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They didn't sell a lick when they were released, but over the years the two albums by Alex Chilton's post-Box Tops band Big Star have taken on almost a mythical quality, cited by power-popsters (a power pop zine, Mod Lang, is named after one of their songs) and indie-rockers (think R.E.M especially) as hugely influential. Now, Fantasy is reissuing these two American rock classics on one newly remastered CD, with the rare bonus tracks In the Street (single mix) and O My Soul (single edit) to boot! Contains a contender for greatest rock and roll song ever written, September Gurls .
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This is a wonderful pristine power pop punch of an album! Filled with happy sunny bliss harmonies. Radio City is a bit slowed down and quieter, but both together go really well. Although these albums didn't sell well and the band fell into obscurity.
If there are any fans of Teenage Fan Club, Velvet Crush or even R.E.M.- (just about any band who sings sweet sad songs, may have been inspired)You may LOVE Big Star - This is one of the first who entered into the power-pop genre. Although Chris Bell and Alex Chilton did model themselves after John Lennon & Paul McCartney.
Such a fun two-fer to listen to, and a total of 24 songs at 73 minutes- I just love it! - 5 stars
Several songs were used in the tv series "That 70's Show" including the tune they use for the opening credits.
I dig every song on these two records except "Don't Lie to Me," which is just plain bad, and "When My Baby's Beside Me," which has a sissy chorus I can't stand. Oddly enough, these were the two songs released as singles back in 1972; geez! no wonder the record flopped! I can't imagine any of the cool guys I knew in the '70s who would play an occasional James Taylor or Cat Stevens song in between the Led Zeppelin, Foghat, and Black Oak Arkansas, grooving to "When My Baby's Beside Me." But it didn't make it with the 'uncool' bubblegum crowd either. If "India Song" and "Feel" had been the singles, then it would've been a different story, they're so infectiously catchy, any average amount of radio play would've landed them in the top 10.
So get this disc and rediscover the bizzare, authentic, American poetry that was Big Star, circa 1972. There's nothing else like it.