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It’s no wonder why Big Star’s shimmering 1972 debut became a go-to for future power-pop/rock legends like Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, and The Replacements. Primary songwriters Chris Bell and ex-Box Tops singer Alex Chilton were a brilliant team that created sing-along anthems with gorgeous guitar and vocal hooks. The horn-stoked “Feel,” the psych-folk popper “The Ballad of El Goodo,” and the soul-deep “When My Baby’s Beside Me” are downright inescapable. The acoustic-driven heartbreakers sting the most, such as the yearning lament “Thirteen” and the valentine to regret “Give Me Another Chance.”  

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4 1/2 is what I would really give this album.

It's odd how this album grows on you. If you dive into it thinking of it as a classic it's going to be dissappointing, because truthfully, it's just nice. It has a sort of charming homey effect. It's not by any means brilliant; it's just solid songwriting. That's the beauty of it. Four guys in the early 70s in a small town joining together to write a few remarkable songs. That to me is what makes it cult status and never beyond. Musically it's the sound of 4 musically diverse people in a small town rocking out, and that's all the album needs to be. Give it a few listens:
Favs ----> Watch the Sunrise, Give Me Another Chance, and Thirteen

Ahead of its time

You would not believe this was written in the 70s given its alternative sound. It is constantly considered one of the most influential records of the power pop sound that just wasn’t given the credit it deserved. Ardent and Stax just didn’t know what to do with this in their Memphis catalog. Give it a listen for The Ballad of El Goodo, Thirteen, In the Street, hell ALL of the tracks are great. Then go listen to Radio City and then don’t forget I Am The Cosmos! If you want to learn about the early days of alternative music, then this is where you start!


One of the best power pop records ever


Formed: 1971 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The quintessential American power pop band, Big Star remains one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll. Originally led by the singing and songwriting duo of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, the Memphis-based group fused the strongest elements of the British Invasion era -- the melodic invention of the Beatles, the whiplash guitars of the Who, and the radiant harmonies of the Byrds -- into a ramshackle but poignantly beautiful sound that recaptured the spirit of pop's past...
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