BIG-STAR

The Best Of Big Star, at first glance, hardly seems like a necessary addition to your power pop collection. If you’ve got the first three records, you’ll have all these songs already, right? Almost!

In a very enticing move, the compilers of this new disc have included six original 7″ single mixes, four of which have never been released on CD (or LP, one would assume) before. 

The album includes liner notes by Robert Gordon, who also wrote the liners for the Big Star box set Keep An Eye On The Sky, and a foreword by the sole surviving member of the original line-up, Jody Stephens.

The Best Of Big Star will be released on Stax/Concord on April 28th. The complete tracklisting:

  1. In the Street (Single Mix)
  2. Don’t Lie to Me (Single Version)
  3. September Gurls (Single Version)
  4. Thirteen
  5. Jesus Christ (Single Edit)
  6. I’m In Love With a Girl
  7. O My Soul (Single Edit)
  8. Feel
  9. When My Baby’s Beside Me
  10. Take Care
  11. Life is White
  12. Watch the Sunrise (Single Version)
  13. The Ballad of El Goodo
  14. Nighttime
  15. Back of a Car
  16. Thank You Friends
Nightime
Big Star
Nightime

Big Star - Nightime (1974/1978)

I’m more than a little bummed out that I’m gonna miss performance of this album at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco today. Of course I can’t stand the crowds, and I have to work, but the idea of hearing the whole album performed by people like Robyn Hitchcock, Chris Stamey, and Van Dyke Parks sounds pretty great. I saw Big Star (the 2000s version with the guys from the Posies), and Alex Chilton was in great form and enjoying himself immensely. But they very pointedly did not play songs from the 3rd album - too depressing I suppose.

Get me out of here
Get me out of here
I hate it here
Get me out of here

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Alex Chilton quería toda la pasta, sin contemplaciones. 1970, después de cantar en los Box Tops y antes de juntarse con Rock City para convertirse en Big Star. “I Can Dig It”, como composición no es nada del otro mundo, pero el sonidoesas rasposas guitarras