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Keep An Eye On The Sky Box set, Original recording remastered

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Product details

  • Audio CD (21 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B002BFO8HS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Psychedelic Stuff [Original Mix]
  2. All I See Is You (Remastered Album Version)
  3. Every Day As We Grow Closer [Original Mix]
  4. Try Again [Early Version]
  5. Feel (Remastered Album Version)
  6. The Ballad Of El Goodo
  7. In The Street [Alternate Mix]
  8. Thirteen [Alternate Mix]
  9. Don't Lie To Me (Remastered Album Version)
  10. The India Song [Alternate Mix]
  11. When My Baby's Beside Me [Alternate Mix]
  12. My Life Is Right [Alternate Mix]
  13. Give Me Another Chance [Alternate Mix]
  14. Try Again (Remastered Album Version)
  15. Gone With The Light (Remastered Album Version)
  16. Watch The Sunrise [Single Version]
  17. ST 100/6 [Alternate Mix]
  18. The Preacher [Excerpt]
  19. In The Street [Alternate Single Mix]
  20. Feel [Alternate Mix]
  21. The Ballad Of El Goodo [Alternate Lyrics]
  22. The India Song [Alternate Version]
  23. Country Morn (Flexi-disc single from Back Of A Car fanzine) (1995)
  24. I Got Kinda Lost [Demo]
  25. Back Of A Car [Demo]
  26. Motel Blues [Demo]

Disc: 2

  1. There Was A Light [Demo]
  2. Life Is White [Demo]
  3. What's Going Ahn [Demo]
  4. O My Soul (Remastered Album Version)
  5. Life Is White (Remastered Album Version)
  6. Way Out West
  7. What's Going Ahn (Remastered Album Version)
  8. You Get What You Deserve
  9. Mod Lang [Alternate Mix]
  10. Back Of A Car [Alternate Mix]
  11. Daisy Glaze (Remastered Album Version)
  12. She's A Mover (Remastered Album Version)
  13. September Gurls (Remastered Album Version)
  14. Morpha Too [Alternate Mix]
  15. I'm In Love With A Girl (Remastered Album Version)
  16. O My Soul [Alternate Version]
  17. She's A Mover [Alternate Version]
  18. Daisy Glaze [Rehearsal Version]
  19. I Am The Cosmos (Remastered Album Version)
  20. You And Your Sister (Remastered Album Version)
  21. Blue Moon [Demo]
  22. Femme Fatale [Demo]
  23. Thank You Friends [Demo]
  24. Nighttime [Demo]
  25. Take Care [Demo]
  26. You Get What You Deserve [Demo]

Disc: 3

  1. Lovely Day [aka Stroke It Noel] [Demo]
  2. Downs [Demo]
  3. Jesus Christ [Demo]
  4. Holocaust [Demo]
  5. Big Black Car [Alternate Demo]
  6. Manana
  7. Jesus Christ (Remastered Album Version)
  8. Femme Fatale (Remastered Album Version)
  9. "O, Dana (Remastered Album Version)"
  10. Kizza Me (Remastered Album Version)
  11. You Can't Have Me (Remastered Album Version)
  12. Nightime (Remastered Album Version)
  13. Dream Lover (Remastered Album Version)
  14. Big Black Car (Remastered Album Version)
  15. Blue Moon (Remastered Album Version)
  16. Holocaust (Remastered Album Version)
  17. Stroke It Noel (Remastered Album Version)
  18. For You (Remastered Album Version)
  19. Downs (Remastered Album Version)
  20. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Remastered Album Version)
  21. Kanga Roo (Remastered Album Version)
  22. Thank You Friends (Remastered Album Version)
  23. Take Care (Remastered Album Version)
  24. Lovely Day (Previously Unissued)
  25. Till The End Of The Day (Alternate Mix) (Remastered Album Version)
  26. Nature Boy [Alternate Mix]

Disc: 4

  1. "When My Baby's Beside Me [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  2. "My Life Is Right [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  3. "She's A Mover [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  4. "Way Out West [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  5. "The Ballad Of El Goodo [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  6. "In The Street [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  7. "Back Of A Car [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  8. "Thirteen [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  9. "The India Song [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  10. "Try Again [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  11. "Watch The Sunrise [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  12. "Don't Lie To Me [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  13. "Hot Burrito #2 [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  14. "I Got Kinda Lost [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  15. "Baby Strange [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  16. "Slut [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  17. "There Was A Light [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  18. "ST 100/6 [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  19. "Come On Now [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  20. "O My Soul [Live at Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN, January 1973]"
  21. Thirteen [Alternate Mix] (Video)

Product Description

Keep an Eye on the Sky spans 1968 to 1975 and shows the progression of cult power pop heroes Big Star through selections from such studio precursors as Rock City and Icewater; music from Big Star's acclaimed recordings (#1 Record, Radio City, and Third/Sister Lovers); and relevant solo work by group principals Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, who formed Big Star in 1971 with bassist Andy Hummel and drummer Jody Stephens.

The collection also uncovers a trove of unreleased demos, unused mixes, alternate versions of songs, and a 1973 concert recorded in Memphis. In these 98 tracks you can hear what turned artists as diverse as Cheap Trick, R.E.M., and The Replacements into Big Star fans. Spotlighting the band's roots, the boxed set opens with several songs recorded before Big Star formed, including "Try Again", one of the first songs Bell and Chilton wrote together. Those early cuts are followed by Big Star's 1972 debut #1 Record, reimagined here using a mix of album tracks and unreleased alternate mixes of favorites like "Thirteen", "When My Baby's Beside Me", and more. Among the disc's rarities are "Country Morn'" (issued as a flexi-disc single by a Big Star fanzine), the demo for "I Got Kinda Lost", and an unreleased acoustic demo of Chilton singing Loudon Wainwright's "Motel Blues".

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By Og Oggilby TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2009
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I'll get the one (minor) gripe I have with this collection over first, and that is this: when I bought the title from Amazon, it arrived somewhat flattened - the outer slipcase is a bit on the flimsy side for a four CD set and a sumptuous booklet. For over £40, I expected something a little more substantial. Beef over, it must be said that 'Keep An Eye on The Sky' does so much more than yoke together the Big Star recorded oeuvre. It's an excellent collection that enthrals and entertains, and because of the presence of many demo recordings and alternate takes of the bands' material, shows how songs were ultimately finessed and tweaked into the aural majesty that was their first two albums. The 'difficult' third album always divides opinion, but its rather more subdued and at times blurred contents makes for a stimulating contrast to the earlier stuff. The superior sound quality means that the rich meshing of the guitars is even more defined, chords ring and clang, acoustic guitars are crisp but resonant, and the bottom end has more presence. The great stuff is still great; the bonuses are pre-Big Star recordings which reveal in places a great debt to Revolver era Beatles, but much is there that would be refined and honed in Big Star.

Big Star is a project that Alex Chilton has come back to from time to time when he needs a few bob from a tour. He rarely speaks about anything these days, let alone Big Star, but 'Keep An Eye On The Sky' tells you all you'll need to know about Big Star, and that's plenty enough.
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The first time I stumbled across Big Star I was certain there had been a printing error. It said 1972. This cannot be, I thought. The sound is so crystal clear and the music so fresh and powerful that this just cannot have originated from the early 70s. Even the band members didn't look like they were of those times. When I learned there was no printing error I still found it hard to believe I was hearing something that was created almost 40 years ago. Through the years indulging my musical passion I have heard Big Star namechecked by so many artists, most noticeably The Replacements, and covered by others, most noticeably The Bangles. Having always been a sucker for a punchy, clear and precise sounding hook I knew I had to check out Big Star and duly acquainted myself with No.1 record and Radio City. I cannot remember how many times I have played these albums but I know it's many and their consistent ability to move me never dwindles. As soon as I learned of this box set, and knowing that the involvement of Rhino would ensure its quality, I was intrigued. How could a band who never enjoyed huge success financially or commercially be viable for a project like this? 4CDs is a lot to fill. Sure enough though, Rhino have pulled of one of the finest collections in their history bringing together pre-Big Star recordings, key album tracks, unreleased and alternative versions as well as a whole CD devoted to a fine sounding live performance that was supposedly made on a bad day (not that you would realise this). Put this together with a wonderfully researched book containing an intro from John Fry, founder of Ardent, as well as photos, recording notes and all the facts you need to know.Read more ›
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Big Star have the dubious distinction of being one of those bands, like The Rembrandts, whose most recognised track (In The Street) is known because of its use as a theme to a hit TV series (That 70's Show). However, this lack of general public awareness has not stopped the band's first three albums appearing in Rolling Stone's Top 500 Greatest Albums and their critical acclaim far outweighs the negligible commercial success the band had in their lifetime especially in comparison to similarly left-field contemporaries like Little Feat and Steely Dan. Along with their citation as influences by many subsequent artists, that lack of commercial success is arguably why Big Star have retained cult status while many other bands have soared commercially only to be deserted by the critics. Having said all this, their work undoubtedly has a timeless brilliance to it which warrants the accolades, especially their first two albums.

This set is a 4 disc collection of Big Star recorded and live material including several unreleased tracks and alternative versions of released material. Working backwards, the fourth disc is a live recording from 1973. The first three discs are allocated sequentially to the first three Big Star albums (a much later 2005 partial reunion album is ignored) but the first two of these consists of a slightly odd selection of the original album cuts combined with substitute tracks where an alternate (and presumably more appealing to the ears of the compilers at least?) mix exists. These are then bookended on each album by alternate versions and contemporary rarities.

So contrary to the impression you might get from the publicity material, this set is missing the original album mixes of a number of tracks.
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