Now that we’re back on track, here’s Big Star with 1972’s “#1 Record”. Sadly lead singer Alex Chilton has been gone since 2010, which gives the songs on this debut a little bit of a melancholy feel when one gets to reminiscing of great music past and all those who can’t be with us today, but despite that it’s still hard not to get happy too when listening to this record. Songs like “The Ballad of El Goodo” are rife with that uplifting 70’s pop rock feel that carries off like a hot air balloon, and “In The Street” speaks for itself(especially after the attention some of it’s lyrics received in a certain popular sitcom for quite a few years). And if you can’t get a tad wistful when the gorgeous “Thirteen” plays…. well that’s just sacrilege.
Great record, and what a sound pressed to wax. The guitars sound like they’re living rent free right next to your ears.