Keep An Eye On The Sky Box set, Original recording remastered
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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".
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i WOULD HAVE PREFERRED THE 4 COMPLETE ALBUMS NUMBER 1 RECORD,RADIO cITY,LIVE AND THIRD / SISTER LOVERS - THE 3 ORIGINAL ALBUMS ARE ALL THERE BUT ALOT OF TRACKS AS ALTERNATE... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. D. I. Longstaff
A fantastic career spanning cd set with informative bookletPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Like many other music lovers I'm sure, Big Star's music came into my life thanks to a Mojo special listing the greatest rock albums of all time (Pet Sounds was listed at 1). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mohammad A. Rahman
Big Star Compilation Album with 4 CD's is jaw dropping brilliant. At a price of near to £13, I brought it & appreciated the quick delivery. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Paul
Even if you have the original albums this is a must buy for the demo's and alterations takesPublished 15 months ago by smith kh
It's 9 stars for the content and one star for the packaging making it a 5 star purchase overall for me. The content is essential to any music collection. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Archie
Alex Chilton passed away yesterday at the age of 59 - all the other fans here have picked over the ups & downs of his career. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2010 by Mr. A. W. Riggs