30th Anniversary Expanded Version of Band's Revered 3rd Full-Length LP w/ Download featuring 13 Bonus Tracks, 9 Previously Unissued!
Omnivore Recordings continues the re-examination of Game Theory's stellar 1980s catalog with an expanded reissue of The Big Shot Chronicles. Passionate fans of the group all have a favorite GT album, and the band's drummer, Gil Ray, refers to The Big Shot Chronicles as his favorite in an revealing discussion with set co-producer and Game Theory constant/confidant Dan Vallor in the new set's liner notes.
The original 12-track album, produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let's Active, Velvet Crush, Pavement), featured an expansion of the band's sound, and contains the MTV 120 Minutes staple "Erica's Word." For its 30th anniversary, 13 tracks have been added – nine of which are previously unissued. From demos, outtakes, rough mixes, and live tracks, one can see the sonic trajectory the band was on – leading up to their arguable magnum opus, Lolita Nation. In addition to alternate versions of originals, this set includes batch of covers of songs by Todd Rundgren, Roxy Music, Big Star, The Velvet Underground, and more.
The CD and digital versions contain 25 tracks, while the LP component (first pressing on colored vinyl) has the original 12-track LP, with a download for the entire CD program. Packaging again contains a plethora of unseen images from long-time group photographer "Photo Robert" Toren. Add in liner notes including the aforementioned Ray/Vallor discussion, an essay from Rolling Stone/Mojo/SPIN scribe Jason Cohen, and a remembrance from the Magnetic Field's Stephin Merritt, and The Big Shot Chronicles' 30th anniversary is everything it should be.
The Big Shot Chronicles landed at #16 of the top 200 Power Pop albums of all time in the book Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide and #43 in Paste magazine July 2016 survey of the "50 Best Post-Punk Albums." The Chicago Reader said the album was "ambitious and elaborate ... packed with sunny, ultra catchy melodies, sweet vocal harmonies, and soft-focus psychedelia." So, take your first shot, or prepare for a bigger shot of The Big Shot Chronicles. As annotator Cohen states in his liners, "The Big Shot Chronicles is now 30 years old. It still sounds like it could have come out today. And here it is tomorrow."