#1 Record/Radio City

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
A two-fer combining Big Star's first and second albums, #1 Record/Radio City remains a definitive document of early-'70s American power pop and a virtual blueprint for much of the finest alternative rock that came after it. The lone Big Star record to merit the full participation of founder Chris Bell, the brightly produced #1 Record splits the songwriting credits evenly between him and Alex Chilton in the tradition of Lennon-McCartney. But from the beginning, the group is tearing apart at the seams: Bell and Chilton's relationship seems less a working partnership than a battle of wills, and each possesses his own distinctive vision. The purist, Bell crafts electrifying ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
A two-fer combining Big Star's first and second albums, #1 Record/Radio City remains a definitive document of early-'70s American power pop and a virtual blueprint for much of the finest alternative rock that came after it. The lone Big Star record to merit the full participation of founder Chris Bell, the brightly produced #1 Record splits the songwriting credits evenly between him and Alex Chilton in the tradition of Lennon-McCartney. But from the beginning, the group is tearing apart at the seams: Bell and Chilton's relationship seems less a working partnership than a battle of wills, and each possesses his own distinctive vision. The purist, Bell crafts electrifying and melodic classic pop like "Feel" and "In the Street," while Chilton, the malcontent, pens luminous, melancholy ballads like "The Ballad of El Goodo" and "Thirteen." Ultimately, their tension makes #1 Record brilliant. However, Radio City shifts gears dramatically: Bell is largely absent though he guests, uncredited, on a few tracks, including the wonderful "Back of a Car", allowing Chilton's darker impulses free reign. From the raucous opener "O My Soul" onward, the new Big Star is noisier, edgier, and even more potent. Erratic mixing, spotty production, shaky performances -- by all rights, Radio City should be a failure, yet Chilton is at his best when poised on the brink of disaster, and the songs hang together seemingly on faith and conviction alone. Each track recalls pop's glory days, from the Kinks-ish snarl of "Mod Lang" to the Byrds-like guitar glow that adorns "Way Out West." The much-celebrated "September Gurls" is indeed a classic -- everything right and good about pop music distilled down to three minutes of pure genius.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218732369
  • Catalog Number: 60025
  • Sales rank: 34,936

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feel (3:30)
  2. 2 The Ballad Of El Goodo (4:17)
  3. 3 In The Street (2:53)
  4. 4 Thirteen (2:34)
  5. 5 Don't Lie To Me (3:08)
  6. 6 The India Song (2:18)
  7. 7 When My Baby's Beside Me (3:20)
  8. 8 My Life Is Right (3:03)
  9. 9 Give Me Another Chance (3:23)
  10. 10 Try Again (3:32)
  11. 11 Watch The Sunrise (3:41)
  12. 12 ST 100/6 (0:56)
  13. 13 O My Soul (5:35)
  14. 14 Life Is White (3:17)
  15. 15 Way Out West (2:46)
  16. 16 What's Going Ahn (2:38)
  17. 17 You Get What You Deserve (3:05)
  18. 18 Mod Lang (2:43)
  19. 19 Back Of A Car (2:43)
  20. 20 Daisy Glaze (3:50)
  21. 21 She's A Mover (3:10)
  22. 22 September Gurls (2:47)
  23. 23 Morpha Too (1:28)
  24. 24 I'm In Love With A Girl (1:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Star Primary Artist
Chris Bell Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Alex Chilton Guitar, Vocals
Andy Hummell Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jody Stephens Drums
Technical Credits
Chris Bell Composer, Contributor
Alex Chilton Composer, Contributor
Rick Clark Liner Notes
John Fry Engineer
George Horn Mastering
Andy Hummell Contributor
Jody Stephens Contributor
Brian Hogg Liner Notes
Phil Smee Cover Design
Eubanks Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CHINA ALMOST

    C.D.'s given on Christmas can give you either: a) great music you've never directly heard, or b)one fantastic song distilled into twelve. I've only gotten one of b (Will Smith's 'Willenium.' Uhhhh.) Big Star are definately A. If you've seen That 70's Show, you'll recognize "In the Street." Cheap Trick covered the song better in my opinion. But to think such a great song is the worst on these 24 tracks is incredible. Any band can find something to cover here. Blisful, heartfelt...just buy it and feel like a teen in a garage band again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Power-Pop album by an obscure 1970s group that can stand beside the work of the Beatles easily!

    The _#1 Record/Radio City_ CD contains, 1970s Power-Poppers, Big Star first two vinyl albums on one CD. Outside the Beatles, nobody has ever made better Power-Pop than Big Star. If you love the Beatles, you will love this guaranteed! Big Star's sound is kind of like a mix of Rubber Soul-era Beatles and Hard Days Night-era Beatles with the Who's Keith Moon drumming. The songs _September Gurls_, _Back Of A Car_, She's A Mover_, _Feel_, _In The Street, and _Don't Lie To Me_ are excellent rockers. The more gentle _You Get What You Deserve_, _Ballad Of El Goodo_, _Thirteen_, _Give Me Another Chance_, and _Try Again_ are beautiful ballads. These albums were released in 1973 and 1974, though I didn't discover them until 1994 which made me wonder why they are never publicized given how great they are? Get it; you'll be hooked!

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