I Am the Cosmos Original recording reissued
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The rockers (Get Away, Make a Scene, I Don't Know) remind me not so much of Big Star, but of John Lennon's rebellious Plastic Ono Band period: fiery but chaotic.
Those familiar with Big Star songs such as `The Ballad of El Goodo,' My Life Is Right,' Try Again' and `Give Me Another Chance' shouldn't be surprised with Bell's spiritual affirmations. `Better Save Yourself,' Look Up,' and `There Was a Light' clearly seek the heavens for inspiration.
I wouldn't rate `I Am the Cosmos' on par with Big Star's first two albums, but Chris Bell's influence on the band's majestic sound is profound.
"I Am The Cosmos" - Soul-searching, lonesome, and an all time power pop classic. Would have sounded just as good on Third/Sister Lovers.
"Speed Of Sound" - Runs a little long, but this emotionally fragile tune is one of the best on the CD.
"You And Your Sister" - Chilton's backing vocals and the sweeping arrangement make this one of the greatest love songs nobody has ever heard. Truly a keeper, in any of the 3 versions that appear here (they aren't TOO different, but all worthy).
"There Was A Light" - I'd describe this as George Harrison and Mitch Easter jamming on a soul-pop theme.
When I was a teenager (in the early '90s), I first heard the album "Blood" from This Mortal Coil. On it, they cover "You and Your Sister" from this album. I saw that it was written by Chris Bell, but I had yet to learn about Big Star. Eventually my fanaticism with Paul Westerberg led me to Alex Chilton and company. I listed to that song over and over again.
Now with this Chris Bell release, I can listen to three different versions of it! And each one is worthwhile. No overkill, no filler, this is a solid record.
having finally picked up the original Rykodisc 1 CD release of the album
that dates back to 1993 and this being a rather pricey Rhino Handmade
edition, but ended up not being able to resist, being
the massive Big Star and Chris Bell fan that I am, and realizing how
much extra material was included I realized it was well worth the investment
and so right was I!! This a simply gorgeous reissue, complete with a lovely
booklet with great rare photos and some nice essays on Chris by
his brother David and other folks, and a run-down of the origins and
differences in the alternate and demo tracks on disc 2. Plus I think the whole
thing sounds even better than the original Ryko album edition,
which already sounded fine but this sounds even cleaner and more powerful
of a remaster.
I think the whole thing is essential and particularly if you're
a dedicated Big Star and Alex Chilton fan you'll likely want to add this to your
collection. I haven't stopped playing it since it arrived and I was already
playing the Ryko CD constantly so it just augments what was already available.
I don't have a least favorite song, they're pretty much all great, and the whole
thing grows on you over time even the alternate versions of tracks like "Speed of Sound"
or "Fight at the Table" or "Better Save Yourself."
Also realized the price isn't that high considering all you're getting and the gorgeous
packaging and loving care with which this reissue was executed. Hats off to Rhino, Ardent,
the Bell family, everyone involved in getting this masterpiece released!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For me this is a total snore. Drenched in reverb, recorded poorly, whining singing and bland compositions I am amazed the praise this snore fest gets. To each his own.Published 2 months ago by tuneleft
The only downside to this recording is that Chris Bell only made so many recordings as a solo artist. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeff
A mess. This album wasn't necessarily recorded as a singular album, and as such it's sort of stitched together from various sessions and demos. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jacob Smith
Oh please it's Chris Bell - if you don't have this in your collection - then your collection is not complete. Buy it Listen to it give as giftsPublished 12 months ago by lionsinhollywood
Chris Bell could convert his personal pain to beauty like no other. Bell left us way to soon but left behind a album of rare brilliance that can be enjoyed for the ages.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer