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#1 Record Radio City (Bonus Track Version)

Big Star

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Though commercial failures in their day, Big Star’s #1 Record and Radio City are now recognized as brilliant examples of early power pop. Taken together, they document the brief but productive alliance of band co-founders Alex Chilton and Chris Bell. On #1 Record, Chilton’s darker instincts are tempered by Bell’s unaffected sweetness, resulting in luminous tracks like “The Ballad of el Goodo,” “Thirteen” and “Watch the Sunrise.” Bell’s minimal involvement in Radio City makes the band’s second album a much edgier affair. Chilton moves away from the wistful romanticism of the first release towards the angst-ridden stance of his later solo work. “You Get What You Deserve” and “Life Is White” are spiky, tormented tunes, while “Daisy Glaze” achieves a vaguely disquieting delicacy. “September Gurls,” Radio City’s best-known tune, is a yearning love song with a heat-tugging hook. In hindsight, it seems amazing that Big Star’s first two albums didn’t yield a string of hits. Nearly 40 years on, they endure for their bruised innocence and irresistible charm.

Customer Reviews

RIP Alex Chilton

Thanks for the great music and influence Alex!

I love these pop rock songs!!!

Each of these songs have a great pop sensibility. I enjoy the trip-hop romantic lyrics and the melodies are very beautiful. I hate to compare the music to other artists, but many of these songs remind me of George Harrison's solo work -- albeit without so much spirituality. It's amazing that I am first listening to Big Star for the first time here in the year 2009!?! This album has plenty of songs, and this is a good price for so many songs.

Great Rock!

This is a great collection of songs. I wish I could of heard it when it was new so long ago. Better late than never. Buy this album and introduce someone to Big Star!


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 which recaptured the spirit...
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