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Big Star Radio City

(180g Vinyl LP)***

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Big Star Radio City on 180g LP 

Big Star's legacy has long outlasted its short tenure as a band. Led by ex-Box Tops singer Alex Chilton and including Chris Bell (vocals, guitar), Andy Hummel (bass) and Jody Stephens (drums), the group's inspired mixture of ‘60s pop, powered interplay and irresistible melody was exciting and special: it was out of step with the mainstream rock sounds of 1972. Though Chilton had come off of a #1 blue-eyed soul hit, the Box Tops' "The Letter," Big Star's music was a glorious mesh of British-influenced pop, Byrds-esque harmonies, taut edginess and studio expertise. Traces of the Beatles, the Kinks and Badfinger pulsate through their repertoire.

The band's debut album, #1 Record, flew in the face of 1972's abounding folk-rock and progressive-rock sounds. The album's greatness was not lost on rock critics of the day, but in the end it did not sell particularly well, attributed in part to the piecemeal distribution network of Ardent's distributor, Stax. Still, songs like "In the Street," "Don't Lie to Me, "Feel" and "The Ballad of El Goodo" became cult classics. Tension began to mount within the band's ranks as Bell saw his role as leader eclipsed by Chilton's dominant personality. Bell preferred that Big Star remain a studio entity while Chilton was eager for the band to hit the live circuit. Around Christmas 1972, Bell quit his own band and Big Star soldiered onward as a trio.

In 1974, Ardent released Radio City, the second and (for the moment) final Big Star album. Its best-known song, "September Gurls," remains one of pop's classic songs with its mesmerizing chorus and Chilton's ringing guitar break sounding like the Byrds fused with the venom of the Kinks. "O My Soul," "Back of a Car" and "Mod Lang" are cut from a similar cloth while "Life Is White" and "Way Out West" show the band's slower side. 

The second album from the quintessential American power pop band is now reissued on 180 gram vinyl courtesy of 4 Men With Beards. Radio City features the Big Star line up of Alex Chilton, Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens. LP includes faithfully restored sleeve and label art.

Big Star Radio City Track Listing:

1.  O My Soul
2.  Life Is White
3.  Way Out West
4.  What's Going Ahn
5.  You Get What You Deserve
6.  Mod Lang
7.  Back of a Car
8.  Daisy Glaze
9.  She's a Mover
10. September Gurls
11. Morpha Too
12. I'm in Love With a Girl 
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1. O My Soul
2. Life Is White
3. Way Out West
4. What's Going Ahn
5. You Get What You Deserve
6. Mod Lang
7. Back of a Car
8. Daisy Glaze
9. She's a Mover
10. September Gurls
11. Morpha Too
12. I'm in Love With a Girl

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