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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RYKODISC
  • ASIN: B000ALLLRK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Three decades after their conception, break up and death of original band member Chris Bell, the improbable has happened. A very limited number of live appearances by founding members Jody Stephens and Alex Chilton, alongside Posies co-founders Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, led to the revitalized Big Star recording a dozen newly-written songs at Memphis' Ardent Studios. This is also where the group cut the hugely influential #1 Record, Radio City and Third/Sister Lovers albums which the enigmatic Chilton would later all but dismiss, rendering his decision to make another Big Star LP all the more intriguing.

"The difference between this Big Star record and previous records is that this time we know people will at least hear it," says co-founder and drummer Jody Stephens about In Space, the storied band's first all-new album since Third/Sister Lovers was recorded in 1975.

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I think fans may tend to judge this album a bit too hard. I had pretty low expectations about it, so I was a bit surprised that it wasn't worse. I don't like what Alex Chilton has done as a solo artist, and I don't like everything he does here either. "Hung Up With Summer" is a very good song, and there are some other nice ones, such as "Dony" and "Turn My Back On The Sun". The album doesn't stick too much to the Big Star - formula. It's a bit self-indulgent at times, as one could expect from Alex Chilton. I don't think it's fair to compare it to the two first albums. They probably shouldn't have used the name. However this is a nice addition to a fans collection. It's at least much better than Alex Chilton's solo efforts.
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It was really a big ( and great ) surprise, when I read in a magazine this Spring that Big Star had been in the studio to record a new album; now it has finally been released - the first new studio album for 30 years.

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Alex Chilton was always the key-member of Big Star, but original drummer and occasioanal singer Jody Stephens is also still there. New members are guitarist and singer Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, bass keyboards and vocals.

I was a little anxious that the album would be a big disappointment ( reunion albums often are!!), but having heard the opening track "Dony", written and sung by Chilton, on the internet, my expectations grew. This actually sounded like Big Star. "Dony" is a typical Chilton/Big Star power-rocker with great guitar riffs.

The album continues with Jon Auer's "Lady Sweet", an absolute highlight on the album; a beautiful song with great vocals ( both lead and harmonies ) that evokes memories of "Thirteen" and "Ballad of El Goodo" from the first album.

High standards are kept with Jody Stephens' "Best Chance We've Ever Had" - fine track that really sounds like Big Star.

From here the album becomes slightly more uneven. Stephens contributes another highlight with "February's Quiet" and Stringfellow's Beach Boys inspired "Turn My Back to the Sun" is quite good.

It's not that the songs with Chilton in front are bad; they just sound less like original Big Star. "Mine Exclusively" is a funky/soul number, sounding very much like a 1960's track ("Heat Wave") - great vocals from Chilton. "Love Revolution" is another very different track; a disco/funky/dance type a track, that some will love and others probably will hate.
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I only recently found out about this fourth and final studio recording from Big Star so, curiosity getting the better of me despite the mixed reviews, I forked out all of £2 for it on Amazon. Well, it's certainly a mixed bag! The first 4 tracks stick to the Big Star template and they're all worth a listen. Then things start to go a bit awry. "Love Revolution" is bad Haircut 100 (yes that bad!), "A Whole New Thing" is like a mediocre pub band trying to play rock and roll from the early 60s, and "Aria Largo" sounds like guitar beginners attempting a piece of baroque music, which is what this is. In between, you get one or two serviceable tracks notably "Hung Up With Summer" before finishing off with "Makeover" where you get shouty vocals over a basic 60s RnB track.

In other words, Alex Chilton cemented his "difficult" reputation with this one! However, I'm happy in that I satisfied my curiosity and feel I got my money's worth!
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It was really a big ( and great ) surprise, when I read in a magazine this Spring that Big Star had been in the studio to record a new album; now it has finally been released - the first new studio album for 30 years.

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Alex Chilton was always the key-member of Big Star, but original drummer and occasioanal singer Jody Stephens is also still there. New members are guitarist and singer Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, bass keyboards and vocals.

I was a little anxious that the album would be a big disappointment ( reunion albums often are!!), but having heard the opening track "Dony", written and sung by Chilton, on the internet, my expectations grew. This actually sounded like Big Star. "Dony" is a typical Chilton/Big Star power-rocker with great guitar riffs.

The album continues with Jon Auer's "Lady Sweet", an absolute highlight on the album; a beautiful song with great vocals ( both lead and harmonies ) that evokes memories of "Thirteen" and "Ballad of El Goodo" from the first album.

High standards are kept with Jody Stephens' "Best Chance We've Ever Had" - fine track that really sounds like Big Star.

From here the album becomes slightly more uneven. Stephens contributes another highlight with "February's Quiet" and Stringfellow's Beach Boys inspired "Turn My Back to the Sun" is quite good.

It's not that the songs with Chilton in front are bad; they just sound less like original Big Star. "Mine Exclusively" is a funky/soul number, sounding very much like a 1960's track ("Heat Wave") - great vocals from Chilton. "Love Revolution" is another very different track; a disco/funky/dance type a track, that some will love and others probably will hate.
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