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Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Tod Nelson

A two-for-one combo of the first two Big Star albums (they only recorded three). Heard side by side, #1 Record and Radio City only add further testament to Big Star's seminal greatness. On the first album, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton share songwriting credit, though each brings a remarkably different sensibility to the band: Bell creates pure pop nuggets ("Feel") while Chilton swaggers with reckless melancholy ("Ballad of El Goodo," "Thirteen."). After Bell's departure, Chilton took control of the helm for Radio City, and what a ride it is. While not abandoning Bell's penchant for pop, Radio City careens wildly through some of the most exhilarating music ever created, from the rave-up opener, "O My Soul," to the pure pop masterpiece "September Girls" to the whimsical ditty "I'm in Love with a Girl." It's too bad that Big Star didn't create more albums, but thank God they made the ones they did.

Tracks
1. Feel13. O My Soul
2. The Ballad Of El Goodo14. Life Is White
3. In the Street15. Way Out West
4. Thirteen16. What's Going Ahn
5. Don't Lie To Me17. You Get What You Deserve
6. The India Song18. Mod Lang
7. When My Baby's Beside Me19. Back of a Car
8. My Life Is Right20. Daisy Glaze
9. Give Me Another Chance21. She's a Mover
10. Try Again22. September Gurls
11. Watch the Sunrise23. Morpha Too
12. St 100/624. I'm in Love With a Girl

 

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Artist: Big Star

Released: June 10, 1974

Availability: CD, Vinyl

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