Album #243 – #1 Record

Album #243

Big Star is one of those bands that hardly anyone knows about but those that do, think they are one of the best bands of all-time. Big Star certainly falls into that category for me and they changed my life musically by getting to know and love power pop music even more than I did before. Big Star we’re not just power pop. That title does not do their music justice. They have a special kind of magic that cannot be defined. Big Star only recorded four albums and two live albums. A box set was also released last year. In the last year, Alex Chilton, front-man, chief songwriter and guitarist extraodinare passed away. Andy Hummel, the bass player, died several months afterward. Chris Bell, another original member, died in the 70’s. So, needless to say there will be no reunion anytime soon. Big Star is technically still a band but is now a trio headed up by Jody Stephens. He is the only original member left. Big Star could have been one of the biggest bands in rock except they were not. Their label had financial problems and Big Star was never promoted as much as they could have been. But, what remains is an amazing body of music. I really got into Big Star’s music after Chilton passed away last year. Hummel’s death was bittersweet too. The music on this album is a mixture of rocking power pop glory and mellow, ballad-like songs. Every song is just as amazing as the one before. Notable tracks on #1 Record include: In The Street (re-recorded and some of the lyrics re-written to become the theme to That 70’s Show by fellow power-pop rockers Cheap Trick), Thirteen (their most covered and second famous song), The Ballad of El Goodo and Feel. I love this album because it has some of the best music to come out of the 1970’s. The two follow-up albums: Radio City and Third/Sister Lovers are equally as good and magical. Both, I believe, are also on the list. I do own this album and I am so glad I do. One of the best albums of the 1970’s by far!!! Overall, I give this album 6 out of 5!!!!

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