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on 3 September 2007
Recorded as a live radio broadcast shortly after the release of Big Star's second album 'Radio City', and stripped down to a three piece following the departure of Chilton's writing partner Chris Bell,this release is probably as valuable for the conversation between Alex Chilton and the radio host as much as for the music. Early on in proceedings, following a rather sloppy but nevertheless charming rendition of 'September Gurls', Chilton is told how in a rock publication called 'Zoo World' their new album is hailed as the album of the year, and it's only February. The host adds "You're getting an awful lot of acclaim for your new album man!". A rather world weary sounding Chilton (who was only 21 at the time), already a veteran of the music industry despite his relative youth, replies in his southern drawl "Just hope it sells, we've had critical acclaim before", a reference to their first album 'No.1 Record', a highly acclaimed commercial flop.

Musically there is a good representation of the first two Big Star albums. There is also a wonderful acoustic cover of Loudon Wainwright's 'Motel Blues', one of the highlights of the set. Certainly this album is a must for anyone with an interest in the the Big Star/Alex Chilton story, but for the uninitiated the CD of 'No.1 Record' and 'Radio City' is probably a better place to start.
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