#1 Record/Radio City Original recording remastered
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1) Regards #1 RECORD as an all-time masterpiece, loves or likes RADIO CITY a lot, has a problem with SISTER LOVERS -- it's too acid-casualty incoherent.
2) Regards SISTER LOVERS as an all-time masterpiece, loves or likes RADIO CITY a lot, has a problem with #1 RECORD -- it's too slick and commercial.
3) Regards RADIO CITY as an all-time masterpiece and loves both the other two in their own very different ways.
And, of course, some of us are "3+" -- they're all masterpieces in my book, but RADIO CITY is the creme de la creme.
Other reviewers have done a wonderful job of describing this music and its enormous influence on indy rock. However, some have repeated the rather pernicious myth about the commercial failure of the listener-friendly #1 RECORD: that radio programmers didn't like it, that the record's sound was somehow wrong for its time.
There are folks at BILLBOARD and CASHBOX magazines who were paid well to listen to new releases and report on their commercial potential. Here's what BILLBOARD said on 9/9/72: "Each and every cut on this album has the inherent potential to become a blockbuster single. The ramifications are positively awesome." Boy, hedging their bet, huh? Here's CASHBOX a week later: "An important album that should go to the top with proper handling.Read more ›
"The Ballad Of El Goodo" - George Harrison-esque, shimmering ballad with stunning harmonies and guitars. One of the most celebrated examples of Chilton's genius.
"In The Street" - The feel-good Chris Bell classic that was used in "That 70's Show" (warning: that version was done by Cheap Trick!)
"Thirteen" - Another Chilton gem. Gorgeous acoustics, tender and somewhat striking lyrics. A great, honest portrait of youth.
"Way Out West" - Oh, those guitars...Read more ›
The attention finally brought vocalist/songwriter Alex Chilton back to his Big Star catalog, and along with original drummer Jody Stephens and the Posies' Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, a reconstituted Big Star recorded a live album at Missouri University, Columbia.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unheard of until recently. A real eclectic range of songs. Some hidden gems. Gets more interesting the more you play it.Published 1 month ago by Baljit S. Grewal
Great album! I feel this band really is underated and it's too bad cuz the both #1Record and Radio City are great, i feel these are comparable to some of the greats.Published 1 month ago by Spencer Clizer
There are so many things to love about these albums. The recording and mix of these albums amazing holds up. Much better than other bands of their ilk in the early 70's.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great rock songs that are perfectly written and performed. If you like R.E.M. or other bands of that type, Big Star was one of their biggest influences. This is a superb CD!Published 8 months ago by Carl Thaxton
No one would say this is a horrible album, but it's easy to see why it never went anywhere.
The are no "rockers" on it. It's somewhat boring. No raw songs at all. Read more