on 14 September 2010
In 1992, Rykodisc released what is still widely recognized as the definitive edition of this album, with a whopping 19 tracks. However, this release by 4 Men With Beards is most welcome, it is beautifully presented, with quality 180g vinyl. An absoulute must for fans of vinyl, it's worth the price alone just for the song 'For You' which sounds just sublime in the format.
This tracklisting is how Alex Chilton originally intended and very different to the CD Rykodisc release, it flows better as an album. This is Big Star at their very best, a great album
on 14 December 2013
As a huge fan of Big Star's #1 Record and Radio City, I never bothered with 3RD due to its chaotic reputation and the poor quality of Alex Chilton's post Big Star material.
Having time on my hands following an operation I decided to give 3RD a listen on Grooveshark. Wow! This is a stunning album. Yes sometimes it is bleak and disturbing(Holocaust and the even more out there Kangaroo), but even in its darkest moments the quality of the songwriting is jaw dropping. After three albums of top notch music you can see why Alex Chilton went a bit bitter and strange. Why he and Big Star were ignored and did not become huge is a complete mystery. Every song on this album is worth taking to your heart, special mention must be made for Jody Stephens song "For You".
The running order on this vinyl version is different from the Rykodisc edition(it also loses the bonus tracks), I agree with other reviewer's, the record flows better. The vinyl(as always), sounds lovely and the packaging is superb.
As The Replacements say on their song "Alex Chilton", "I never travel far, without a little Big Star".