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#32!
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. 

#32!

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. 

athousandvoicestalk:

Blue Moon Big Star (from Big Star’s Third, circa 1975)

     Following from yesterday, another great song from Third. There are days, many days, when I think this is the most beautiful musical recording ever made. There are plenty of love songs that reflect affection, devotion, lust, obsession, jealousy, heartbreak, and so on. There’s not as many about the condition of supporting someone you love in their time of need.

     Surely, they exist, and I’ll Be There by The Jackson 5 comes to my mind as I write this, but I think that it’s not as frequent a topic compared to other types of love songs. Maybe it’s because the nature of pop music - its immediacy - doesn’t easily lend itself to the serious, mature emotional investment reflected in a song like this.

The woodwinds - played (or arranged) by Carl Marsh, I believe - always strike a sad chord in me.

  • Plays: 150
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365days-of-music:

Big Star - “In the Street”

That awesome moment when that awesome band you’ve loved for years and that awesome show you’ve loved for years are awesomely connected in the most awesome way possible.

From the album “#1 Record Radio City”. 

  • Track: In The Street
  • Artist: Big Star
  • Album: #1 Record
  • Plays: 141
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Musicians and fans have always passed around Big Star songs and albums like a secret handshake. When you found out someone hadn’t heard #1 Record or Radio City, you were so excited to provide that missing link, to pass on all the glimmer, the jangly guitar, the big chords, the melodies, the American anthems that let you keep your teenage self — for some of us long since faded — close, etched upon your skin. And suddenly, you realized that every great band or musician you love also loved Alex Chilton and Big Star; it’s certain. More importantly, it’s crucial. I remember seeing Elliott Smith cover “Thirteen,” and I wanted to climb inside every line of that song, to be both the lover and the beloved, the outlaw, to merely exist in the wondrous realm somewhere between Smith’s version and Big Star’s. By

Alex Chilton: I’m In Love With That Song, Carrie Brownstein.

Old but wonderful piece written the day after Alex Chilton died. It expresses all the love I could possibly hold in my little heart for Big Star. (via blackwithink)

Beautiful.