Big Star Vinyl, CD & tapes by Big Star at Norman Records

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Big Star
In Space

Excitement alert perhaps for Big Star fans as their 2005 comeback album gets re-issued to save you paying outrageous prices on discogs. Previously to this Alex Chilton had little or nothing good to say about his increasingly influential work with Big Star so it was a surprise when he reconvened the band with the help of members of the Posies. It would have been amazing had it been anything of the quality of their earlier records - it isn't- but it's still a Big Star record. It sort of sounds like them and following his passing in 2010 it's one of the last times we heard Alex Chilton's still intact voice and jangly power-pop moves.  
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  • Big Star

Alex Chilton
It Isn’t Always That Easy

One of the most iconic figures in alternative music history, Alex Chilton entered a Memphis studio in 1969 between the demise of the Box Tops and the beginnings of his legendary band Big Star to lay down a number of demos. Two intimate songs that never made it to the tracklisting of 2012’s posthumous compilation Free Again, the affecting ‘It Isn’t Always That Easy’ and the starry-eyed ‘If You Would Marry Me Baby’ are presented here on a beautiful 7” single. 
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Big Star
Live On WLIR

Big Star’s Live On WLIR gets a reissue. Recorded for NYC’s WLIR broadcaster in 1974 but not released as a record until 1992, this album finds the power pop pioneers running through tunes from their first two full-lengths. They also throw a nifty Loudon Wainwright III cover in there. This new edition includes extensive liner notes and an interview with Big Star bassist John Lightman. The vinyl release is the first time that Live On WLIR has been put to wax.
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  • Big Star

Alex Chilton
Memphis To New Orleans

It’s probably fair to say that Alex Chilton’s solo career was patchy, but then this was because also quite varied. He’d had hits as the singer of ‘60s band The Box Tops, made two concise albums with Big Star before making the sprawling, weird, dark but mostly brilliant Big Star’s Third. It was the approach he took to this album that ostensibly set the blueprint for his solo career. Memphis To New Orleans compiles the best of his ‘80s solo career, with many of the songs no longer available anywhere else. Reissue LP and CD on Bar-None.
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  • Big Star

Alex Chilton
Songs From Robin Hood Lane

Following the first two Big Star albums in the early ‘70s, Alex Chilton has consistently thrown curveballs at his fans with his next release. I guess Songs From Robin Hood Lane, a collection of songs from the Great American Songbook should surprise no-one, then. This posthumous compilation features 4 unreleased tracks and 3 very rare out-of-print tracks. The songs chosen all reminded Chilton of his childhood home on Robin Hood Lane in Memphis. It was recorded in 1990. LP and CD on Bar-None.
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  • Big Star

Alex Chilton
A Man Called Destruction

Following on from his wildly successful stints in the Box Tops and Big Star, Alex Chilton spent his remaining years as a kind of musical troll, constantly switching styles and annoying his audience. A Man Called Destruction was his 1995 comeback and featured an eclectic mix of garage rock, jazz and r&b.  

Alex Chilton
Take Me Home And Make Me Like It

Alex Chilton was the ultimate musical troll. Having made chart friendly white boy soul with The Box Tops and wonderful trebly guitar pop with Big Star, he then set about on a solo career that attempted to annoy each and everyone of his fans. This new collection is taken from the sessions that yielded his album 'Bach's Bottom' and 'The Singer Not the Song' EP and sees Chilton performing with wild and unhinged abandon. 
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  • Big Star

Big Star
The Best Of Big Star

If trawling through the classic-era Big Star's mammoth collection of three albums is too much for you then consider this handy 'best of' which collects tracks from each to showcase Alex Chilton's prime power pop band. With songs such as 'Back of My Car' and 'September Gurls' in their locker it's still rather hard to fathom why they only sold about twelve records.  

Big Star
Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri

In one of the more surprising moves of the '90's former Box Top and professional grump since 1976 Alex Chilton was persuaded to reform his classic early '70s power pop band Big Star. The two surviving/interested members were joined by crazy haired Seattle two-some the Posies. This collection is the complete recording of their set at University of Missouri and includes run throughs of many of their ignored at the time but now popular numbers as well as nicely a take on fallen Big Star comrade Chris Bell's 'I Am the Cosmos'.  This is the first time the complete set has been released.  

Big Star
Live In Memphis

Big Star were rock 'n' roll's most spectacular failures, ignored in their time but widely beloved now for their underdog story and inspiring power pop hooks. 'Live In Memphis' was one of their only recorded live shows, showing them off in 1994 when the stakes were low and the emotions ran high. Plenty of high points for Big Star are gifted to the crowd, here, along with random T. Rex covers. Those are important.
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Nothing Can Hurt Me

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Radio City

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Big Star
#1 Record

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Teenage Fanclub / Big Star
Mine Exclusively / Patti Girl

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