These recordings were among the first Chilton made after the dissolution of Big Star. Actually most Big Star members contribute to the album. Even Chris Bell has a brief solo on the 1993 reissue on the track "All of Time". In addition, Big Star acquaintances like Richard Rosebrough (drums), Andy Hummel (Keyboards), John Lightman (bass), along with producer Jon Tiven (guitars) are recurring characters on the recordíngs. Only Jody Stephens of the original Big Star line-up seems to be missing.
The best recordings, both sound like Big Star and have the Big Star qualities. "Close My Eyes," "All of the Time", "Free Again", "Jesus Christ" and "Singer Not the Song" and to a certain extent "Take Me Home and Make Me Like It" are welcome additions to the Big Star catalog.
The rest of the tracks sound more or less sound like unserious rehearsals and have much of a bootleg touch. Loose jams mixed with studio chatter.
The best recordings come a natural extension of "Sister Lovers" and even though half of the album can only appeal to hardcore fans, the best is so good that you ( as a Big Star fan) would not do without it.
For this 1992 reissue Jon Tiven has remixed and made new overdubs. In most cases this is done well, although I prefer the tracks without count-ins and studio chatter.
Moreover the great 1977 single "Bangkok"/"Can't Seem to Make You Mine" along with other rare studio-outtakes have been added.
i love this album. if you zonked out to big stars 3rd, relished the almost falling apart but miraculously holding together vibe of 'sherbet' then i'm certain you'll enjoy this - like both those records there are some totally together and brilliant songs here too but the real meat is in the ones that have that magical 'falling apart' quality. this is NOT an adverse critcism, it is one of LX Chiltons most brilliant qualities, capturing the moment of creation under adverse circumstances involving drink drugs physical violence and insisting (like kerouac before him) that the first take is always the best even when the band have never heard the song before. this makes for edge of seat listening, exciting and daring. LX hates this record because of the guy who apparently ripped him off by releasing it in dubious circumstances (John Tiven) but on a purely musical level its effing great - BUY! Perhaps send Alex a dollar or two seperately to even the score!!!