Big Star #1 Record / Radio City

#1 Record / Radio City
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2 Original LPs on 1 CD

CD Details

  • Released: July 17, 1992
  • Originally Released: 1992
  • Label: Fantasy

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 2/1/73, p.44
"...NO. 1 RECORD isn't revolutionary--the group works within the well-defined forms--it's just exceptionally good..."
Spin - p.119
"Alex Chilton's peppy post-Box Tops combo finds the place where Memphis R&B howlers dress in '70s SoCal casual and life is right."
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4 Stars - Excellent
Alternative Press - 12/92, p.78
"...Their perfect ballads and ecstatic white-hot pop were bright flames of inspired creation..."

Tracks:

  • 1.Feel
  • 2.The Ballad Of El Goodo
  • 3.In The Street
  • 4.Thirteen
  • 5.Don't Lie To Me
  • 6.The India Song
  • 7.When My Baby's Beside Me
  • 8.My Life Is Right
  • 9.Give Me Another Chance
  • 10.Try Again
  • 11.Watch The Sunrise
  • 12.ST 100/6
  • 13.In the Street [Single Mix]
  • 14.O My Soul [Mono Version]
  • 15.Life Is White
  • 16.Way out West
  • 17.What's Going Ahn
  • 18.You Get What You Deserve
  • 19.Mod Lang
  • 20.Back of a Car
  • 21.Daisy Glaze
  • 22.She's a Mover
  • 23.September Gurls
  • 24.Morpha Too
  • 25.I'm in Love with a Girl
  • 26.O My Soul [Mono Version][Mix]

Product Description:

2 LPs on 2 CDs: NO. 1 RECORD (1972)/RADIO CITY (1974).
Big Star: Alex Chilton, Chris Bell (vocals, guitar); Andy Hummel (vocals, piano, bass); Jody Stephens (vocals, drums).
Additional personnel: Danny Jones, Richard Rosebrough.
NUMBER 1 RECORD recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee in the Summer and Fall of 1972. Originally released on Ardent in 1972.
RADIO CITY recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee in the Fall of 1973. Originally released on Ardent in 1974.
2 LPs on 1 CD: NO. 1 RECORD (1972)/RADIO CITY (1974).
Big Star: Andy Hummell (bass instrument, background vocals); Chris Bell (background vocals); Jody Stephens, Alex Chilton.
Personnel: Chris Bell , Alex Chilton (vocals, guitar); Andy Hummell (vocals); Jody Stephens (drums).
Additional personnel: Danny Jones, Richard Rosebrough.
Liner Note Authors: Rick Clark; Brian Hogg.
Recording information: Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN (1972-1973).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Alex Chilton; Chris Bell ; Andy Hummell; Jody Stephens.
Big Star can be ranked alongside the Velvet Underground and the Sex Pistols as one of the major inspirations for the indie and alternative rock movements. The group's first two albums, collected here on one disc, have influenced everyone from R.E.M. to Teenage Fanclub to the Replacements to Nirvana. Their debut, #1 RECORD, combined the melodiousness and perfectly arranged feel of the mid-period Beatles with the raw rock kick of the early Kinks and the jangly country-rock beauty of the Byrds. "Feel," "Don't Lie To Me," and "When My Baby's Beside Me" feature stinging guitar licks, punchy rhythms, and hooks galore, and sound like someone discovering rock & roll for the first time. Alex Chilton's "Give Me Another Chance" and Chris Bell's "Try Again," on the other hand, are acoustic ballads with exquisitely beautiful, layered harmonies. Chilton's "13" and "The Ballad of El Goodo" are bright, unforgettable paeans to innocence.
RADIO CITY, the only other record released during Big Star's existence (BIG STAR'S THIRD, aka SISTER LOVERS, wasn't released for several years), is equally enthralling. Chilton wrote some of his finest proto-power-pop songs on this album, including "Mod Lang," "Back of a Car," and the sparkling, perfectly constructed "September Gurls," which has taken its place among the all-time rock song gems. Much has been made of Big Star's lack of commercial success, but the influence of #1 RECORD and RADIO CITY on rock history has been considerable, and the recordings sound as fresh and irresistibly listenable today as when they were released.

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  • Sales Rank: 35,976
  • UPC: 888072314573
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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