Big Star – #1 Record (Remastered) (1972/2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Big Star – #1 Record (Remastered) (1972/2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:55 minutes | 1,42 GB | Genre: Power Pop, Pop Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Stax

Big Star, considered to be among the founders of power pop, has been cited as an influence by many of the major alternative bands of the ’80s and ’90s, and continues to be a powerful presence in today’s musical landscape. Artists such as R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements (who famously penned the song “Alex Chilton”) and Wilco all enthusiastically tout the artistic impact of the group. Mike Mills recalls Big Star as “a band who had gotten it right, who made records that sounded like rock and roll bands should sound. A band who wrote all the songs, from flat-out rockers to achingly beautiful ballads that were still somehow rock songs.”

The legacy of #1 Record has far exceeded the original commercial letdowns of both albums (Radio City and #1 Record), which are now considered to be milestones in the history of rock by critics and musicians alike. The LP made it onto Rolling Stone‘s 500 “Greatest Albums of All Time” lists, and numerous artists (Elliott Smith, Beck and Jeff Buckley to name a few) have recorded covers of the band’s songs.

#1 Record Review by William Ruhlmann
The problem with coming in late on an artwork lauded as “influential” is that you’ve probably encountered the work it influenced first, so its truly innovative qualities are lost. Thus, if you are hearing Big Star’s debut album for the first time decades after its release (as, inevitably, most people must), you may be reminded of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers or R.E.M., who came after – that is, if you don’t think of the Byrds and the Beatles circa 1965. What was remarkable about #1 Record in 1972 was that nobody except Big Star (and maybe Badfinger and the Raspberries) wanted to sound like this – simple, light pop with sweet harmonies and jangly guitars. Since then, dozens of bands have rediscovered those pleasures. But in a way, that’s an advantage because, whatever freshness is lost across the years, Big Star’s craft is only confirmed. These are sturdy songs, feelingly performed, and once you get beyond the style to the content, you’ll still be impressed.

1-1. Big Star – Feel (Remastered 2024) (03:30)
1-2. Big Star – The Ballad Of El Goodo (Remastered 2024) (04:18)
1-3. Big Star – In The Street (Remastered 2024) (02:53)
1-4. Big Star – Thirteen (Remastered 2024) (02:33)
1-5. Big Star – Don’t Lie To Me (Remastered 2024) (03:08)
1-6. Big Star – The India Song (Remastered 2024) (02:20)
1-7. Big Star – When My Baby’s Beside Me (Remastered 2024) (03:23)
1-8. Big Star – My Life Is Right (Remastered 2024) (03:06)
1-9. Big Star – Give Me Another Chance (Remastered 2024) (03:27)
1-10. Big Star – Try Again (Remastered 2024) (03:32)
1-11. Big Star – Watch The Sunrise (Remastered 2024) (03:44)
1-12. Big Star – St 100/6 (Remastered 2024) (00:57)


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