#1 Record/Radio City [Bonus Tracks]

#1 Record/Radio City [Bonus Tracks]

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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

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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. [Fantasy's 2009 #1 Record/Radio City two-fer included bonus tracks.]

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Release Date:
06/16/2009
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0888072314573
catalogNumber:
31457
Rank:
14337

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#1 Record/Radio City 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.