#1 Record by Big Star

Big Star were a rock 'n' roll band formed in the 70s with a hugely ironic name; they were never big in their time. They've recently been made the subject of a new rockumentary, 'Nothing Can Hurt Me', which tells the story of their critical and commercial failure as a band -- and the redemption story of how popular they are now. '#1 Record' is their debut record, featuring power pop favourites such as "Thirteen" and "In The Street". Big Star have gone on to make power pop and bold rock music seem appealling to new bands, including Okkervil River and The Men, who claimed to have affectionally plagarized the artwork for '#1 Record' for their own new record, 'Tomorrow's Hits'.

 

Tracks:

  • Feel
  • The Ballad of El Goodo
  • In The Street
  • Thirteen
  • Don't Lie To Me
  • The India Song
  • When My Baby's Beside Me
  • My Life Is Right
  • Give Me Another Chance
  • Try Again
  • Watch the Sunrise

Vinyl LP £31.49 4M2401LP

Reissue 180g purple vinyl LP on 4 Men With Beards.

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Classic LP reissued on Fantasy.

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#1 Record by Big Star
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10/10 Penrith Steve 15th October 2014

The best Big Star album was, this, their first. The songwriting duo of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell struck a perfect balance on this album. Influenced by The Beatles and The Beach Boys, I guess this would be regarded as one of the first power pop albums. Opener "Feel" certainly sits nicely in that genre. "The Ballad Of El Goodo" is a marvellous song, as good as anything, ever. "Thirteen" is another stand out, apparently penned by Chilton when he was just thirteen. Rocker "When My Baby's Beside Me" and Bell's gentle "Watch The Sunrise" are particularly good. The only track that spoils things is the dreadful "India Song", however, this is still 10/10 stuff!


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