etc., and with all due respect to Big Star, I'm pretty certain that Cheap Trick, Petty, Replacements and all the other bands that obviously found some inspiration in these records would be with us, even if these records were not. So, honestly, ignore the hype, these are both great albums, and if you like most of the bands I've mentioned, then yes, you are a perfect candidate for Big Star.
I didn't pick up on them until the 2cnd album (Radio City) showed up in the record store I worked at. I remembered really liking the album cover of #1 Record that I saw in a record shop a couple years before, so I cracked it open. First track "O My Soul" is pretty decent, funky white boy soul, and while it's playing I start reading (well, looking at) the back cover. Alex Chilton! I really liked the Box Tops, and especially Alex's voice, but this didn't sound like that Alex. Only later do I find out that that voice from "The Letter" was affected to sound older and blacker. No problem, his "real" voice is wonderful too. The second track "Life is White" plays, and while I'm looking through the Phonolog to order Big Star #1, a customer comes up and asks what album this is. Oh oh. By the third track I knew this was a keeper and we only had the one copy. I told him he had to wait until it was over, but being that this was a record store I felt that, if I turned somebody on to something, I wasn't going to tell him to go home empty-handed. Actually we kind of bonded over it, and when side one was over, he wanted to hear side two. We actually got to know each other, so see, Big Star will win you friends and influence people.
I ended up having to wait a couple weeks for a new copy, but as luck would have it my order of the first album showed up the same day, along with three copies of the new one. OK, here's where I go into hype mode, sorta. I listened to both albums every day for weeks after, finding that they only got better. I've never been without copies, and for a nearly 40 year old album, it is quite a remarkable feat that it still sounds fresh and vibrant now. No moss gathered on these albums.
As great an album as #1 Record was, I have to give Radio City the nod, by a hair. That said, my favorite two Big Star songs are on #1 Record. "Feel" is as good an opener as I've heard, and "Thirteen" just melted me when I heard it. If I could have written a song to a girl when I was in junior high, this would have said it all, but it still makes me smile today. Chris Bell is not involved (a couple writing credits) on Radio City, but Alex, Jody, and Andy don't miss a beat. If anything, it sounds even fuller than the first. Somebody once said (Zappa?) that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, so let's just leave it at this; it's beyond power pop, it's far more inventive and melodic than most "alternative" even though people often tie them to one of those forms. It's just damn good.
This is an SACD, and it sounds fabulous, but one of the really nice things about Big Star was that both records sounded beautiful back in the 70's. The interplay between the acoustic and electric guitars is so perfectly balanced you'd think it was recorded in the 90's, but the drums give it away as 1970's. They aren't limited to death, or augmented by dead sounding electronics. If you already own these albums and want an upgrade, you'll be a happy camper. If you're just curious about all the hoopla, get any version you like, but don't saddle them with unfair expectations, and put it on some speakers, not an iPod (at least for your first listen.) This album needs to move air, not bytes. It might turn out to be your new favorite album. And that would be a good thing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy these albums 3 July 2016
By Joe & Cheryl DeMattei - Published on Amazon.com
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Are you looking for an unappreciated band? Are you looking for a great album full of hooks? Do you like music? Are you a person? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, buy this double album pack. #1 Record is easily one of the greatest records of all time. It's pop, it's rock, it's an absolute masterpiece. While I like #1 Record better, Radio City is an absolute stunner of an album too.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stellar Music and unbelievable Sound Quality!! 29 Oct. 2004
By Arvind Mohindra - Published on Amazon.com
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First and foremost both the individual albums - #1 Record and Radio City are stellar albums epitomizing or rather considered to be originators of the concept of "power pop"

Liner Notes begin by quoting Encylopedia Britannica - Big Star: American band that during its brief existence in the early 1970s helped define power pop, a style in which bright melodies and tunefully boyish vocals are propelled by urgent rhythms (Encylopedia Britannica).

Incidentally, Rolling Stones recent listing of Top 500 albums of all times gives due credit to Big Star by putting in all 3 studio albums ever released by the band at # 403 (Radio City), # 438 (#1 Record), and # 456 (Third/Sister Lovers). Very few bands have indeed 100% of the catalogue in Top 500 listing. (Incidentally, Nick Drake's all 3 albums make it to Top 500 albums - would love to get them on SACD versions).

# 1 Record and Radio City differ in style due to Chris Bell's departure in second album (though he contributed on a few tracks but was not credited). Notable songs from both albums are Feel, Ballad of El Gordo, In the street (which was recently covered by Cheap Trick for TV series That '70s Show - hate the version by Cheap Trick! they had their moments at Budokan but this was not their moment), and notable September Gurls. ST 100/6 is a great track - under one minute and just breathtaking! Alex Chilton is superb and Chris Bell is equally great at taut compositions and great vocals.

Kudos to Stax / Fantasy for putting this album out (along with others such as Leo Kottke - 6 & 12 string guitar, Issac Hayes - Shaft, etc.)

The sound is simply unbelievable. I have a reasonable collection of Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, SACDs, DCC and other audiophile recordings and this recording is just stellar for the era it was recorded in. The transfer to SACD is beautiful and i am awaiting for the Third / Sister Lovers to be out on SACD to be able to hear Kanga-Roo (notably covered by Jeff Buckley - orginally by Alex Chilton from the third album)

Simply awesome sound! and beautiful music! stellar combination!
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